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December 13, 2015 12:10 pm

Anti-Israel Protest Disrupts York University Hanukkah Party With ‘Harassment, Intimidation’

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Anti-Israel protesters interrupted a pre-Hanukkah celebration at York University. Photo: Facebook.

A pre-Hanukkah celebration sponsored by the Hillel chapter at York University in Toronto was interrupted by an anti-Israel student demonstration, The Canadian Jewish News reported on Friday.

On Dec. 3, supporters of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) were holding a “silent protest” for a “YU Divest” campaign, when they noticed Jewish and other students enjoying a holiday event — in the university’s Vari Hall — featuring an inflatable Hanukkah menorah and other items, including a photo booth.

The anti-Israel protesters then began to chant slogans and hand out leaflets right near the Hillel event, according to the report.

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“What was planned as a silent protest turned into chants and the blocking of the hallways,” Hillel said on its Facebook page. “While Hillel prides itself on promoting respectful discourse on all campuses, we find tactics of harassment and intimidation to be intolerable.”

Anna Baev, director of Hillel York, said the university’s administration confirmed the booking of the Hanukkah event on Nov. 23, but Hillel staff members were only told about the nearby protest on the morning of the party. She told The Canadian Jewish News that about 400 students, many of them not Jewish, participated in the two-day event. Some students approached Hillel organizers and said they felt frustrated that a protest was taking place during the festivities.

“It created a negative atmosphere for the students,” Baev said. “They felt it was ruining the overall environment on campus.”

Joanne Rider, director of media relations at York, confirmed that Hillel members were told in advance by York University staff that YU Divest would be holding a protest in an adjacent space in Vari Hall. She said York University has not received a formal complaint from any student regarding the protest. Nevertheless, she noted, the university is “in the process of reviewing video footage and soliciting feedback from staff members who were present.”

“Any student who has or does contact us will be advised about how – under the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities – they can file a formal complaint. We encourage them to do so,” she said. “York University is committed to freedom of expression and takes proactive measures to help ensure a safe and inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment.”

Avi Benlolo, CEO of Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Canadian Jewish News that the disruption shows the “true antisemitic nature of the anti-Israel boycott crowd at York University.”

He added: “This incident may be the beginning a more profound effort to marginalize the Jewish presence at York as anti-Israel incitement on campus, encouraged by a large mural at York’s student center, which promotes Palestinian violence against Israel, does not typically cross over into direct anti-Jewish action, as it now has done.”

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  • Jeanette

    Jews – (are doing a Jewish thing that has nothing WHATSOEVER to do with Israel)

    Gentiles – (popping up from behind furniture) “Its really disrespectful of you guys to like, exist and stuff with Palestinians suffering so much.”

    Jews – “Where the hell did you even COME FROM?!”

    • stevieb

      Its hard to understand why a post secondary academic institution that claims tolerance and equality as a value would allow a white supremacist hats group like Hillel operate on campus in the first place. Very odd indeed…

  • Fisher2

    York has become a very public embarrassment to the whole country! What a disgusting display!

  • Helen

    stop to support York University, enough to pay our money for this shitty university.

  • noanoa

    Typical muslim behavior.

    Cowardly bullies.

    Today it’s the Jews, tomorrow it’s the rest of the Christian Infidels.

    They need to be eliminated for the malignant cancer that they are !!!

    • Jeanette

      Noanoa, I’m Jewish, and I’m disgusted with you for using this as an excuse to perpetuate Islamophobia. People who use being anti-Israel as a pretext to hide their antisemitism come from all walks of life. Muslims are not my enemy, antisemites are. Your call for them to be “eliminated” chills my blood. We Jews need allies, but NOT the likes of you!

    • Chris

      ……… the protesters weren’t muslim, idiot. They were anarchists. Second off, right wing christian domestic terrorists are a MUCH bigger threat to security than muslims. If anyone needs to get wiped out, it’s them.

