McGill donors reconsider support after Israel boycott vote

Some of McGill University’s donors are rethinking their financial support in reaction to Monday’s vote in favour of a motion calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

See Full Article

The vote still has to be ratified by McGill students, but even if it's voted down, reaction has been swift and furious to the initial successful BDS motion.

“I actually sent [the university] an email yesterday informing them I was going to suspend my commitment until I see how the administration handles this,” said McGill Law school graduate Willie Mercer, who now lives in Los Angeles.

In total, 869 students out of 30,000 voted on Monday, with 512 voting for, 357 against and 14 abstentions.

The university declined to comment about the number of alumni who have contacted them, but CTV spoke to Montreal lawyer Hershey Frankel, who said he wrote McGill asking for their position on BDS.

He says he's satisfied by the response he received from the vice president of university advancement, obtained by CTV, which states in part that "McGill’s current and past administrations have consistently taken a strong stand against the premise underlying the BDS movement, and this motion will not change that."

Mercer said he thinks McGill needs to make a public statement.

“I recognize that it's O.K. to criticize Israel, that's fine, but if you criticize Israel and only Israel and ignore what I consider to be far more significant human rights violations in pretty much every other country in the Middle East … it's hard to make the case that it's not an anti-Semitic motion,” he said.

Members of McGill’s BDS Action Network, which promotes the BDS campaign, say they're not surprised by the reaction.

“We've seen the same thing happen at other universities. There is always resistance to movements that challenge the status quo,” Zahra Habib said.

Students are voting online now to validate the vote – 10 per cent of students need to vote online to form a quorum. If quorum isn’t reached, the results are null and void. If it is, the motion needs a simple majority to pass.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Ontario man accused of flying to Atlanta to have sex with Georgia girl, 13

    Canada News CTV News
    ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Justice says a Canadian man has been charged after allegedly flying to Atlanta in an attempt to have sex with a 13-year-old Georgia girl he met on the internet. Source
  • 'You could see it in everybody's eyes': Toronto family caught up in Barcelona attack recounts horrific night

    World News CBC News
    Just thirty seconds passed from the moment the Gray family took their seats at a picturesque restaurant along the Las Ramblas strip — and terror struck. "We had not even ordered. The waiter hadn't even come yet and we just heard like a loud shatter," said Daniela Gray. Source
  • Mother of slain Charlottesville protester says she won't talk to Trump

    World News CTV News
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The mother of a woman who was killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, says she won't talk to U.S. President Donald Trump because of comments he made after her daughter's death. Source
  • Latest update: Britain says U.K. citizens among Barcelona wounded

    World News CTV News
    1:40 p.m. Britain's Foreign Office says a "small number" of U.K. citizens were injured in the terror attacks in Spain. It says it is assisting Britons affected by the violence and is trying to find out if anyone else needs help. Source
  • Assailant carrying samurai sword injures guard outside Taiwan presidential office

    World News CTV News
    TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An assailant wielding a samurai sword and carrying a Chinese flag in his bag injured a guard outside Taiwan's presidential office building on Friday in what authorities are calling a politically-motivated attack. Source
  • Crowds returning to Las Ramblas are subdued and pensive

    World News CTV News
    BARCELONA, Spain -- Tourists and Barcelona residents tentatively returned to Las Ramblas on Friday morning for a subdued stroll down the leafy boulevard, a day after a van attack filled it with fear and bloodshed. Source
  • Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

    World News CTV News
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, U.S. President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Source
  • Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - U.S. assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal vary wildly. Some conclude North Korea has or can make 30 to 60 nuclear weapons. Estimates by civilian experts cloud the picture. Source
  • Sold out! Demand eclipses supply for protective glasses for safely watching solar eclipse

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO — Ali Van Orman is still looking for specialized glasses to protect her family’s eyes during Monday’s solar eclipse because she never counted on demand totally eclipsing supply. She tried to buy a coveted pair of solar eclipse glasses for herself and two children from Amazon back in July, but the hot commodities wouldn’t have arrived in time. Source
  • Model claims Zimbabwe's first lady whipped her with extension cord

    World News CTV News
    JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's first lady remained out of sight Friday, several days after a young model claimed Grace Mugabe whipped her with an extension cord in a luxury hotel in South Africa. South African authorities are weighing a request by Zimbabwe's government for diplomatic immunity for the first lady, who has not commented since the alleged assault Sunday night. Source