A UBC Student is going to court in a bid to stop a controversial student union referendum boycotting Israeli products.
In a court filing, Logan Presch says the question, which calls for a ban on companies supporting alleged Israeli war crimes, is unconstitutional, toxic, and making students on campus feel unsafe.
Alma Matter Society president Ava Nasiri says the AMS has taken steps to address those concerns.
“We have taken very active steps to ensure that there is no threat to the personal or emotional safety of students, including attempts to have all relevant campus groups and stakeholders sign a commitment to our respectful environment policy.”
On the constitutional question, Nasiri says the AMS is staying neutral, and welcomes the judge’s ruling.
“It’s of utmost importance for us to maintain and seek clarification on what the right thing to do is when it comes to our constitution, our bylaws, and the way we govern this organization.”
She says the AMS has acted to keep students safe… making those in the debate sign a commitment to a respectful environment policy.
The AMS is still certifying the petition for the referendum but could hold the vote by year’s end.
A virtually identical referendum question did not pass in 2015.