University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman is concerned about the safety of some of his students in the wake of a controversial referendum.
Last week, someone broke into the office of Jake De Jong, the vice-president of academic affairs for the University of Windsor Student Alliance. The suspect spray painted the Star of David and the word “Zionist” on a Support Our Troops flag hanging in his office.
Windsor police are investigating it as a hate crime.
The break in happened the night before students started voting in a referendum on whether to support the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The BDS movement asks individuals, corporations, and governments to boycott companies that produce in Israeli-occupied areas of Palestine or companies backed by Israeli government.
The UWSA accepted a petition from the Palestinian Solidarity Group to hold the referendum that would, if it passes, make the UWSA officially endorse the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions campaign.
DeJong said he was “shocked” by the vandalism.
“I wasn’t expecting this sort of thing,” he said.
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a
Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle
against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality
today there is no difference between Jordanians,
Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and
tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of
a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand
that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian
people’ to oppose Zionism.
“For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state
with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa.
While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa,
Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we
reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even
a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
(PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, in a 1977
interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)