A set­back for BDS at U of T, and Shaq dances the ho­rah

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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.

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Shaq dwarfs Jews.

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