Graduate students apologize for dismissing “pro-Israel” group’s kosher food campaign

by Daniel Payne · Nov 19th, 2019 12:58 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 4:39 pm

The Graduate Students’ Union at the University of Toronto apologized on Sunday for declining to support an initiative to bring kosher food to campus on the grounds that “pro-Israel” partisans were advocating it.

The union apologized for “caus[ing] harm” to the school’s Jewish population for its stance. A representative of the union previously had told a member of the school’s Hillel student group that the “will of [the union’s] membership” would be reluctant to support the kosher measure advocated by the Jewish student organization because Hillel had performed “pro-Israel” advocacy in the past.

The union said it would work with Hillel to discuss how to avoid similar gaffes in the future, though it stopped short at saying that it would support the kosher proposition.

Hillel said the union’s apology “does not address the anti-Semitic nature of their original response.”

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