January 20, 2016

UWaterloo collaborates with a Palestinian university which serves as a hub for terrorist groups

Jonathan D. HaleviRebel Blogger
 

The undergraduate students at the university Waterloo, Ontario will cast their vote on January 25-27 in a referendum on whether to impose an academic boycott on Israel.

The question of the referendum reads the following: “Do you think the University of Waterloo should sever ties with the following institutions due to their complicity in violations of the human rights of Palestinians: University of Haifa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science?”

On Thursday, January 21, a debate on this issue will take place in campus at Uwaterloo’s at 1-3pm at SLC Great Hall. Both Yes and No committees of the Sever Ties Referendum will be presenting the case for or against severing ties with Israeli institutions complicit in the violation of Palestinian human rights.

The Yes Committee in the University of Waterloo’s Ethical Collaboration referendum (also called the ‘Sever Ties’ referendum) maintains in an official statement that “we have a responsibility to uphold principles of human rights, including the right to education, and to act if we as students are implicated in situations where this right is not being respected.”

The Yes Committee also calls on the University of Waterloo “to create and abide by ethical collaboration policy when seeking to build relationships with other institutions.”

The University of Waterloo has signed research partnership agreements with universities and academic institutions from multiple countries. According to its official statement, the UWaterloo “We collaborate with international colleagues, conduct joint research, organize conferences and create exchange opportunities for professors and visiting scholars who study and solve today’s real challenges. It makes sense. Advances in research are often moved forward by a consortia of institutes which include the very best people from countries around the world.”

The list includes the Palestinian Birzeit University, located north of Rammallah, the de facto interim capital of the so-called the State of Palestine. UWaterloo signed research partnership agreements with Birzeit University in the following fields: Engineering, Economics, Health, Planning, Political Science and Water Studies.

Birzeit University endorses the BDS campaign

Birzeit University is involved in the the BDS campaign against Israel and actively advocating for boycotting the Israeli academia. This policy is officially endorsed by the university. In an official press release (August 2014) reads the following: “Birzeit University not only encourages economic boycott of Israel for its occupation, but promotes academic boycott of the occupying state. The university has an active boycott committee that includes a number of professors.” In another press release (September 2014) it was noted that “the university community takes pride in observing the academic boycott of Israel.”

In November 2014, the Birzeit University Student Affairs Deanship, working with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the Palestinian Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), held a lecture on student activism in the BDS campaign. The talk was delivered by BDS founder Omar Barghouti and BDS outreach coordinator, Zaid Shuaibi.

The Institute of Women’s Studies issued in August 2014 an urgent call “to boycott all Israeli academic institutions” and “to condemn the Zionist academic institutions that have clearly fostered this colonial genocide by embracing support for their scholars’ sexist views, defending their belligerent racism, and essentially advocating and encouraging violence.”

In collaboration with the Birzeit University student council, the Association of Democratic Youth Development “Shabab” held on September 23, 2014 a conference on strengthening the boycott against Israel. The conference released a statement calling upon all youth movements and student councils around the world to support the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

Birzeit University has become a hub for designated terrorist organizations

Birzeit University was and still is considered a stronghold of Hamas through its official student arm, The Islamic Bloc. Since 2000 hundreds of terrorists, including suicide bombers, came from the ranks of the Islamic Bloc groups operating in the Palestinian universities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

During the last two years, dozens of students, members of the Islamic Blob at Birzeit University were arrested by Israel and/or by the security services of the Palestinian Authority in suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities and some were convicted and sentenced to jail terms.

Hamas’ Islamic Bloc (Wafaa’ Bloc) won in April 2015 the elections to the Birzeit University Student Council winning 26 out 51 seats. Its prime rival the Martyr Yasser Arafat Bloc (Fatah) got 19 seats, the Democratic Progressive Student Pole won (PFLP) five seats, and the Birzeit Student Alliance (Palestinian Democratic Union, Palestinian People’s Party, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine) obtained one seat. 7039 out of 9135 eligible students to vote participated in the elections.

Following the announcement of the results, the President of Birzeit University, Khalil Hindi, “applauded the students’ commitment and cooperation, and that the elections took place in a peaceful and democratic atmosphere that reflected students’ sense of responsibility towards their university. He emphasized that the efforts undertaken by the university would be insufficient without students’ efforts to contribute to an active and positive role in the community.”

