This summer, presidents and other high-placed university representatives from over 15 Canadian universities went on a trip to Israel intended to deepen ties between Canadian and Israeli universities. Sadly, these university leaders ignored both the international movement for an academic boycott of Israel, and the fact that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have asserted that Israel practices apartheid against Palestinians. CJPME and its student and faculty allies believe that a trip – sponsored by the pro-Israel lobby group CIJA – to expand academic ties with an apartheid country is both unwise and unethical!
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