While the storm on the DROP YFS press conference was all over international news, that was unfortunately not the end of it. Things have been getting worse. I recommend that if you didn’t read that article, then you read it now. It provides essential background info on the situation.
Anyways, since then, the YFS (York student government) planned a rally which was branded as the ‘Unity Rally’. According to their advertisements, it was supposed to:
- Oppose hate and oppression in all forms
- Fight for accessibility of education
- Support fair working conditions and wages
- Stand up for ALL students’ rights
Anyone who was there knows that by hate and oppression they actually meant all hate except for jew-hating, and by fair working conditions they meant that they support the militant union, and again, by stand up for ALL students, they really meant stand up for all students who agree with their left-wing ideology and hate Israel.
In a message the organizers sent out they said the following, which just shows you the complete fallacy of this whole left-wing notion of tolerance and universal acceptance:
“This is just a reminder of the rally tomorrow at 12:30pm in Vari Hall. It is a Unity rally, and therefore accepts anyone and everyone who wants to participate, as long as they participate within an anti-oppression framework.“
When you are explicitly excluding people, then how can you have unity? When ‘Students Against Israeli Apartheid’ is one of the sponsoring groups, how can you claim to be including all students? For god’s sake, the word AGAINST is in their name!
Anyways, the rally attracted around 100 people and as expected quickly degenerated into an anti-Israel hate fest with chants of ‘Zionism is racism’ and ‘Free Free Palestine!’. As soon as the rally was over, organizers put up the Israeli Apartheid Wall and disseminated hate propaganda for the next few hours.
But enough about this pathetic rally. A few days after the rally, two members of hillel were at school and one of the members of the iranian students association came up to them with his keffiyah, pulled it tight around his neck, and said something along the lines of “This is what is going to happen to you and to Israel”. This is only a few weeks after a Jewish student received anonymous phone calls threatening harm to him and his family. A complaint has been filed to security, but what are they gonna do? It doesn’t take long before words turn into actions.
And in the midst of all of this, York University president Shoukri (yes, a Muslim), has done absolutely, not even make a statement. People have e-mailed him, and his responses are pathetic:
“We call upon every member of the York community to live up to our historic commitment to social responsibility, equity and fairness in our dealings with each other. It is imperative not to let our own opinion – however sincerely held – be the tool with which we attempt to oppress, alienate or silence others.”
What the hell does that mean? Who is oppressing who? I don’t know about any muslims or pro-palestinians being threatened on campus? Why can’t he just call a spade a spade and condemn the ANTI-JEWISH hostility?
University workers in the Canadian Union of Public Employees have passed a controversial motion calling for an academic boycott of Israel, and union members from at least one Toronto university are planning to pressure their school to cut any financial ties with the country.
Although the motion didn’t call for a boycott of individual Israeli academics – as some union members had suggested last month – it encourages union locals to publicly discuss boycotting Israeli universities and to push Canadian universities to end any research or investments that could benefit the Israeli army.
Members of Jewish organizations say the motion sets a dangerous precedent by singling out Israel and vow to keep fighting it.
Delegates representing university workers in CUPE’s Ontario branch, which represents 200,000 government and other public sector workers, voted on the motion at a meeting in Windsor.
It’s comforting to know that there are at least 200,000 anti-Semites in my province.
So that’s it for now… stay tuned for more updates. Israel Apartheid Week is coming up and needless to say, it’s going to be interesting.