  • Robert

    Perhaps a protest for women’s rights in Saudia Arabia is caled for at SAIA’s next event. Obviously, any Muslims in the group are responsible for Saudi state policies just like all Jews are responsible for Israeli state policies. BTW, the last sentence is sarcasm in case any one mussed that.

  • justine

    I believe that all religions most keep their celebretions in their preyer houses and personal homes
    Agression to one or other is Not the solution
    any ways muslims and jew are both decendents of abraham why they fight for??

    • David

      Justine,

      Hanukah is a community celebration to be inclusive and shared with everyone. It’s a beautiful holiday. Kind of like Christmas. Cities all over the world have wonderful community celebrations around Hanukah. No reason to go down the dark path of anti-semitic behavior. It was just unacceptable.

      • JB

        Muslims are not descendants of Abraham. Arabs can claim descent from Abraham, if they are truly Arabs, of which most of those who call themselves Arabs are not. The Arab conquest of North Africa absorbed many nationalities, Berbers, Egyptians, others in between, and in the East, most of the “Arabs” of Iraq were originally Babylonians, Medes, Persians, and Turks, no relation to Ishmael, son of Abraham whatsoever.

  • bzilber

    Jewish students shouldn’t have to lodge “official complaints” with the administration over this Hanukah disruption. The administration should take and should have taken unilateral actions to prevent and to punish the demonstrators and their actions. They should never have booked the demonstrators next to Hillel’s event in the first place. The York University Administration has shown its tacit “couldn’t-care-less” support of virulently anti-semitic and anti-Israel groups on campus for years. Philanthropists should just withdraw all funding from this university.

  • Jack Klompus

    Agree with a yid, enough is enough. Give these twits what they don’t expect – resistance. Go after them. They are basically cowards. You might have to take a few licks but if you show these cretins that you’ve had enough of their sh*t and throw down a little, they’ll stop. Hit them. Take their flags and signs. Throw punches. Bullies back down when they face resistance. You know they’ll go running to their enablers and cry boo hoo but trust me people will support you. I fully encourage Hillel groups to stand up to these people and start kicking a little a*s. They have no respect for you, they are modern day Nazis, give back what they’re dishing out BUT HARDER. ENOUGH. RESIST.

  • Paul Cerar

    Fight back! Stop donating money to the university, and let the university know why you did it! Attend university, and pay tuition, at other schools, and again let York U know why you are doing it!

    If York U, and other universities tolerate fascists, then let the fascists pay for the expenses!

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Ben

    This is absolutely anti-Semitism. These kids were trying to celebrate a religious holiday, not have a pro-Israel rally, and they were protested against for it. Throw the bigots out!

  • For all the money the jewish students pay for collage, they have the right to be left alone and not harassed by racist crows of people. Where is the security for Jews? They are paying the collage and should be afforded all the priviages all students have.

  • Danielle

    It is incredibly disappointing to me that the staff of York University permitted these 2 events to be scheduled on the same night in adjacent facilities. I will not credit them by attributing this to a lack of foresight. It would have been impossible not to recognize that an anti-Israel (and widely criticized as anti-Jewish) movement scheduling its activities in the vicinity of a Jewish religious celebration was intended to disrupt that celebration, or would at least have that effect. The administration had the distinct responsibility, as protectors of the rights of its student minorities and as protectors of the integrity of all student denominations at the university, to be firm in requiring the protest (which sounds to have been scheduled after the holiday party) to take place on another night. An anti-Israel protest has no place at a Jewish religious celebration. The University, in acting as a facilitator, is equally responsible for this anti-Semitic infringement of student rights as the anti-Israel protestors themselves, and should be held to task in issuing a formal apology.

    • Agree completely

  • astrodog

    This is nothing more than religious based harrassment which normally should get you expelled but in the case of targeting Jews is deemed acceptable or understandable. It is the great Jewish exception to all the unversity’s high sounding principles. Can you imagine if Muslim students were holding a holiday event and protesters decided to target and disrupt it? Would their actions be excused? Would the university be so quick to permit such a “protest”? Or strain to legitimize what they did? BDS is pure anti-semitism. It is designed to turn universities into a hostile, anti-Jewish environment. And the university plays right along because anti-semitism is now deemed officially acceptable.

