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January 1, 2017 9:04 am

New Report: Some of 2016’s Worst Antisemitic Activity Took Place on British, Canadian Campuses

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An SJP protest. Photo: Students for Justice in Palestine/Facebook.

An SJP protest. Photo: Students for Justice in Palestine/Facebook.

Some of the past year’s worst antisemitic activities took place at British and Canadian universities, according to a new report, released by a prominent international Jewish human-rights organization.

According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “2016 Top 10 Worst Global Antisemitic/Anti-Israel Incidents,” among the most distressing events of the past 12 months were the failure of UK school administrations to protect Jewish students, and attempts by activists at Toronto’s Ryerson University to derail a Holocaust education motion.

Citing a recent interview by British parliamentarian Baroness Ruth Deech — who, as The Algemeiner reported, decried that many institutions of higher learning have becoming “no-go zones” for Jewish students — the SWC wrote, “Antisemitism is so rife on campuses that some Jewish people are feeling threatened or unsafe.”

At the University of Manchester, for example, Jewish students were left “angry and fearful” in the wake of a successful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which they said “sprang out of nowhere.” In September, University of Exeter students were caught on camera wearing Holocaust-glorifying t-shirts at an off-campus party. And at Oxford, the co-chairman of the university’s Labour Club resigned over its members’ “problem with Jews.”

The worsening situation for the UK’s Jewish students, the SWC noted, comes against the backdrop of a heightened climate of antisemitism and anti-Israelis sentiment among members of the British Labour Party.

The SWC report also slammed Ryerson’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Muslim Student Association (MSA) for “torpedo[ing]” a motion presented before the student union (RSU) in early December to formally adopt “Holocaust Education Week,” despite the fact it had “nothing to do with the Israel-Arab conflict.” Jewish students told The Algemeiner that the disruption was a blatant act of antisemitism and “one step away from denial” of the Nazi genocide.

The motion was later passed by the RSU, despite calls by anti-Israel activists to change the proposed event to “All Genocides Education Week.”

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  • charlenehale

    Despite the murder and mayhem perpetrated by the Islamists such as Isil, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al Quada, Al Shabab, Al Nousra Front, the list goes on Hamas and co, opprobrium, vilification and slanderous lies are only targeted at the Jews albeit in the guise of anti Israel rhetoric, motions, etc. And let us not forget the treatment of Christians in places such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, in places like Sudan, Nigeria, etc. Of course the supposed intelligentsia and tomorrows leaders, movers and shakers fail to discern the common denominator. Is it because they are so morally blind and defunct of critical thought? Could it be worse, have they sold their souls to the holders of black liquid gold, thus are happy to ignore the Calipahte on the march? Therefore they support a movement which is supremacist, totalitarian, fascist, and does not believe in democracy and the rights of all men. Western unis today are not places of free thought and true education rather they are akin to the unis under Hitler and are places of indoctrination and supporters of fascism ….. Stupidity and mediocrity can be a ticket to success as long as you go along with the popular prevalent ideologies and stands, just look at the leader Corbyn for evidence for the dumbing down of the West and rise of fashionable fascism.

  • Justin St.Denis

    GReat Britain has always been anti-Semitic. Canada is merely a colonial reflection of its British overlords. The USA, on the other hand, fought the Britishinfluence and ousted the Brits. This is why the USA and Americans back Israel so much more heartily than Canadians and Brits.

  • The heart and soul of Islam.

    Sahih Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

    The unspoken reality of the 1,400 year old obsession by loud mouth Muslims.

  • eblinick

    Universities are bastions of Anti-Semitism. The ‘humanities’ anyways. The engineers are usually too busy with their geometry and algebra. It is not just anti-Semitism. In the name of politically correct ‘safe-zones’ universities are anything but safe for anyone who disagrees. The only places in the West where discourse is not allowed or encouraged.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    “Antisemitism” is always one of the most popular topics for an article. The reason is that antisemitism, not Judaism, has become the centerpiece of Jewish identity. The sad message is that, without antisemitism and other perceived threats such as anti-Israel activism, most people would cease to identify as Jews.