Students at the University of Ottawa on Sunday evening rejected a motion by the Student Federation of UOttawa (SFUO) to advance the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement on campus. This was the third such vote in the last six months, all of which failed to reach the two-thirds threshold needed to pass.
“I am pleased to announce that for a third time, the motion was defeated.
Thanks to our partners, and most importantly to our students who demonstrated tremendous fortitude and again mobilized, showing outstanding leadership and character,” said Andrea Freedman, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in a message to the Jewish community. “Our students are fighting a difficult battle and they are doing so on behalf of everyone who values dialogue, debate and diversity. Yasher Koach to these amazing students!”
While the university’s administration generally refrains from commenting on Student Federation business, the President and Vice-Chancellor President Jacques Frémont on Monday issued a strong denunciation of the BDS campaign. [Read more…]