  • A.B

    And yet, York is soliciting donations from Jewish donors.
    You want this to stop? Spread the word. There will be no more Jewish $$ going to York. Jewish employers should also be very vocal about recruiting from York.
    Last year I interviewed and hired 40 graduates and interns from York. Guess what.. I’ll be a little more picky this year.

    Jews need to boycott and divest from York.

  • Diggs

    Just wait to see what happens at every single university once Trudeau gets his tens of thousands of muzzies into Canada. There won’t be a safe place for Jews anywhere. Between Lefty hatred of Israel, and raghead hatred of pretty much everything, it’s going to be a rough ride for any Jews in Canada.

  • TBlakely

    Lol, if your worldview happens to coincide with the university administration and professors you can harass to your heart’s content. But if you want to hold an event promoting some conservative viewpoint, well that is a bridge too far since it could be ‘unsafe’ due to possible hostile actions of lefty activists or worse ‘triggering’. Lots of these universities are turning into Maoist hellholes.

  • MnemonicMike

    “An armed society is a polite society” … meaning that if you offend someone who might hurt you, you tend to think twice. In these days where leftist children wantonly insult anyone they choose, there is bewilderment about the idea that whatever they say or do is not OK. Take a few of them out behind the barn and punish them severely. Only then will civilization begin to return to normal.

  • Gretchen

    There wish group should stage an anti- Palestinian terror, anti-terror demonstation the next time a Muslims group meets. use the exact same language, see how quickly the Jew hating administration attacks them. Jews are the original oppressed group.

  • Adam

    Please read this…print and distribute. It’s from 2011 but it’s still relevant today unfortunately

    This letter was sent to the Edinburgh University Student Association in April following their vote to boycott Israel because of its ‘apartheid’

    September 22, 2011
    May I be permitted to say a few words to members of the EUSA? I am an Edinburgh graduate (MA 1975) who studied Persian, Arabic and Islamic History in Buccleuch Place under William Montgomery Watt and Laurence Elwell Sutton, two of Britain’s great Middle East experts in their day. I later went on to do a PhD at Cambridge and to teach Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University. Naturally, I am the author of several books and hundreds of articles in this field.
    I say all that to show that I am well informed in Middle Eastern affairs and that, for that reason, I am shocked and disheartened by the EUSA motion and vote. I am shocked for a simple reason: there is not and has never been a system of apartheid in Israel. That is not my opinion, that is fact that can be tested against reality by any Edinburgh student, should he or she choose to visit Israel to see for themselves.
    Let me spell this out, since I have the impression that those members of EUSA who voted for this motion are absolutely clueless in matters concerning Israel, and that they are, in all likelihood, the victims of extremely biased propaganda coming from the anti-Israel lobby.
    Being anti-Israel is not in itself objectionable. But I’m not talking about ordinary criticism of Israel. I’m speaking of a hatred that permits itself no boundaries in the lies and myths it pours out. Thus, Israel is repeatedly referred to as a ‘Nazi’ state.
    In what sense is this true, even as a metaphor? Where are the Israeli concentration camps? The einzatsgruppen? The SS? The Nüremberg Laws? The Final Solution? None of these things nor anything remotely resembling them exists in Israel, precisely because the Jews, more than anyone on earth, understand what Nazism stood for. It is claimed that there has been an Israeli Holocaust in Gaza (or elsewhere). Where? When?
    I’m speaking of a hatred that permits itself no boundaries in the lies and myths it pours out
    No honest historian would treat that claim with anything but the contempt it deserves. But calling Jews Nazis and saying they have committed a Holocaust is as basic a way to subvert historical fact as anything I can think of.
    Likewise apartheid. For apartheid to exist, there would have to be a situation that closely resembled things in South Africa under the apartheid regime. Unfortunately for those who believe this, a weekend in any part of Israel would be enough to show how ridiculous the claim is.
    That a body of university students actually fell for this and voted on it is a sad comment on the state of modern education. The most obvious focus for apartheid would be the country’s 20 per cent Arab population. Under Israeli law, Arab Israelis have exactly the same rights as Jews or anyone else; Muslims have the same rights as Jews or Christians; Baha’is, severely persecuted in Iran, flourish in Israel, where they have their world centre; Ahmadi Muslims, severely persecuted in Pakistan and elsewhere, are kept safe by Israel; the holy places of all religions are protected under a specific Israeli law.
    Arabs form 20 per cent of the university population (an exact echo of their percentage in the general population). In Iran, the Baha’is (the largest religious minority) are forbidden to study in any university or to run their own universities: why aren’t your members boycotting Iran?
    Arabs in Israel can go anywhere they want, unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa. They use public transport, they eat in restaurants, they go to swimming pools, they use libraries, they go to cinemas alongside Jews – something no blacks could do in South Africa. Israeli hospitals not only treat Jews and Arabs, they also treat Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank. On the same wards, in the same operating theatres.
    In Israel, women have the same rights as men: there is no gender apartheid. Gay men and women face no restrictions, and Palestinian gays often escape into Israel, knowing they may be killed at home. It seems bizarre to me that LGBT groups call for a boycott of Israel and say nothing about countries like Iran, where gay men are hanged or stoned to death.
    That illustrates a mindset that beggars belief. Intelligent students thinking it’s better to be silent about regimes that kill gay people, but good to condemn the only country in the Middle East that rescues and protects gay people. Is that supposed to be a sick joke?
    University is supposed to be about learning to use your brain, to think rationally, to examine evidence, to reach conclusions based on solid evidence, to compare sources, to weigh up one view against one or more others. If the best Edinburgh can now produce are students who have no idea how to do any of these things, then the future is bleak.
    I do not object to well documented criticism of Israel. I do object when supposedly intelligent people single the Jewish state out above states that are horrific in their treatment of their populations. We are going through the biggest upheaval in the Middle East since the 7th and 8th centuries, and it’s clear that Arabs and Iranians are rebelling against terrifying regimes that fight back by killing their own citizens. Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs alike, do not rebel (though they are free to protest).
    Yet Edinburgh students mount no demonstrations and call for no boycotts against Libya, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran. They prefer to make false accusations against one of the world’s freest countries, the only country in the Middle East that has taken in Darfur refugees, the only country in the Middle East that gives refuge to gay men and women, the only country in the Middle East that protects the Baha’is…. Need I go on? The imbalance is perceptible, and it sheds no credit on anyone who voted for this boycott.
    I ask you to show some common sense. Get information from the Israeli embassy. Ask for some speakers. Listen to more than one side. Do not make your minds up until you have given a fair hearing to both parties. You have a duty to your students, and that is to protect them from one-sided argument.
    They are not at university to be propagandised. And they are certainly not there to be tricked into antisemitism by punishing one country among all the countries of the world, which happens to be the only Jewish state. If there had been a single Jewish state in the 1930s (which, sadly, there was not), don’t you think Adolf Hitler would have decided to boycott it?
    Of course he would, and he would not have stopped there. Your generation has a duty to ensure that the perennial racism of antisemitism never sets down roots among you. Today, however, there are clear signs that it has done so and is putting down more. You have a chance to avert a very great evil, simply by using reason and a sense of fair play. Please tell me that this makes sense to you. I have given you some of the evidence.
    It’s up to you to find out more.

    • Dear Adam,

      Thanks so much for posting this! One of the clearer explanations of the situation yet!
      I am on Face Book and will probably use this to refute the usual anti-Semitic crap.

      Thanks again!
      Cordially,
      Richard G.Klein

  • jerry

    Welcome to the real world of hypocrisy, with a capital C.
    One can talk until one is blue in the face, achieving nothing! And one can rationalize from now until doomsday, and still nothing will matter. This is the new society we are living in, one which does not have any yard stick to measure up to! It is called political correctness, which will destroy all values in our society.

