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The 40 Worst Colleges

for

Jewish Students, 2017

Jewish Population on Campus

2%

21. University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Three separate BDS votes took place at the University of Ottawa between November 2017 and March — twice at the Student Federation's Board of Administration and once at its General Assembly. While all three initiatives failed, they caused considerable concern among the school's Jewish community. Students were only notified of the first vote hours before Shabbat, even though it was set to take place that Sunday, prompting the Jewish human rights group B’nai Brith Canada to warn of legal action. The incident took place shortly after the school's Hillel and its sister organization, the Israel Awareness Committee, accused the Student Federation of trying to revoke their club status. “We are currently dealing with a student government that doesn’t care for their own by-laws, doesn’t have a current constitution, and acts based on bias and ideology as opposed to pragmatism,” the director of Hillel Ottawa said in March. Weeks later, after the third BDS defeat on campus, the university's president and vice-chancellor spoke out against the campaign, calling it "divisive and a detriment to an open and welcoming campus environment." (Photo credit: Wikipedia.)

Jewish Population on Campus

2%

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