Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
Outraged by BC School’s Admission of Anti-Israel Bias; Pleased Discriminatory
January 31, 2017 – Toronto: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) was outraged to learn of the discriminatory policy which banned Israeli students from attending the Island School of Business Arts (ISBA) in British Columbia over disagreement with Israeli politics.
“In a phone call with FSWC, ISBA was quick to assure us the school had rescinded the policy; the author of an email telling an Israeli student he was not welcome at the school admitted, “This was a misinterpretation of a UN declaration and a mistake on ISBA's part”," explained FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo. “While FSWC is pleased this discriminatory policy has been lifted, we are outraged by the selective singling out of the Jewish state, and wonder if students from Syria, Iran, or China were similarly targeted,” he added.
FSWC believes this incident is cause for serious concern about the harm done by UN Resolution 2334 in encouraging a rising tide of antisemitism. We will continue to monitor this institution.
Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32 / firstname.lastname@example.org