Pro-Palestine policy may cause McGill student union to be sanctioned

The Palestine Solidarity Policy called on the union to pressure its own university to participate in the boycott.

The arts building of McGill University in Montreal, Québec. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The arts building of McGill University in Montreal, Québec.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

McGill University's student union has been threatened with being sanctioned after being associated with a pro-Palestinian policy that is viewed as discriminatory, according to a Wednesday report by CBC News

The union was given a month by the Montreal public research university to repeal the policy, or else it would no longer be able to collaborate with McGill if their demands are not met.

This happened because the university's Student Society plans to participate in an international campaign to boycott anything "complicit in settler-colonial apartheid against Palestinians," the report states.

The Palestine Solidarity Policy called on the union to pressure its own university to join the boycott.

Student unions at McGill may use their power to block funding to Jewish and/or pro-Israel groups on campus, according to a report last month report from Israel Hayom.

Reactions were both for and against the policy. Jewish advocacy groups on campus say the policy targets Jewish students; others say that the university's threat to the policy will result in many students feeling underrepresented and leading to political conflict on campus.

MCGILL UNIVERSITY campus in Montreal (credit: REUTERS)MCGILL UNIVERSITY campus in Montreal (credit: REUTERS)

Last month, it was reported that McGill Prof. Rula Jurdi Abisaab worked with a Samah Idriss, the late Lebanese writer and anti-Zionist activist. The professor stated that he glorified Idriss’ campaign to erase Zionist sympathizers.

Jonah Freid contributed to this report.