Reisman-Sponsored Haifa/UW Exchange Program
David L. Johnston at 519-888-4400,
University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca
Nours Arab wrote:
CC: "Rami Alhamad" <email@example.com>,
"Susan Howard-Azzeh" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 00:01:45 -0500
Subject: [Nidah] Concern Over Reisman-Sponsored Haifa/UofW Exchange Program
As many of you may be aware, there are existing efforts to promote boycott of Indigo/Chapters/Coles because of previous stances/actions taken by the CEO couple. You can get more details about the boycott effort from the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid's Chapters Boycott website at http://www.caiaweb.org/indigobo
Having learned about the Schwartz-Reisman-funded exchange program at the University of Waterloo, SFPR decided to distribute flyers about Israel's discriminatory policy, specifically in the education sector. These flyers were distributed outside the exchange program's information session. This was effectively a very peaceful and professional protest, which was covered by the university paper: http://imprint.uwaterloo.ca
During this protest, SFPR was offered the opportunity to speak to UW administration. Two SFPR members met with Anne Pidduck, the UW Co-ordinator of the exchange program. SFPR was hoping to ensure that minimally the program does not act as a propaganda tool that gives a one-sided picture of Israel. After negotiations with the UW administration, UW expressed willingness to allow SFPR to co-host future information sessions to ensure that interested students are given a fuller picture of Israel and take that into consideration before participating in the program. It must be noted that the UW administration did not consult any student body before accepting this money. However, they appeared to have been expecting a response but having little concern about it. They placed us in this reactionary position as opposed to being included in the decision process.
SFPR would love to have the support of UW Alumni in contacting the University of Waterloo .
The contact info for people you may want to call and express your concern to regarding the exchange program donation are: