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November 13, 2014 12:11 pm

Toronto’s Ryerson Univ. Passes Motion to Protect Students From Anti-Semitism

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The Ryerson University crest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Toronto’s Ryerson University student union (RSU) passed a motion protecting Jewish students from anti-Semitism on campus.

Last spring, RSU voted to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has since created a hostile environment on campus, especially for Jewish or pro-Israel students.

The motion calls on the Ryerson Student Union to “publicly oppose anti-Semitic actions on campus, to work with Jewish students to fight anti-Semitism and for the RSU to publish an annual report detailing all incidents of racism on campus and the actions taken by RSU.”

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Meryle Kates, executive director of the Canadian region of the Israel education group StandWithUs, praised student leaders “for taking this pro-active stance, and mobilizing other students to vote, to restore a more peaceful and inclusive environment on their campus.”

Along with the anti-Semitism motion, another motion revamping RSU’s “No Islamophobia No Anti-Semitism No Racism Campaign” passed unanimously.

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