Question of Israel boycott divides Concordia campus

Montreal Gazette

The smouldering question of whether or not to boycott Israel has proved to be too hot to handle on the Concordia University campus.

The ballots for question No. 8, the most controversial referendum question asked to Concordia undergraduate students this week, will remain sealed for the time being because the issue of endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been so explosive on campus.

It is the second time in a month that an issue concerning Israel has gone unresolved on a Montreal university campus because it causes such division.

After three days of voting on a series of referendum questions — most of which concerned student issues such as fees and housing and daycare — the chief electoral officer for the Concordia Student Union (CSU) sent out a letter late Thursday afternoon saying he has been “overwhelmed with complaints and issues relating to the conduct of both the ‘Yes’ committee and the ‘No’ committee.”

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