What is McGill BDS?

The McGill BDS Action Network is the result of a growing concern among McGill students about the university’s complicity in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights. This support is given both through McGill’s investments in companies that profit from the occupation as well as ties with universities that are complicit in war crimes committed by Israel.

We are a grassroots campaign led by McGill students to answer the call from Palestinian civil society in 2005 for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel until it “meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

  • 1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands captured in 1967 and dismantling the Wall,
  • 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality,
  • 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”

SSMU General Assembly motion

At the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Winter 2016 General Assembly (GA) on February 22, 2016, the motion to support BDS was passed, with 512 in favour, 387 opposed, and 14 abstentions. However, in online ratification, the motion was nullified with 2819 (57%) voting no, 2119 (43%) voting yes, and 348 (6.6%) abstentions.

We will be pursuing recourse for the fact that there was illegal campaigning to vote no on the motion.

Thanks to everyone for all your support. The fight is not over.

Who endorses McGill BDS?

These 22 McGill organizations endorse McGill BDS:

Community-University Talks (C-Uni-T)CKUT
Queer McGillThaqalayn Muslim Association
McGill Against AusterityNDP McGill
Contours: Voix de femmes en droitAssociation of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE)
McGill Radical Law Student Community (RadLaw)McGill Black Students' Network (BSN)
The Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE)Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) McGill
ECOLEMcGill Students for Feminisms
The Women of Color Collective of McGill LawFeminist Collective of McGill Law
KANATADivest McGill
McGill Syrian Students' AssociationSolidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) McGill
Cinema Politica McGillMidnight Kitchen

These 22 McGill organizations endorse McGill BDS:

  • Community-University Talks (C-Uni-T)
  • CKUT
  • Queer McGill
  • Thaqalayn Muslim Association
  • McGill Against Austerity
  • NDP McGill
  • Contours: Voix de femmes en droit
  • Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE)
  • McGill Radical Law Student Community (RadLaw)
  • McGill Black Students' Network (BSN)
  • The Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE)
  • Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) McGill
  • ECOLE
  • McGill Students for Feminisms
  • The Women of Color Collective of McGill Law
  • Feminist Collective of McGill Law
  • KANATA
  • Divest McGill
  • McGill Syrian Students' Association
  • Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) McGill
  • Cinema Politica McGill
  • Midnight Kitchen

Click here to see why each group endorses.