McGill sides with Jewish student, against student government

“The motion approved by the SSMU Legislative Council purposely singles out an individual member of SSMU,” reads the email.
Siddak Ahuja Montreal, QC

McGill University sent out an email to its students stating that their student government’s decision to prosecute a Jewish student for attending a Hillel-sponsored trip to Israel and Palestine fosters “a culture of ostracization.”

This is in reference to a case where Jordyn Wright, a Jewish student at McGill and a Board of Director of its Student Society (SSMU), was personally targetted by the SSMU Legislative Council for attending a trip to Israel and Palestine.

The motion that was presented in SSMU’s council meeting on November 28th explicitly singled out Jordyn. Furthermore, the SSMU President Bryan Buraga also introduced amendments that only pertained to Jordyn and none of the other BoD going on the trip.

“I am outraged and disgusted, but not surprised. This is not the first time that Jewish students at McGill have been bullied out of student government,” Jordyn exclaimed in a Facebook post.

“If I do not resign, I am being implicitly threatened with impeachment upon my return,” said Jordyn. “I have been the subject of thinly-veiled and blatant anti-Semitism.”

A copy of the email was received by The Post Millennial.

The email was sent out on behalf of Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) of McGill Univerity, and emphasizes “freedom of speech” while saying McGill “is also committed to maintaining a respectful environment for all members of [its] community.”

“The motion approved by the SSMU Legislative Council purposely singles out an individual member of SSMU,” reads the email.

A screengrab of the email sent out by McGill, a copy of which was received by The Post Millennial

“Despite the SSMU Board of Directors previously assessing that enrolling in this program does not constitute a conflict of interest, the Legislative Council has nonetheless decided to overturn this decision by mandating its Board of Directors to start a procedure to remove this individual from the SSMU Board of Directors, should this individual choose to go on the trip.”

The email further adds that the “decision made by the SSMU Legislative Council is contrary to the University’s values of inclusion, diversity and respect.”

It goes on to say that it also diverges from SSMU’s own Constitution and represents a “very serious breach of trust.”

“For that reason, we call upon the SSMU Board of Directors to seriously consider the concerns raised by students and take proper action.”

The email was sent in English and French to all members of the McGill staff, and all students at the university.

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