An investigation is now under way at McGill University after a Jewish student, Noah Lew, was targeted by BDS supporters and voted off the student government’s board of directors. The story’s origins likely begin at the start of the school year, when the board of directors took a second look at a decision to deem the Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel – or BDS – discriminatory and unconstitutional. And it is, according to the both the State Department and Ottawa Protocol definition, which Canada has adopted. BDS is considered an anti-Semitic movement because it specifically targets the Jewish State. Noah Lew, along with two other directors voiced their support for the ratification of the BDS-ruling. Well, earlier in the year Lew was identified in protest material circulated by McGill’s pro- BDS movement in a campaign dubbed “Democratize SSMU.”
On October 23 the McGill student society voted to ratify the board of directors that had been serving since June of 2017, and well, as you may have guessed, Lew was one of three people voted down. Noah believes he was ousted from the board for being Jewish. It’s no surprise that the two others who were voted down supported Lew. Many Jewish and pro Israel groups, as well as the SSMU president and fellow students are condemning the incident. Democratize McGill also wants the SSMU president removed and is actively trying to do so. We hope the McGill investigation will ensure justice is served for this Jewish student and those who supported him.