  • Adele

    I obtained two degrees from this university, last being in 2009. I am so sorry and ashamed I gave this horrific institution one penny of my money. The Jewish population needs to take a more aggressive stand against these monsters who have been persecuting the Jews at York and all over the world throughout time. York University can go to hell with all of its disgusting supporters.

  • Michael

    This s why I have no compassion for the Palestinians — it is because of the indefensible and relentless obstruction of free speech by their supporters at every single college campus they infest. When they change, I will change.

    • Ann

      As a Palestinian, I want to call out all these supposed “allies” who may have believed they were doing the right thing for the Palestinian cause, but ultimately at the back of their minds knew this was the worst possible way to do it. There are genuine grievances that the Palestinians hold and this act of anti Semitism only served to diminish any credibility that our cause has. It is likely there were also Palestinian students in the midst of this “protest”, I want to remind you that for years Jewish Palestinians and other Palestinians lived in peace, you are wrong to attack a religion on the basis of politics that has married the name of Judaism with the name of a state. I am further disgusted that there were also Muslims in this rally, just know this was a sin on your behalf. Shame on you for intruding a Jewish event. Shame on you for equivocating Judaism with Zionism. Shame on you for failing to see some of our strongest supporters of human rights in Palestine being Jewish. Make this right to me and to all the other Palestinians and issue an apology.

  • Anthony Dayton

    In one of the photos, a man holding a BDS sign looks to be in his sixties. Must have failed a lot of courses to be that old involved in a hateful student harassment – too busy hating Israel and Jews to study!. To use the word protest here is to misunderstand the word’s meaning or the intent of the haters. Or both.

    So what happened to the vaunted Canadian tolerance and freedom to worship with which our new PM greeted the Syrian refugees? And where exactly are those university ‘safe spaces’? This group of Jewish students peacefully celebrating a religious holiday, seems to misplaced theirs.

  • Jack

    As a former graduate of York University and being Jewish as well, I am sickened by the actions of SAIA protesting a pre Chaunukah event at Hillel York. This is not the first time SAIA has tried to upset Jewish student population at York. This video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQsQbbGk8Eg led to my writing an article in the last edition of The Jewish Tribune newspaper on Jan.29/15 where I had York’s administration having to defend university Lions mascots taking photos next to people distributing SAIA materials. The newspaper web site was take down a short time ago, so perhaps through some electronic digging you’ll be able to find it and see the misconnection that is SAIA

    • Jack

      make that ‘admonish’ university Lions… (not ‘defend’)

  • Earl Gardner

    What this shows is that York U. is a supporter of Antisematism in a Grass Roots format. By not stepping in and stopping this form of ugly activity, they show support for all anti semitic activity.
    The University board should be charged under the Hate Crimes Act and answer to the courts.

  • bae

    as a student at the “fine” institution it is beyond embarrassing. The school has sanctioned the activities of the anti-israel group citing the guarantee of freedom of expression of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, it is also an offence in Canada’s criminal code to disseminate hateful material. See section 319 of the criminal code of canada here how that definition is not met in this instance is beyond me.

    They, being whatever organization that does not deserve me remembering their name, have been spreading hateful anti-Semetic propaganda for the better part of 2 decades. The university simply will not do anything while this organizations and many other across Canada spread hate. As far as I am concerned, by the continued sanctioning of their promotion of violence by the University, York is just as much to blame and should be ashamed of itself.

  • Jack O’Donnell

    This video shows how much terror will be coming to Canadian campuses under the guise of “anti-zionism” and “divest” movements. Only one religion uses terror. If we let it work for them, we will only get more of it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsU-5oZOq4I

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Let them try doing that to a black function and see what happens to the protesters.

    Jews have to stop being so pathetically weak and be strong and show their strength to their haters.

    The haters are all cowards and being nice to haters only encourages them to hate Jews more.

    I can’t believe that Jews are thrilled that Syrians are coming to Canada.

    I know what is going to happen with the Jews. Extortion, kidnapping, rape and murder is on the horizon and then it will be too late.

