Posts by Mary MacDonald

Motion M 103: stifling dissent

Iqra Khalid was elected as the Liberal MP for Mississauga- Erin Mills in the 2015 federal election. She has quickly risen to prominence in the Liberal Party, gaining a high profile as the sponsor of Motion M 103 Condemning Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination. The motion is creating deep divisions…

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The United Nations: A crisis of legitimacy

The United Nations, in hastily tabling resolution 2334 before the Security Council, condemning Israeli settlements, now faces a genuine crisis of legitimacy. The decision by Obama not to veto the Egyptian-sponsored resolution was a crafty move by him that would be free of any political repercussions during his final days in office. For his successor…

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The changing nature of “accessibility”

The scope and meaning of “accommodations” for students has undergone a sweeping overhaul on university campuses. Nowhere is this more visible than at Dal. This trend is evident in the article ‘El Jones Advocates for Systemic Change at Universities.’ When I began taking classes in the 90s, Dalhousie had a full-time Advisor for Students With…

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I knew Hillary wasn’t the perfect candidate

I knew that Hillary Clinton wasn’t the perfect candidate, but that didn’t lessen the sting of Donald Trump’s election win. Clinton earned my respect during the three televised debates by her calm demeanour in the face of Trump’s sinister insults and bullying behaviour. It is painfully obvious that Democrats miscalculated the inroads made in rural…

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DSU inaction

As the newly-appointed Equity and Accessibility Outreach Coordinator of the Dalhousie Student Union, Masuna Khan made her debut by writing an article in The Coast. This article clearly identifies Khan’s role as the new DSU Equity and Accessibility Coordinator and as such, anything she says reflects on the DSU. Her article relates her own experiences…

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On divesting from Israel

As Dalhousie students, we are concerned that our student union is being solicited by an anti-Israel group on campus. The members of the Dalhousie Student Union last week voted on a motion to divest from a number of entities. Israel was specifically mentioned in a motion on the agenda. This fait accompli was orchestrated on the busiest week…

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Reply to Haiven and Zayid

Professor Larry Haiven of Saint Mary’s and retired Professor Zayid take aim at our article that appeared in the March 08 issue of the Gazette. (Letters, March 28) The professors are adept in the art of willful blindness. Larry Haiven suggests that a writer for Haaretz determined that anti-Semitism was not linked to BDS campaigns…

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On Etiquette and the BDS Campaign on Campus

It’s a funny thing, some people’s sense of civility. The group Students Against Israeli Apartheid think it’s a lack of civility to challenge unsubstantiated statements about Israel. Perhaps they are touchy now that their movement Boycott Divest and Sanctions (BDS) has been condemned by the Parliament of Canada. We noted that the Students Against Israeli Apartheid at…

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RE: on the neglect of Palestinian suffering

Recently we attended a public lecture on campus, sponsored by the group Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Dalhousie. The topic, the origins of Zionism and the age of colonialism, was discussed by Dr. Amal Ghazal before a partisan audience. Her lecture covered points concerning the European conquests and colonization of foreign lands, as practiced by…

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The BDS movement doesn’t speak for all Dal students

The Dalhousie Student Union is under no obligation to divest in response to the BDS Movement nor does the Students Against Israeli Apartheid speak on behalf of Dalhousie students. The hubris of this anti-Israel group is remarkable. By purporting to represent Dalhousie students, it issues demands that the DSU cave in to its ideological agenda. A disturbing escalation of anti-Israel rhetoric has…

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