On March 30,2017 the Canadian Jewish News posted The Ryerson Student Union has adopted a new, comprehensive definition of antisemitism. On March 29, 2017 the RSU’s executive passed a motion changing its definition of antisemitism to add the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism, adopted by the federal government in 2012. The article states the new definition as “In part, the new wording defines anti-Semitism as: the denial of Jews’ right to self-determination; applying “double standards” by requiring of Jews “behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”; using symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism and drawing comparisons between contemporary Israeli policy and the Nazis.” The reason the university changed was because “The old definition was “prejudice or discrimination based on stereotypes and assumptions about Jewish people. This can include policies, views, or actions that harm or discriminate against Jewish people individually or on an institutional level.”” RSU executive then said ““Now I can confidently say that this motion makes it far more difficult for anti-Semites to perpetuate anti-Semitism at the student government level, and now, we are able to hold them accountable,” I believe it is great that this definition keeps on updating with everything that is going on in our world today. Many times we see these cases of antisemitic acts, yet university just sweeps them under the rug. Hopefully with this new definition, it will bring justice to anyone who has been a victim of an antisemitic act. And hopefully it will keep changing so we do not run into this problem again.
Reporter, Ron Csillag Staff. “Ryerson Student Union Adopts New Definition of Anti-Semitism.” The Canadian Jewish News. N.p., 30 Mar. 2017. Web. 31 Mar. 2017.