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  • Writer's pictureSharon Krasni

BREAKING NEWS: University of British Columbia students shoot down antisemitic referendums

VANCOUVER, BC (March 1, 2024) - On Wednesday, February 28th, the University of British Columbia Alma Mater Society (UBC AMS) council met and officially rejected referendums calling to adopt BDS policies and cut ties with Israeli universities and Jewish clubs on campus.

Our AVI Ambassadors share their thoughts on the UBC referendum:

“I am pleased that the AMS took a stand and ensured that Jewish students, along with all students, deserve spaces on campus free from discrimination. While the right decision was made, it was a close call. The referendum petition gathered approximately 1400 signatures from individuals seeking to erase the presence of Jewish people from campus. There is still much work to be done.”

-UBC student Ben Morrison

“Of the three referendums that were voted down by the AMS, one was blatantly anti-semitic through the double standard it established regarding the treatment of Jewish organizations on campus, and another was an attempt by irrational and radical groups to subvert student democracy and take control of the AMS by subterfuge. I was involved in organizing with Jewish students and allies like myself to raise awareness on campus about how horrible these referendums were. I also met with students on council and communicated my concerns with the referendums personally.”

-UBC student Cole Canofari

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