This morning, we were disturbed and outraged by reports that the BC Island School of Building Arts was rejecting applicants from Israel due to “conflict and illegal settlement activity in the region”.
In response, CIJA immediately contacted the school, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education to investigate this incident and convey our deep concern.
We are pleased to announce that the ISBA has reversed its decision. Below is our letter to the ISBA and its response:
After significant thought and listening to all interested parties, ISBA has decided to rescind any restriction placed on accepting students from Israel and apologize for any inconvenience.
ISBA remains acceptant to all and will continue to do so without restrictions.
Island School of Building Arts (ISBA)
3199 Coast Road
Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X7
Attn: Patricia Rokosh, Manager Student Services
We write to express our deep concern about emerging reports on print and social media to the effect that an Israeli student has been denied an application to study at your school due to “conflict and illegal settlement activity in the (Middle East) region”. If this is indeed the case, we would like you to inform us of how and by whom was this decision made? It appears that ISBA is actively discriminating against Israeli nationals based on their place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of Jewish life in Canada by advancing the public policy interests of Canada’s organized Jewish community. We combat antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms and advocate for fundamental rights and freedoms.
We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Director, CIJA, Pacific Region
Jason Z. Murray
Pacific Region Chair, CIJA