Hamas Islamic Bloc openly promoting terrorism in campus

The following are glaring examples of Hamas Islamic bloc’s support of terrorism and its activities in Birzeit University’s campus:

Hamas' Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University calls Nashat Milhem a “hero” for murdering (January 2016) three Israelis in a shooting attack which was portrayed as a “heroic operation”. Photo: FacebookHamas' Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University calls Nashat Milhem a “hero” for murdering (January 2016) three Israelis in a shooting attack which was portrayed as a “heroic operation”. Photo: Facebook

Hamas’ Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University calls Nashat Milhem a “hero” for murdering (January 2016) three Israelis in a shooting attack which was portrayed as a “heroic operation”. Photo: Facebook

Hamas' Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University lauds (“Blessed Be Your Hands”) the “sniper of Hebron” for targeting Israelis. Photo: FacebookHamas' Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University lauds (“Blessed Be Your Hands”) the “sniper of Hebron” for targeting Israelis. Photo: Facebook

Hamas’ Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University lauds (“Blessed Be Your Hands”) the “sniper of Hebron” for targeting Israelis. Photo: Facebook

Hamas' Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University praises Muhanad Halabi for murdering two Israeli civilians in a stabbing attack (October 2015) which was portrayed as a “heroic operation.” Photo: FacebookHamas' Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University praises Muhanad Halabi for murdering two Israeli civilians in a stabbing attack (October 2015) which was portrayed as a “heroic operation.” Photo: Facebook

Hamas’ Islamic Bloc at Birzeit University praises Muhanad Halabi for murdering two Israeli civilians in a stabbing attack (October 2015) which was portrayed as a “heroic operation.” Photo: Facebook

Hamas’ Islamic Bloc celebrating the 28th anniversary of Hamas’ foundation in Birzeit University campus (December 2015)

Ahmad Musa, student at Birzeit University and member of Hamas' Islamic Bloc, carried out the bombing attack on an Israeli bus in Tel Aviv (November 21, 2012). Photo: Islamic Bloc Birzeit UniversityAhmad Musa, student at Birzeit University and member of Hamas' Islamic Bloc, carried out the bombing attack on an Israeli bus in Tel Aviv (November 21, 2012). Photo: Islamic Bloc Birzeit University

Ahmad Musa, student at Birzeit University and member of Hamas’ Islamic Bloc, carried out the bombing attack on an Israeli bus in Tel Aviv (November 21, 2012). Photo: Islamic Bloc Birzeit University

Hamas Islamic Bloc’s parade in Birzeit University campus (2015) – Students chanting: “The death for Allah is our most exalted wish”


(This post originally appeared on CIJNews and is republished with permission)

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commented 2016-01-26 23:56:06 -0500
It is horrible we are forcing socialism on student bodies. Why the hell are student union’s even considering depriving their study body of benefits because other students disagree with political choices? This is horrendous we shouldn’t be depriving students of opportunities or forcing political beliefs on students. We should lets students choose for themselves. If these anti-Isreal students don’t want to do an exchange in Israel don’t, but you shouldn’t be telling other students they shouldn’t be able to. That is utterly ignorant and rude. We both damn well know there are people on both sides of that fence who would like to kill the other. This doesn’t mean that we need to politicize research. It is the people who use technology to commit human rights abuses that are accountable not the people who design those tools. Tools can be used for good or ill. Why stop human progress? As far as security policies of institutions such as the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, of course they are going to say don’t hang out in the Arab quarter, this is just common sense, anywhere there are abductions and murders of people, you are going to have institutions saying to avoid those risks. It isn’t discrimination it is based on actual risks to students. Shame on those students telling me who I should or shouldn’t associate with, communication and research is not aiding and abetting human rights abuses or terrorist acts, it is academic research and study. Shame on anyone telling me I shouldn’t be able to communicate in good faith in what I see as activities aiming to benefit humanity. It is what I intend not what others view it as that matters. Stop limiting student opportunities for your political agenda, the student union should be creating student opportunities not shutting them down. SHAME ON YOU!
commented 2016-01-26 23:51:58 -0500
It is horrible we are forcing socialism on student bodies. Why the hell are student union’s even considering depriving their study body of benefits because other students disagree with political choices? This is horrendous we shouldn’t be depriving students of opportunities or forcing political beliefs on students. We should lets students choose for themselves. If these anti-Isreal students don’t want to do an exchange or Israel don’t, but you shouldn’t be telling other students they shouldn’t be able to. That is utterly ignorant and rude. We both damn well know there are people on both sides of that fence who would like to kill the other. This doesn’t mean that we need to politicize research. It is the people who use technology to commit human rights abuses that are accountable not the people who design those tools. Tools can be used for good or ill. Why stop human progress? As far as security policies of institutions such as the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, of course they are going to say don’t hang out in the Arab quarter, this is just common sense, anywhere there are abductions and murders of people, you are going to have institutions saying to avoid those risks. It isn’t descrimination it is based on actual risks to students. Shame on those students telling me who I should or shouldn’t associate with, communication and research is not aiding and abetting human rights abuses or terrorist acts, it is academic research and study. Shame on anyone telling me I shouldn’t be able to communicate in good faith in what I see as activities aiming to benefit humanity. It is what I intend not what others view it as that matters.
commented 2016-01-21 11:07:25 -0500
U of W is lost to nihilist idiots – I wrote it off years ago, it is like different planet from when I took engineering courses there. 90% of the Marxist BS there is imported on campus by axe grinding losers who do not take classes at U of W.

