Feb. 29, 2016
McGill Students Reject BDS – Marian Scott (Montreal Gazette-Canada)
McGill students have rejected a Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel. In an online vote, 57% (2,819) overturned the BDS motion adopted last Monday by the general assembly of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), while 43% (2,119) supported it.
McGill principal and vice chancellor Suzanne Fortier said the university “continues to steadfastly oppose the BDS movement, of which this motion is a part.”
Fortier added the motion “flies in the face of the tolerance and respect we cherish as values fundamental to a university,” and is contrary to “academic freedom, equity, inclusiveness and the exchange of views and ideas in responsible, open discourse.”