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BDS DEFEAT: StandWithUs Canada Congratulates U of T Student Leaders
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July 28, 2015 - StandWithUs Canada congratulates the student representatives of the U of T (University of Toronto) Board of Directors (UTSU) who resoundingly defeated the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions movement to demonize Israel) in a motion at their campus.  The meeting, held to vote on the funding of a BDS ad hoc committee at U of T, was defeated as the result of a secret ballot with 17 votes against, 7 in favour, and 2 abstentions.

One of the board members of UTSU (who wishes to remain anonymous) issued this statement to StandWithUs Canada,  "I thought the motion was designed to divide students and marginalized Jewish students specifically. There was no reason why the UTSU should organizationally take a stance when it clearly discriminates against portions of our membership. I'd also add that BDS has no place on our campus”

Aidan Fishman, former U of T StandWithUs Canada Emerson Fellow, "With 17 votes against, seven in favour, and two abstentions, the vote has failed." The UTSU Board of Directors stands on the right side of history, and has voted decisively not to establish a BDS Committee!"​

Zina Rakhamilova, StandWithUs Canada Campus Coordinator, who worked with pro-Israel student leaders to combat the motion, said "In the end, it was about fairness and we were grateful to the non-Jewish student leaders who recognized that this motion had nothing to do with real student governance, and stood up against bigotry".

StandWithUs Canada is proud of the student leaders who wish to maintain an​ inclusive environment on their campus. Meryle Kates, Executive Director, said  "The propagandists who attempt to insert BDS into the agenda of student government on campuses are bullying and discriminatory, singling out one country, one group of people, for condemnation. Their goal is the destruction of the Jewish state, and students are rejecting their toxic and divisive motions on campuses across North America."​

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