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Opinion: Enough is Enough. Stop Pushing Anti-Israel BDS at McGill
Montreal
Montreal Gazette 
March 12, 2015

Just a few short months ago, McGill students were faced with a decision: Support a motion led by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, calling for the Students' Society of McGill University's condemnation of Israel - a motion polarizing the student body and marginalizing Jewish and pro-Israel students - or defeat it.

In a General Assembly in October, McGill students voted to table the motion indefinitely. And yet, enough never seems to be enough. This Sunday March 15, the SSMU is ignoring the will of the students and calling upon them to come out again to vote once more on the same issue.

This time, the motion would have the SSMU petition McGill's Board of Governors and take other steps, “in concert with SPHR,” to “campaign to mobilize the McGill population on the responsibility of the McGill endowment to divest and refrain from investing in companies” like Volvo, Oshkosh, Toyota, Mitsubishi and RE/MAX that “pose social injury by contributing to the continuation and profitability of the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories.” This is to be done through “meetings with faculty, staff, and alumni... meeting with student associations... [and] holding activities and events around campus.” The motion seems to give SPHR the right to bombard the entire student body with their one-sided propaganda.

Enough is enough! Enough harassment! Enough bullying! Enough pretence! Enough resolutions!

Enough inundating campus with a permanent campaign on a single issue. Not just on one issue, but on one side of the issue.

Enough of seeing flyers everywhere, designed to make us feel uncomfortable or to discourage others from befriending us, to make us feel that we are not welcome on campus.

Let's be honest. This resolution, if it passes - and it cannot be allowed to pass - will not bring anyone closer to peace. It will not educate anyone on the realities of the conflict. It would, however, ensure that only one side could be heard. It would further polarize the McGill campus and import a challenging and difficult conflict. It would marginalize Jewish students and pro-Israel supporters.

One just has to scan through the press to see the real face of BDS and its offensive, hateful and anti-Semitic tone and messaging on university campuses around the world: The student government at UCLA that challenged a qualified candidate, because she was Jewish and active with Hillel (Jewish student group on campus). Chants of kill the Jews at a BDS protest just a few days ago in South Africa. Even Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has stated that the BDS movement is not helpful. It will just serve the purposes of a tiny fringe and radical group, a few hundred - out of more than 30,000 students - who are taking the school population and its government hostage to its extremist agenda.

Who doesn't look back on their university years as an incredible time? We're not sure we will. We, and many of our friends, may just remember a time when our campus, or rather the SSMU, was hijacked by a movement intent on polarizing the McGill student body, and marginalizing our community under the guise of social justice, and the masquerade of the misguided BDS movement against Israel. We are not alone. #EnoughisEnough. We call upon all McGill students to come out Sunday and vote No.

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