    Wake up and understand what is happening!!!!

    • Jeanette

      The Syrians are fleeing for their lives just as we Jews were. Stop using antisemitism as a pretext to throw Muslims under a bus. Non-Muslims are every bit as antisemitic as Muslims are, and I will not stand by and let you scapegoat Muslims abhorrent behavior that I have seen perpetuated by people of varying creeds.

  • Brian

    Do you not have security at the university? how can you implicate rules once they have already been broken, (if they have).It would appear that the university staff are, if not all partially to blame for this incident.It would be good to see that their act is got together before it happens again.

  • Dr. David Nussbaum

    Once, York was a very good university, considered in the top tier of Canadian Universities when I attended in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. It was a healthy environment for a diversity of students. I met a fellow-student playing chess in one of the common rooms who I later learned was Palestinian. This did not affect our friendship despite our contentious but civil discussions about Israeli-Arab relationships. We still got along. York was also considered among top tiered Canadian universities. Our ultra-leftist Political Science professor considered the USA as evil incarnate and responsible for all of the world’s evils due to their insatiable, carnivorous greed. This is of course consistent with “Critical Theory”, and he never presented any information about the truly horrific communist/socialist evil that was engulfing Southern Asia, having already swallowed up Eastern Europe and what the USA was attempting to reverse. Being that his information was selective and very one-sided, he was largely ignored. Strange how the left is always silent about their various causes when atrocities against them are committed by their communist, socialist and Islamicist darlings. But all students (Jews, Trotskyites, Maoists, and Arabs among others) could maintain and express their political and religious positions openly and without fear.

    All of this changed after Laura Marsden was replaced as President. York is now classified as a Second Tier Canadian University (and tied for 7th with Memorial University of Newfoundland in that second tier) under the incumbency of Mamdouh Shoukri. York is becoming less known for its academics than its ubiquitous extremist political positions. Perhaps change must begin at the top. Students must be able to openly express what may be politically incorrect but much more factual and reality based positions, such as Israel’s legal rights under International Law to the entire area designated by the League of Nations and subsequently validated by the United Nations for the Jewish National Homeland; from the Jordan to the Mediterranean; still only a tiny slice of mostly rock and sand. Of course this reality would demolish the entire basis of the Palestinian “narrative” of Israel as the “Occupier” and so must be silenced. Further scholarship on that issue can be found on the Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights (CILR) website. Until both sides can be debated openly and honestly without fear, York will continue to be in my opinion, a pseudo-intellectual institution. No apologies to my my faculty colleagues who have allowed this situation to fester for over a decade. The salvation from this desultory state of affairs lies with bright and courageous graduate and undergraduate students who can investigate the issues and use their independently acquired knowledge, not the fabrications churned out daily by the extremist alliances to mislead and inspire hatred and true divisiveness.

    • elli

      excellently written.

  • George Jones

    It is truly unfortunate to once again see groups of people rising up to condemn the Jews. This is not new, throughout recorded history this has been a common occurrence. How quickly we forget that Israel was created as a return to the place of their ancestry and history. To witness the reoccurring event of hatred of Jews truly sickens me!

    That said I am also concerned that American and Canadian Jews are again practicing passive behavior rather than confronting those that choose to oppress. I’m certainly not suggesting violence but endeavoring to disrupt such events and mocking those that attempt to disrupt such holiday(and other)events is certainly appropriate. Without standing up for the religion and the country Jews will once again be persecuted and driven out of what was so hard to gain.

  • We seem to forget these are institutions of higher learning. Debates should be arranged inter-departmentally for formal expressions of views. Departments of political science and Middle Eastern studies can arrange for students who have actually passed courses in relevant subjects to speak in public. Protests are merely legalized harassment when used. To disrupt legitimate expression of a group’s purpose on campus -in this case the observance of a holiday.

    • Julie

      What debate, are you out of your mind??? Let them celebrate a holiday for g-d sakes!!! Horrible how the university got ruined!

