published on April 3rd.
By Marianna Harris
To the Editor:
I was saddened and intrigued by your editorial, entitled “Campus, Church Extremism”.
Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy spoke in Vancouver in late March. He believes that supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is the best way that Canadians can be friends to the people of Israel. He reminded us how the boycott of South Africa was a big factor in bringing equal rights for all South Africans.
The BDS movement seeks to bring equal human rights to all Israelis including the 20% who are Palestinians. The aim is also to gain similar rights for the 4 million Palestinians living in the Occupied West Bank and in Gaza.
I am puzzled why a vote on BDS amongst UBC students is seen as “target aggression against the Jewish homeland”? Surely most Canadians – and Canadian Jews among them -- would demand that Israel provide equal rights to all citizens.