The Ryerson University crest. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) 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.”
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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