A setback for BDS at U of T, and Shaq dances the horah
GSU boycott motion defeated
Jewish groups lauded the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Union (GSU) after its general council rejected a bid last week to create a permanent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) committee against Israel. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Hillel, B’nai Brith Canada and Hasbara Fellowships all praised the GSU for voting down the idea 34 to 27. The move would have given the school’s ad hoc BDS committee the same status as its policy, finance and environmental activities. B’nai Brith and Hasbara credited four students for helping to defeat the Nov. 15 motion. The GSU endorsed BDS in 2012 in a process Jewish students criticized as unfair.
Friction over Bannon dinner speech
Abraham Foxman, former longtime CEO of the Anti-defamation League, said he wouldn’t attend a Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) dinner featuring a speech by Stephen Bannon, chief strategist and senior counsellor to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and former head of alt-right website Breitbart News, because the event had been “politicized.” Foxman objected to the ZOA publicizing his attendance, which he said was meant to honour Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, who was being recognized at the event. “ZOA manipulated and abused my trust when they announced my decision to attend without my permission,” Foxman said. Current ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has decried Bannon’s links with “unabashed anti-semites and racists.”
A larger-than-life wedding guest
Guests of newlyweds Blair Markowitz and Corey Salter were treated to quite the spectacle this month in Miami: former NBA star Shaquille O’neal – all 7-foot-1, 350 pounds of him – dancing the horah. In a Nov. 15 TMZ video, as the band sings Moshiach! Moshiach!, Shaq and tiny-looking guests danced in a circle, beaming. At one point, a man gave Shaq a hug. The groom’s father, Jamie Salter, works with O’neal through Authentic Brands Group, which manages his intellectual property. Reportedly, efforts to lift O’neal in a chair failed.
Shaq dwarfs Jews.