Sunday, October 13, 2019

Anti-Semitic Hooligans at Toronto's York University

Hat tip Alysson Taylor, Canadian-Jewish News, Algemeiner and Israel Unwired

This week another ugly, anti-Semitic incident occurred at a North American University campus. This time it was at Toronto's York University, one of the worst in Canada when it comes to pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel, and anti-Jewish incidents. In the below link you can see Lauren Isaacs describe what happened when she and others set up a pro-Israel information table on campus. After about an hour, the Arab and Muslim students showed up and things went downhill from there.  Here is yet another example of the intimidation and disruption that occurs on North American campuses. You can see Lauren speaking on video at the below link.

Here is a recent article written by Ms Isaacs describing the climate at York for Jewish students.

Here is a current article about B'nai Brith getting involved in a student lawsuit at York over mandatory school fees to support campus organizations. As part of that, some Jewish students are unwilling to have to pay student fees to support groups who, in turn, support the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel.

As of today, I have not seen any articles about the above York incident in the York campus newspaper, the Excalibur, nor the Toronto Star nor the Toronto Sun. The Sun, however, is running an op-ed by Michael Mostyn, CEO of B'nai Brith in Canada, regarding the above lawsuit. The Excalibur is running an article which clearly favors the continuation of student fees.

As I stated above, York has been having a lot of issues with this over the past several years. Probably the worst incident was in February 2009, when Jewish students were forced to barricade themselves in the campus Hillel builing as it was stormed by pro-Palestinian thugs.

This latest outrage merits monitoring to see how the university handles the incident and how it is reported, both on campus and in the Toronto community.

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