FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16th, 2015
Independent Jewish Voices’ first student club starts at York University
TORONTO, ON — In response to an increase of pro-Israel group activity on university campuses and in order to offer both Jewish and non-Jewish students an alternative perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada is proud to announce the founding of its very first student club at York University, Canada’s third-largest university.
“Independent Jewish Voices York (IJVY) has been created to position itself at the forefront of the struggle for human rights and social justice in the context of the crisis in Palestine,” explained Ilana Divantman, co-founder of IJVY. “The group will work at the campus level to promote an understanding of the necessity for Israel to comply with international law by ending its military occupation, the building of its illegal settlements on Palestinian land, its inhumane blockade of Gaza and all of its other brutal aggressions against the Palestinian people.”
IJVY, which welcomes both Jewish and non-Jewish students, will operate out of York’s Keele Campus. The group will work closely with Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at York University on a number of joint initiatives, including both the growing international Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign as well as the #YUDIVEST campaign, which is working to lobby York University’s Board of Governors to divest its endowment fund from arms manufacturers that supply the Israeli military and other groups around the world.
“We welcome this wonderful news,” said York alumnus and popular activist Hammam Farah. “We look forward to working side by side with IJVY on important human rights and social justice initiatives, particularly the growing #YUDIVEST weapons-divestment campaign.”
For more information contact:
Campaigns Coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices – Canada