Ryerson Students’ Union joins the global BDS movement

Last week, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), representing over 28,000 students, voted to endorse the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. In voting to join the BDS movement, Ryerson students have now joined growing global movement in solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli Apartheid. Specifically, the vote gives the student union the mandate to discontinue its ties to any products or companies that support Israel’s systemic discrimination and/or colonization, engage its membership in further Palestine solidarity work, and encourage the Ryerson University administration to divest from companies and institutions that are complicit in Israeli Apartheid.

In voting to endorse the BDS campaign, the RSU now joins a host of other student unions in Canada and around the world. Students unions in Canada that have passed a BDS resolution include:
* University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Students Union (April 2013)
* York University Federation of Students (March 2013)
* Trent University Central Students Association (February 2013)
* University of Toronto Mississauga Students Union (February 2013)
* Concordia Graduate Students Association (January 2013)
* University of Toronto Graduate Students Association (December 2012)
* York University Graduate Students Association (November 2012)
* Graduate Students Association at Carleton University (March 2012)
* University of Regina Students Union (February 2012)
* Solidarite Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) (October 2007)

This recent BDS victory at Ryerson comes after a long and sustained educational campaign on Palestine solidarity and Israeli Apartheid, by the Students for Justice in Palestine and other solidarity activists on campus. CAIA honours the years of struggle that these, and previous, students have been engaged in. We encourage everyone to send messages of support to SJP-Ryerson and RSU in getting the BDS motion passed. For more information on contacting these two organizations, please see websites below:

Ali Mustafa – killed in Syria 9 March, 2014

Our friend and comrade, photojournalist Ali Mustafa was killed while working in Aleppo, Syria today alongside seven others. They were killed by a bomb dropped from a Syrian government aircraft.

Ali was active in CAIA for several years. Those who knew Ali will remember him for his courage, commitment, generosity, and sweetness. Our thoughts are with Ali’s friends and family.

See some of Ali’s recent photographs from Syria here. A website dedicated to preserving and celebrating the legacy of Ali Mustafa may be found here.

Photo by Peter Hapak for TIME

Photo by Peter Hapak for TIME