‘Get your head out of your Rector’

Queen’s students rally to oust rector Nick Day


Queen’s students have formed a Facebook group called “Get your head out of your Rector! Remove Nick Day as Queen’s Rector” in reaction to a letter Day sent to the office of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

Day criticized Ignatieff’s condemnation of Israel Apartheid Week, arguing Israel is committing “genocide.” Queen’s student Jake Roth created the Facebook group in response to the news. As of 8:30 p.m. there were just 197 members, but Roth hopes it will grow to 4000.

“I object to Mr. Day using his position to make irrelevant political statements,” Roth said in an email.

According to messages posted on Twitter and Facebook, students are circulating petitions to have Day removed from his position.

UPDATE: Queen’s rector faces impeachment

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‘Get your head out of your Rector’

  1. The Arabs/Iran are building a false Myth.
    They will not be confused with real facts!
    Unfortunately some innocent people (or not?) from the west are joining the false chorus.

    By the Israeli law and practice all citizens are:
    Equal by low—–Full political rights—-– Equals in universal human rights ––religious freedom––Citizens express freely––Women equality––Social rights equality–- study on same universities—- sharing the same medical treatment in hospitals- serves as judges and lawyers- play in the same sport clubs–share equally all public infrastructures– and more…..
    This is apartheid??
    Should Israel changed in line to Muslims countries?

    The ridiculous call to change the above lows of some of so called human rights organization or democratic supporters!
    Part 2
    What s the status in Muslim countries?
    *Iran- more than 200 gays have been executed
    *Iran- Teachers were hanged up because teaching Bahai religion.
    *Iran Women low- Virgin women to be executed is raped by a guard ahead execution.
    *All over the Muslim countries: Christians are being persecuted and are under run.
    *Building or repairing of non Muslim shrines is either forbidden or severely restricted
    *Limited woman rights
    * Acceptable honor killing of doters and wife’s
    *People conversing from Islam to other religions may get by low death sentence
    * Political parties are either forbidden or limited.
    *Iran- By low only Shia Muslim cab be president, army chief, judge.
    The so called human rights organization or democratic supporters don’t blame, vote resolutions or demonstrate against Muslim countries.
    What is the definition of this behavior? Hypocrite!

  2. Anti Apartheid activists of the stature of Desmond Tutu have called on Israel to stop its extremely discriminatory, violent and degrading treatment of Palestinians. There are three issues in the Israel Palestinian conflict. These are :

    1. The right of return for refugees.
    2. The removal of settlements.
    3. The status of Jerusalem.

    On each of these, the International Law and morality is on the side of the Palestinians. They were ethnically cleansed to create Israel and they have a right to return. All settlements outside of the Green Line are illegal. Jerusalem is the heart of the Palestinian culture and life.

    Since at least Eighties a reasonable consensus has been available for the solution of the issue. This solution entails:
    1. Establishment of a Palestinian State in West Bank and Gaza.
    2. Removal of All settlements except for minor mutually agreed adjustments.
    3. A just solution to the refugee issue. This includes providing compensation for their loss.
    4. Jerusalem as a shared capital.

    Almost the whole World is behind this solution except Israel, US and a few others.

    Israel meanwhile imposes check points, conducts a blockade, jails thousands, does home demolitions, drops white phosphorus on hospitals, boards unarmed ships in international waters and murders unarmed activists.

    IAW is a effective way to debate and spread awareness about the issue.

    Further reading:

    1. The Fateful Traingle by Noam Chomsky.
    2. Beyond Chutzpah by Norman Finkelstein.
    3. Image and Reality of the Israel Palestine Conflict by Norman Finkelstein.

  3. In the San Remo Resolution (1922), the international community recognized the fact that the land of Israel was the homeland of the Jewish people, and incorporated into international law a legal framework for Jews to “closely” settle the land of Israel and to rebuild their homeland. Prior to WW I, the land of Israel had been controlled by Turkey for 400 years and other foreign rulers before that. The last (and only) indigenous national state that had been in Israel was the state of the Jews. Prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, the term “Palestinian” referred to Jews. Arabs were Arabs. The Arabs who now call themselves “Palestinians,” not only never possessed a country, but never were identified by themselves or others as a distinct ethnic or national group, like Kurds, Armenians, Berbers or Basques. They were simply Arabs.

    The original territory designated for the Jewish homeland included all of the area that is now Israel and Jordan. International recognition of the right of Jews to reestablish their homeland is preserved by the United Nations under Article 80 of its Charter.

    Today the world calls the heartland of Israe,l known continuously from Biblical times to the mid-twentieth century as Judea (along with Samaria), the West Bank. (This modern attempt to disenfranchise the Jews from their homeland by making up a new name reflects the Roman renaming of all of Israel Palestine. Pales is the Roman goddess of shepherds and flocks, and the name is similar to an earlier Greek name for the area.) At the time of the San Remo resolution, there was no distinction between Judea and Samaria and any other part of Israel. The right of Jews to rebuild their homeland in Judea and Samaria remains in force. The claims that Jewish communities are illegal are based on a false reading of the Fourth Geneva convention. Furthermore, as noted above, the Fourth Geneva Convention is inapplicable regarding Jews living in Judea and Samaria as the right of Jews to live in these areas had previously been recognized in international law.

