In a precedent-setting move, the University of Manitoba Students Union voted Thursday to strip the group Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) of official club status.
The motion bars SAIA from receiving student union funding or using activity space in student-union controlled buildings. SAIA, a group with campus branches across Canada, annually organizes Israeli Apartheid Week, a week-long series of events calling for economic, diplomatic and even academic sanctions against the Jewish state.
The two-page resolution justified the de-listing of SAIA under the terms of the Manitoba Human Rights Code, claiming that the group was guilty of “discrimination” and “harassment.”
The document also claimed that certain student union members “being Zionists, experience fear for their safety during ‘Israeli Apartheid Week.’”
The bell now tolls on one university campus where hatred of the Jewish state and harassment of Jewish students will no longer be financed by the students association.