I have been approached for donations from the alumnus assn. and have refused, telling them to clean up campus of the subversive scum before they solicit private sector support.
commented 2016-01-21 09:31:44 -0500
There’s really no need for the U of W to look so far to find a hateful, prejudiced and bigoted cause. Next door to them, the Ontario colleges of Niagara and Algonquin are opening campuses in Saudi Arabia where no girls will be allowed.
When questioned, Colleges and Universities Minister Reza Moridi says he’s “proud” of what they are doing.
commented 2016-01-21 02:58:38 -0500
I am sure Israel will survive without these idiots having ties with them, as if they contribute a damn thing to Israel.
commented 2016-01-21 02:57:25 -0500
So then they might as well stop using Israeli tech in their electronics and Israeli medical advances as well then.
THESE PIGS MAKE ME SICK, i will enjoy seeing them be enslaved by Islam.
commented 2016-01-20 23:35:30 -0500
I have a graduate degree from the University of Waterloo and I used to be very proud of it – no more, after seeing this! It is shameful! I hold the administration responsible for letting this happen and for caving to the demands of the Muslim Brotherhood’s arm, the Muslim Students’ Association. I am ashamed as a Canadian and as an alumnus, and I will tell them this the next time I get a phone call looking for donations!
commented 2016-01-20 23:23:10 -0500
Bill Smith – I hope many more businesses would do this.
commented 2016-01-20 22:02:36 -0500
Ron Voss, thanks you.. FYI:
Dear University of Waterloo,
Re: BDS and breaking ties with Israeli Educational Institutions,

Please note:
In many US States, BDS resolutions are being declared illegal and many BDS motions that were initially voted in favour, have been overturned.
One of the main reasons is that it is highly selective of Israel only and very often, very thinly disguised anti-Semitism

Regardless, I believe that it is the University Administration’s responsibility to look-out for the best interests in the University and its students. Please note:

- Pro-BDS activists are commonly added to databases such as the Canary Project. My company’s HR department consults the database prior to making any hiring decisions.
- My company has many private scholarship opportunities available, but they are not valid for use at any university that has implemented BDS policies
- My company supports cutting-edge research of advanced materials through material donations and in-kind support… Institutions who implement in BDS policies are disqualified from any and all support

Cultural events, sporting events and educational collaborations are some of the only times when hostile entities have reason to interface with one another, and this mutual contact often contributes towards a better understanding of the other side. Isolation is hardly a logical way to promote mutual understanding.

In summary, I wish the University of Waterloo and its student activists are aware of the reduced values of their degrees, the possibility of being turned down for future employment and the overall devaluation of the University of Guelph’s brand that will come as a result of a favourable BDS policy.

Kind regards,
commented 2016-01-20 20:53:07 -0500
Lad Reme – it appears, that they are trying to reduce Canada to the lowest common denominator!
commented 2016-01-20 20:31:09 -0500
I smell Muslim student committee’s be hind all this BS. Progressive thinking socialists also. What a bunch of Jew hating jerks, they should all be arrested for hate propaganda.
Nothing but a bunch of low life Scum, trying to be clever. I guess racist only counts when it is against Muslims. What is Canada being reduced to?
commented 2016-01-20 18:06:18 -0500
Oops I gave the email address for the President of the University of Guelph! The email for the President of the University of Waterloo, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, is: president@uwaterloo.ca
Interesting that Dr. Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey.
commented 2016-01-20 16:36:59 -0500
I don’t suppose it is valid to ask the University of Waterloo undergraduate students’ “Yes Committee” precisely what human rights violations of Palestinians the Israeli are they accusing of doing … and further, do they actually have physical evidence of such violations or just hearsay, accusations and lies? The latter, I bet.
commented 2016-01-20 16:32:34 -0500
I have no respect for universities and told my kids that I didn’t care if they went to one. My oldest daughter chose not to and now owns a small trucking company in BC. My youngest daughter did even after I told her she was wasting HER money. She graduated with no debt and has a photography business in TO. She has never used her degree. My son went but his scholarships paid for his university. Their money not mine. Yes he has used his degree and works in Boston with his American wife. Paid big time for him.
commented 2016-01-20 16:25:11 -0500
Ya love a parade myself. Maybe no floats but lots of clowns.
commented 2016-01-20 16:14:53 -0500
Cool, I love parades! Where’re the floats? Hold it; wait a minute! They’re chanting the word ‘DEATH’. Are you sure this is a parade? ;-O
Looks more like a good landing zone for a freedom bomb.

@climatefallacy
commented 2016-01-20 16:05:16 -0500
What a bunch of left wing jackasses! They have no clue about Israel. Hatred of the dreaded Zionists/Jews is laughable.
commented 2016-01-20 15:55:44 -0500
For your information: president@uoguelph.ca
commented 2016-01-20 15:53:10 -0500
Yes, shame on the U of W. I mentioned in another article that the students are the weak link in terrorism.
commented 2016-01-20 15:32:44 -0500
The University of Waterloo is promoting Jew hatred. That is all this is.
Nothing new here. Same shit, different day.
Shame on them .