    At the end of WWI, the Arabs living in this area mainly considered themselves southern Syrians (the Turkish rule of Palestine was largely administered from Damascus). By their feet however the Arab masses preferred the Zionist enterprise as there was a large and sustained Arab immigration into the Jewish homeland as Arabs sought to also benefit from the Jews efforts to rebuild their homeland. A second and very ironic consequence of Zionist nation building was a vast increase in the Arab population through better health and access to medical facilities. Prior to the Mandate period, for instance, half of all Arab children in Palestine did not survive past their fifth birthday.

    The San Remo Resolution was put into effect by the Mandate for Palestine, a trust administered by the British. The Mandate preserved the civil and religious rights of non-Jews in Palestine, but explicitly did not give the non-Jews political rights. In 1922, exercising a power granted in the Mandate, Britain withdrew what is now Jordan from the area of Jewish settlement. Today 70% of the population of Jordan would label themselves “Palestinian.”

    In addition to Jordan there are over 20 countries where the population is predominantly if not almost entirely the same as the “Palestinian-Arabs.” Specifically these countries are ethnically Arab, the official language is Arabic and the predominant (and generally only official) religion is Islam.

    Collectively these 21 countries possess over 99.5% of the land area of the Middle East and North Africa. In contrast there is only one Jewish state, one state where Jews are other than a tiny minority of the population, one state where Hebrew is the official language and this one Jewish state “occupies” one six hundredth of the land area occupied by Arab states. This bears repeating: one six hundredth.

    The political movements dominant in Palestinian-Arab society, Hamas in Gaza and the PLO elsewhere both have the destruction of Israel as a central point of their Charters. The PLO was formed in 1964, before Israel held a centimeter of “occupied” territory.

    Arabs have attacked Jews for political reasons regularly since 1921 (almost three decades before the modern state of Israel was established). The word ‘Defense” in the name of the Israel Defense Force literally reflects its origins during Israel’s pre-statehood period. The first defensive efforts the largely unarmed Jews took against Arab violence was to overnight build defensive walls around their communities. More recently Israel responded to the plague of suicide bombers by building a separation barrier. This has been very successful in saving lives in Israel.

    Judea and Samaria (in Hebrew Yehuda and Shomron) contain the Israel’s central highlands. These highlands dominate Israel’s narrow coastal plain and serve as a giant natural wall against attack from the Arab east. Seventy percent of Israel’s population, commerce and industry is located on this narrow (nine miles at its narrowest and fifteen or so miles elsewhere) flat area. Without control of the central highlands and Jordan Valley, the rest of Israel is indefensible. Surrendering Gaza and withdrawing the Israeli military from Southern Lebanon did not bring peace, it brought Israel’s citizens barrages of missiles.

  4. Michael,

    You can read an interview with Benny Morris that is available at http://www.counterpunch.org/shavit01162004.html

    Benny Morris documented the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to make way for the State of Israel. Here are some samples of what Benny Morris said in that interview.
    “The revised book is a double-edged sword. It is based on many documents that were not available to me when I wrote the original book, most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives. What the new material shows is that there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah [the pre-state defense force that was the precursor of the IDF] were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves.”
    “The worst cases were Saliha (70-80 killed), Deir Yassin (100-110), Lod (250), Dawayima (hundreds) and perhaps Abu Shusha (70). There is no unequivocal proof of a large-scale massacre at Tantura, but war crimes were perpetrated there. At Jaffa there was a massacre about which nothing had been known until now. The same at Arab al Muwassi, in the north. About half of the acts of massacre were part of Operation Hiram [in the north, in October 1948]: at Safsaf, Saliha, Jish, Eilaboun, Arab al Muwasi, Deir al Asad, Majdal Krum, Sasa. In Operation Hiram there was a unusually high concentration of executions of people against a wall or next to a well in an orderly fashion.”

    “That can’t be chance. It’s a pattern. Apparently, various officers who took part in the operation understood that the expulsion order they received permitted them to do these deeds in order to encourage the population to take to the roads. The fact is that no one was punished for these acts of murder. Ben-Gurion silenced the matter. He covered up for the officers who did the massacres.”

    “”That was the situation. That is what Zionism faced. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population. It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on.””

    You can read the rest of the interview and come to your own conclusion. I think Palestinans were wronged and they should be compensated. Instead Israel is bent on humiliating them day in and day out and making their life impossible. Also understand this -ALL Jewish settlements outside the Green Line are against International Law-thats the opinion of the World Court. I have already provided you the references.

  5. Hello,

    This issue is not about Israeli politics. I urge you to discuss such concerns through a lens other than my campaign.

  6. It’s not about whether Day’s views on Israel are right or wrong. Most people know that Iran is 100 times more oppressive than Israel, but that’s not the point.

    The point is the boundaries of Day’s office being violated.

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