Press Release: Anti-Israel Referendum at King’s College Fails to Achieve Quorum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2017

London, ON – This week, members of the King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC) at the University of Western Ontario voted on a referendum question calling for boycott and divestment from companies connected with Israel. In total, 355 student members voted in favour of the resolution and 113 voted against it. Due to the fact that less than 30% of eligible members participated in the referendum, quorum was not reached and the results will not be binding on the KUCSC.

In response, Marc Newburgh, CEO of Hillel Ontario, issued the following statement:

“We applaud those students who campaigned against this resolution and put forward a competing proposal for a broad, comprehensive approach to ethical investment. In rejecting this principled initiative and choosing to single out Israel, BDS activists exposed their intellectual dishonesty and bigoted motives. We are therefore not surprised that BDS failed to gain a critical mass of support at King’s.”

Judy Zelikovitz, Vice President of University and Local Partner Services at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), added:

“BDS failed to earn enough votes to achieve ratification, reflecting the fact that it is at odds with the values of the vast majority of students. In its hostility toward Israel and its supporters, the BDS movement only serves as a barrier to meaningful dialogue and debate on campus. It is discriminatory, based on falsehoods, and ultimately antithetical to peace. Contrary to the rhetoric of the BDS movement, Canada’s universities have been steadily strengthening ties with Israel through growing academic partnerships and exchanges – to the great benefit of Canadian institutions.”

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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.

For more information, please contact:

Steve McDonald
Deputy Director, Communications and Public Affairs
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
416-953-4417
smcdonald@cija.ca

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