  • Simon Safro

    It is really a shameful activity in York University, which initially was founded for students of Jewish origin many years ago. “York University Divest” campaign spreads hatred and tension among students and lecturers. Instead of peaceful discussion in order to understand what is going on in the State of Israel and find out who is really guilty in the Israeli- Arab Muslims from Palestine conflict they organize unprecedented stupid actions. They act like a flock of sheep chanting “apartheid, apartheid”. Do they know the meaning of this word? Or do they know anything about Israel? Sometimes I think that those groups and organizations have nothing to do with Israel herself. It is more likely anti-Jewish and religious motivation. Islam against Judaism. It is time for York University administration to take strict measures against that kind of groups and organizations.

  • Mickey Oberman

    ““It created a negative atmosphere for the students,” Baev said. “They felt it was ruining the overall environment on campus.”

    The “… overall environment on campus…” at York has been anti Semitic for years.

    Where was the dean during this incident?

    • Jack O’Donnell

      This is the “Dean’s “name: Mamdouh Shoukri
      President and Vice-Chancellor.

      Does that sound pro-Israel to you?

    • Victor Erimita

      Hiding under his desk.

  • Ilya Lavrenti

    By all means let in Syrian “refugees” and turn college campuses into battlegrounds.

    • Simi Albert

      How right you are!

    • Jeanette

      That’s a disgusting thing to say. Syrian refugees didn’t do this. Most BDS supporters I’ve met are white, non-Muslim liberals. Stop throwing Muslims under a bus. Holding them responsible for this is just as disgusting as collectively holding we Jews responsible for the human rights violations against Palestinians.

  • Ben

    Another example that the root cause of the Arab/Israeli conflict is not territorial but religious in nature, it is the intolerance of the surrounding Arab states to the existence of a Jewish state no matter how small.

    • myriam

      you are absolutely on target – it’s jealousy and anger for what we have that pisses them off ; i hope that whenever there is a celebration to be done at the behest of these anti-israel supporters for palestinian students, that we are all invited by the jewish community to participate in a demonstration to cause the same negativity that has now arisen and show them we are supportive of our own as well;

      let’s show them what it feels like; although i would like to remind those palestinians that they should pick up a history book and find out who truly displaced them long time ago and who kicked them out of their country because they were noting more than trouble in their own countries of origin (Jordan, saudi, qatar) they should be jealous of their own relatives who kicked them out so they would not have to share the wealth

    • Harvey

      Ben, it’s not specifically against Jews or anti-semitic in nature, it is islamic xenophobia which is sweeping the World.
      And it is the ignorant lefties that try and legitimize this sentiment by telling everyone how hard done by Muslims are in Israel. They are all going to get a big surprise when Sharia law comes knocking on their infidel doorsteps.

  • Nancy Williams

    This is UNBELIEVABLE that Joanne Rider, director of Media Relations, would even allow a protest ajacent to Vari Hall where the Chanukkah party was taking place at Toronto’s York University &… ALSO allow a large mural at York’s Student Center which promotes Palestinian violence against Israel…. & then, have the adacity to say that the “University is committed to freedom of expression and takes proactive measures to help ensure a safe and inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment.”!!! It sounds to me that this university is fanning the flames of “HATE & RACISM”! SHAME ON YORK UNIVERSITY! It makes me NOT PROUD to be a Canadian! People should be DIVESTING from THIS “spineless” University! I may not be Jewish, but love & fear God & believe Him when His Word in the Bible says “those who Bless Israel shall be Blessed!”…& His people!

  • Alannah Kern

    Why do they have an anti-Israel mural on campus. Would they also support an anti-Palestinian mural on campus. This saddens me.

  • a yid

    Headline we want to see: Jewish students react and attack anti-Israel protesters trying to disrupt Hanukah event.
    “When anti-Israel protesters attempted to disrupt a university Hanukah event, the Jewish students took immediate action pushing and screaming at the haters forcing them to run away from the building. “We’re not taking it anymore!” the Jewish students shouted. Outside the building, the anti-Israel protesters scrambled while breathing heavily saying “those Jews were fierce! We’re not going to mess with them anymore!”

