Quebec Superior Court halts adoption of pro-Palestinian McGill student union policy | CBC News

Published: 23 November 2023

November 23, 2023 | Some McGill students say their right to express support for Palestinians is being suppressed, after a Quebec court temporarily put a stop to a student plan to adopt a pro-Palestinian policy at the university.

Quebec Superior Court issued a safeguard order Tuesday, preventing the student union from moving forward until the court can hear arguments from both sides. The decision might be based on an injunction filed to stop the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) from adopting a policy against genocide in Palestine that was approved in a referendum this week. 

A member of the SSMU executive committee forwarded an email to CBC alleging the B'nai Brith and the Israeli consulate have publicly identified some McGill students involved in pro-Palestinian movement, putting them in danger.

Pearl Eliadis says that in court cases, power imbalances are often disproportionate, but there is a mechanism in place to prevent parties from abusing their status. She also added that the court order is just a way of pressing pause. 

"This is simply a safeguard order where the parties have both agreed and particularly the Students' Society of McGill University has agreed to hold off on the ratification of the vote until the court hears the injunction," she said. "There has been no decision on the merits of the case."

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