Letter From The Middle East Studies Association of North America And Its Committee On Academic Freedom

It is our understanding that, following an SAIA demonstration on the York University campus on March 27, 2013, to manifest its support for the “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) campaign directed at Israel, SAIA and Mr. Farah were subjected to punitive administrative measures on the grounds that the campus rally had caused a "disruption of academic activities" at the university.

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York Federation of Students Condemns York University Administration

The York Federation of Students (YFS), York University's undergraduate students' union, has passed a motion condemning the York University administration for sanctioning SAIA.

"Be it resolved that the YFS executive committee condemn the unwarranted and unjust measures taken by the York University administration to revoke the student club status of Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University and to ban York University alumnus, Hammam Farah, from the campus by invoking sections 3(1) and 5(1) of the Trespass to Property Act. 

These extraordinary actions are contrary to the principles of Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech. The executive committee of the YFS urges VP Students, Janet Morrison, to reverse these decisions and to work with the YFS and other campus and community groups and organizations to ensure that Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech are respected by the York University administration in the future."

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CUPE 3903 Condemns York University Administration

CUPE 3903 (Canadian Union of Public Employees), which represents the contract faculty, teaching assistants, and research assistants at York University, has passed a motion condemning the York University administration for sanctioning SAIA.

"Be it resolved that the CUPE 3903 executive committee condemn the unwarranted and unjust measures taken by the York University administration to revoke the student club status of Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University and to ban York University alumnus, Hammam Farah, from the campus by invoking sections 3(1) and 5(1) of the Trespass to Property Act.

These extraordinary actions are contrary to the principles of Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech. The executive committee of CUPE 3903 urges VP Students Janet Morrison to reverse these decisions and to work with CUPE 3903, and other campus and community groups and organizations, to ensure that Academic Freedom is better respected by the York University administration in the future." 

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Graduate Students' Association Condemns York University Administration

The York University Graduate Students' Association (YUGSA) has passed a motion condemning the York University administration for sanctioning SAIA.

"Be it resolved that the YUGSA executive committee condemn the unwarranted and unjust measures taken by the York University administration to revoke the student club status of Students Against Israeli Apartheid and to ban York University alumnus, Hammam Farah, from the campus by invoking sections 3(1) and 5(1) of the Trespass to Property Act. 

These extraordinary actions are contrary to the principles of Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech. The executive committee of YUGSA urges VP Students, Janet Morrison, to reverse these decisions and to work with YUGSA, and other campus and community groups and organizations, to ensure that Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech are respected by the York University administration in the future."

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