    • araf

      Headline I want to see: “University administration develops backbone, suspends and expels disruptive students”

    • George O’Hagan

      I’d love that too!! I wish the spirit of Meier Kahane was at todays colleges.

    • Karin

      Yes except that’s not what would happen. The Jewish students would be accused of overreacting, of an out of proportion response, and the usual nonsense. No one likes a Jew who fights back.

      Meanwhile these anti-semites are permitted to take away *our* religious freedoms…

    • Abbas

      Is that really what happened? If so why this article is trying to hide it?

      • Harveysburger

        No, the guy is just writing what be wished had happened, onion.com-style

      • Larry Schwartz

        There must be religious co-existence and a celebration of religious holidays like Channukah, Ramadan, Diwali etc. must not be violated by politically motivated hate. It can create hysteria like in Nazi Germany, the Armenian massacre. Religion is above love, tolerance and respect and if there are differences the only way is through dialogue to come to an agreement and co-existence. While at the University of Waterloo the Israeli Consul-General offered to shake the hands of protesters who disrespectfully attempted to shout him down. I believe in freedom of expression but there must be respectful limits because HATE can lead to violence and incitement. The term apartheid was used in South African and I have been to Israel twice as well as Egypt and Petra, Jordan. Visionaries like Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat, Mahatma Ghandi decided that war and violence are not the way. I would like to emphasize that through Peace, Harmony and Friendship there are many benefits as opposed to Hate!!!!!

  • Susan Grace

    Bullying and harassment is shameful! What a lack of respect for others.

  • Jack Holan

    NOT BY ACCIDENT OR HAPPENCHANCE. The War against us, Jews in Israel and the Diaspora is multi-faceted being fought against us with by a Central Command Structure. So while stabbings &car murders in Israel you delegitimization of Israel and villianizing of Jews on Campuese of Western Europe and North America. Media, Politicians also scapegoating both Israel and Jews. We are the definition of SCAPEGOAT

  • Eitan Goldsmith

    York University has well paid security staff so i dont understand as a jewish student at york university why i must face such situations where i might be forced to defend myself or to feel unwelcomed in my own environment which i spend a lot of my.time on?

  • Eve

    According to the morons who are members of SAIA, everyone should have the freedom to celebrate religious holidays in peace. Everyone except Jews. They are nothing but antisemitic thugs and bullies.

  • H Kenneth Fisher MD

    The purpose of a university is to further open exchange of ideas–not to prevent someone with a different opinion to express it.

    I find it disappointing that the York University administration did not anticipate the likelihood of hostile interaction, and change one of the venues.

  • Linda Golden

    Takes proactive measures to ensure a safe and inclusive environment? You have to be kidding…allowing a virulent anti-Israel, anti-Jewish group demonstrate near a Chanukah celebration? Give me a break!

  • RICHARD MCNEIL

    I wonder… would this institution allow a group of Jewish students to disrupt an Eid al adha celebration? I’m guessing no. That simple test says everything a reasonable person needs to know about the university.

  • Divest from BDS

    Divest funds from the BDS supporting nonprofits

  • Gary Katz

    I wonder how much more attention and condemnation this story would get if it involved the disruption of a Muslim religious observance by demonstrators protesting the policies of Saudi Arabia? These obnoxious students will claim they are not anti-Semitic, but we know the truth.

  • steven L

    Trudeau quickly in action!!!!

  • Hannah

    Disgusting creeps. Let’s eat right in front of them during Ramadan.

  • nelson marans

    With disruptive anti-Israel and antisemitic rioting by a small but highly vocal organization the name of the university brings back memories of tragic moments. The town of York was noted for its massacre of its Jewish population. Certainly the bullying protesters have a connection to that past.

  • Emanuel

    Thank you nazi collaborator Lisa Duggan scum of the earth. Can’t you go help Hillary Clinton I hear bill assaulted some women who need to be further defamed and broken publicly.

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