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Anti-Israel protesters shut down Carleton board meeting

Group wants university to divest itself of companies that hold relations with Israel

A board of governors meeting at Carleton University was canceled Tuesday night due to a protest of more than 200. The protest, which partially blocked access to the meeting room, was organized in part by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA). According to SAIA members, the demonstration was a response to the university’s refusal to permit students to attend the meeting to debate a motion calling on Carleton to divest itself from companies that hold relations with Israel. The student motion, which targeted pension funds, was not included in the agenda, the administration says, because pension investments have already been reviewed and a policy was adopted in the fall that states “environmental, social and governance factors should be considered in investment decision-making.”

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