For Immediate Release
May 22, 2017
Vancouver, BC – On Sunday, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) at Simon Fraser University announced the results of a referendum calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions measures against Israel.
The referendum was defeated by a vote of 227 to 186.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Hillel B.C., and StandWithUs Canada worked together to support a concerned group of pro-Israel students, instructors, and SFU faculty who campaigned against this discriminatory resolution.
In response, Nico Slobinsky, Director of CIJA’s office in the Pacific Region, issued the following:
“We are pleased that the TSSU membership voted to reject BDS, which would have only served to undermine academic freedom and discriminate against Israelis.
“These types of anti-Israel initiatives are at odds with the principles of inclusion and tolerance and often violate human rights codes by calling for discrimination on the basis of national origin; they have no place on a campus that purports to celebrate diversity and meaningful debate.
“We offer our sincere appreciation to the many union members who, by opposing the referendum, have spoken out passionately against discrimination based on national origin. We encourage the TSSU members and university administrators to continue opposing discrimination of any kind on their campus.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and all of Canada’s Jewish Federations.
Director, Pacific Region
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs