Islamic State Apartheid Week coming to campus

Jewish Defence League to hold event to counter Israeli Apartheid Week


The Jewish Defence League of Canada has announced it will be hosting an event called “Islamic State Apartheid Week” in Toronto next week. Its stated goal is to “counter the campus lies against Jews and highlight the truth of Islam,” as well as “expose and confront the Israel bashers and Jew haters during IAW [Israeli Apartheid Week].”

Sounds like this all should go off without a hitch, no?

So far, it seems the program consists of protesting IAW events. The first gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, to protest a screening of “Jaffa the Oranges Clockwork,” which (to add another twist) is being sponsored by the Ryerson Student Union. Two more protests–one at the University of Toronto and another at York University–have been scheduled so far.

As of yet, just over 100 people have confirmed attendance on Facebook.


Islamic State Apartheid Week coming to campus

  1. About time somebody did something. Hopefully this will also be an international event spanning 55 countries. Yey!

  2. Congratulations to this Jewish Organization. It is nice to see thinking people actually doing what the students, educators, parents, attorneys and politicians do not have the moral fiber to do. However, I would state that the JDL should consider going one step further and outline to the public why these 50+ Islamic pseudo-states became “Apartheid States” in the first place? How did Islam expand from Arabia to submit and erase the previously more progressive and productive civilizations, peoples, cultures and religions from Asia to Spain? Personally, these Universities should host an Islam Apartheid Week event considering Islam, since December 623 Nakhla Raids, has continually proven through both deed, scripture and word that it is not a “religion of peace” but a theo-political construct under the guise of “religion” holding the goal of Global Islam. Dig up Charles Martel and ask him why he fought a Muslim Army at Tours in 732? Why the ancient Visigoth Church of Saint Vincent is a bloody Mosque? Ask the Jews of Grenada why they were massacred by Muslims in 1066? Ask Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos why he and thousands of other Christians lost their lives to Muslim Jihad in 1453 changing Constantinople to Istanbul and Saint Sophia, an incredible feat in Byzantine Architecture and marvel to Holy Christendom is today a bloody Mosque. Ask Vlad Tepes, “The Impaler”, both where he learned that technique and why he fought against a Muslim Army between 1456-1462? Ask the Venetian Generals and the Holy See why they fought a Muslim Army at Lepato in 1571? Ask the Hapsburgs why they fought a Muslim army at the Gates of Vienna in 1529? Ask Jefferson and Adams why they assembled the first American Navy to battle the Muslim States during the Barbary Wars 1801-1815? As the Armenians why hundreds of thousands were slaughtered by Muslims during Hamidian massacres, also referred to as the Armenian Massacres, of 1894–1896 and again in 1915? Ask the Lebanese Christian what happened to their Jewel of the Mediterranean and how their once Christian Democracy of Lebanon became another Jihad Islamic turd hole pseudo-state? I mean for gosh sakes, with all the “education” and “intellectuals” employed within these bastions of progressively enlightened, however mentally impoverished, psychological conditioning you’d think one might just take the time to actually read the Islamic texts and study Islamic history and compare the two while keeping in my base fact, logic, reason and perhaps some semblance of a moral compass? What happened to Canadian education? These institutions should be ashamed of themselves and their students should strongly consider exiting their programs, submitting a reimbursement claim, getting a free Library card and get a trade.
    Congratulations to these Jews for both standing up for themselves and hopefully setting the right step forward for the obtuse Canadian Christian community to find their Christian-ness and Canadian-ness to toss in both moral, financial and active support in confronting Islam expansionism and the Communist/Fascist/Socialist mind numbing rot highly active within Canadian Academia. “To find a Conservative in Canadian Academia today is like searching for a diamond in a toilet…” – Dr. S.S PhD.

  3. Interesting… Fighting fire with fire.

    Will it have the desired effect? Probably not. But at least the pro-Israel groups are no longer remaining quiet.

    Truthfully, IAW has no place on campus. However, as the saying goes, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth”.

    There’s free speech, and then there’s hatred. If it were “Constructive Dialogue Week on the Israeli-Palestine Conflict” then it belongs on campus, where people can be civil.

    However, it’s really just “let’s bash Israel week and demand it be destroyed forever” week. People who try to engage the organizers in constructive dialogue, which may not support their views, are belittled and attacked.

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  5. My best wishes to the JDL for their project. The JDL deserves applause for even trying. May their efforts be successful and spread from one campus to the next.

  6. The Jewish Defence League is pathetic, a small gang of thugs, loonies, retards and Zionist zealots on the losing side of history and international humanitarian law. Israel: Nearly 63 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. The “Jewish state” is an historical anachronism, a blip in history that will inevitably drown in a sea of Arabs. When this takes place (one million Israeli Jews have emigrated, immigration is less than a trickle and Palestinians already outnumber Jews between the Jordan Rive and the Mediterranean Sea), the region, the world and Jews everywhere will finally be free of the curse of Zionism, a 19th century settler colonialist exclusionary ideology.

  7. Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle to defeat apartheid, minister for intelligence in the current South African government and a devout Jew: “The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the “Jewish state”, and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid].” (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

    The U.S. State Department’s report on International Religious Freedom: “Arabs in Israel…are subject to various forms of discrimination [and the government] does not provide Israeli Arabs…with the same quality of education, housing, employment opportunities as Jews.”

    Adi Ophir, philosophy professor at Tel Aviv University: “…the adoption of the political forms of an ethnocentric and racist nation-state in general, are turning Israel into the most dangerous place in the world for the humanity and morality of the Jewish community, for the continuity of Jewish cultures and perhaps for Jewish existence itself.”

    Baruch Kimmerling, former George S. Wise Professor of Sociology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: “… Israel ceased being a true democratic state and became a Herrenvolk democracy… The laws of Israel have become the laws of a master people and the morality that of lords of the land.” (“Politicide: The real legacy of Ariel Sharon”)

    One of many examples of apartheid within Israel:
    Ha’aretz, Dec. 14/09: “Jewish town won’t let Arab build home on his own land ”
    Excerpt: “Aadel Suad first came to the planning and construction committee of the Misgav Local Council in 1997. Suad, an educator, was seeking a construction permit to build a home on a plot of land he owns in the community of Mitzpeh Kamon. The reply he got, from a senior official on the committee, was a memorable one. ‘Don’t waste your time,’ he reportedly told Suad. ‘We’ll keep you waiting for 30 years.’“

  8. The silence is deafening when it comes to speaking out against IAW. It started just a few years ago at our very own UoT. Now it’s spread to campuses all over the world. We could have and should have stopped it right here but we failed to act. I feel terrible for those students and professors who stand up for Israel or are religious Jews who stand out in a crowd. I have met numerous people who fall into either category who have been threatened and out right attacked for their beliefs. The mainstream, large Jewish organizations like the Cdn Jewish Congress have also been far too silent. We should thank organizations like the JDL, other Christian groups and individuals who attend events and rallies in support of Israel causes and against Israel apartheid voices. The students need our support, now more than ever.
    From Janet Peto to George Galloway, it’s okay to condemn Jews and Israel as long as it’s done academically.

  9. Academia has lost itself when it denies factually relevant history inorder to promulgate anti Semitism disguised in the myth of Apartheid Israel!

    History of “Apartheid South Africa:

    1651: Dutch settlers arrive in South Africa. In 1756, they import slaves from West Africa, Malaysia, and India, establishing the dominance of whites over non-whites in the region.

    1867: Diamond mining begins in South Africa. Africans are given the most dangerous jobs, are paid far less than white workers, and are housed in fenced, patrolled barracks. Oppressive conditions and constant surveillance keep Africans from organizing for better wages and working conditions

    1908: A constitutional convention is held to establish South African independence from Britain. The all-white government decides that non-whites can vote but cannot hold office”

    1910: The South Africa Act takes away all political rights of Africans in “three of the country’s four states.”

    1913: The Native Lands Act gives 7.3% of the country’s land to Africans, who make up 80% of the population. Africans are prohibited from owning land outside their region. Africans are allowed to be on white land only if they are working for whites.

    By 1939, fewer than 30% of Africans are receiving any formal education, and whites are earning over five times as much as Africans.

    Allegations of “Apartheid Israel”:
    The biblical King David of Israel was known for his diverse skills as both a warrior and a writer of psalms. In his 40 years as ruler, between approximately 1010 and 970 B.C.E., he united the people of Israel, led them to victory in battle, conquered land and paved the way for his son, Solomon, to build the Holy Temple. Almost all knowledge of him is derived from the books of the Prophets and Writings: Samuel I and II, Kings I and Chronicles I.

    Fast forward to :

    637, Caliph Umar conquered Hebron and turned the second-most prominent spot in Judaism, the Cave of the Patriarchs, into the Ibrahimi Mosque. (This was repeated by Saladin in 1188.)

    In 638, Caliph Umar conquered Jerusalem.

    In 691, Caliph Al-Malik ordered the _Dome of the Rock_ built on the most prominent spot in Judaism, the Temple Mount, followed by Caliph Al-Walid building the Al-Aqsa Mosque there in 705.

    From 1250-1517, Mamluk Muslims controlled the Golan Heights and used the ancient Synagogue of Katzrin as a mosque.

    1948-no Jews – to speak of- left in the “Moslem Lands”! New York Times


    In the 1950s, Muslims expelled Jews from Arab lands and turned synagogues into mosques. Algerian Muslims warred against French colonial rule till France pulled out in 1962, after which the Cathedral of St. Philippe was turned into the Ketchaoua Mosque. Violence against Jews caused 30,000 to flee and the Great Synagogue of Oran was turned into the Mosque Abdellah Ben Salem.

    In 1967 the “Palestinians make a claim of Nation hood on ancient Jewish land – never in the history of the world was there ever a Palestinian State or nation!

    Blacks of South Africa used “Historical entitlement – conquered in 1651-to justify getting their land back from Whites- Jerusalem- a Jewish city – was invaded by Muslims in 638- some 900 years before Whites invaded South Africa in 1651. Today Blacks have all of their lands lawfully returned to them based on a precedent of “historical entitlement”! In contrast Jews are denied the same rights that were afforded to Blacks based on the principle of “historical entitlement- Blacks were invaded in 1651- Jews were conquered by the Muslims in 637-638!

    Firstly, where and what is Palestine? Considering Factual Correctness, and reality for that matter, dictates there being only one logical, factual and reasonably substantiated answer concerning this overly bastardized region; never a “state” or a “country” or a “nation”, called Palestine. Sound logic, fact and reason acknowledge the truthful base that, in violation of International Law, 78% of this region was lobbed off on March 1921 made into an, Judenrein; Jew Free to use popular 1930s Academic Carter-Nazi racialist terminology, Arabian State called “Transjordan”; today the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in aforementioned racist and ethnic terminology, with the rest of the region, vanishing like a fart in the wind, on May 14th 1948 when Israel declared Statehood. The first UN recognized, illegal, unknown and totally failed attempt to a “Two State Solution” which the cunning Arab subsequently and cleverly turned down and the obtuse “ghettoized” Jews foolishly accepted.

    Therefore, since either date respectively, the only sane outcome today is there is no “Palestine”. For all intent and purpose it would do well to consider that with over 50, once non-Islamic, states to choose Jordan is Arabian “Palestine”.

    Lastly, specifically due to this region having never been a country, state or nation – anytime in Earth’s long history – one must logically, reasonably and factually conclude that any “nationality” is quite simply a-historical. A myth predicated on a lie. A lie that Moses, Jesus and Mohammad neither knew, met nor wrote about. There certainly was no “Palestinian People” during the years from Joshua’s entering Canaan between 1450–1370 BC to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan occupying the historical lands of Judea: the fabled ‘West Bank’ between 1948 and 1967. Therefore, not only does “Palestine” not exist today but the “Palestinian People” don’t either, thus correcting the title of this 1388 year conflict: “The Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine”.

    The curriculum at York University is modeled on the curriculum among “Palestinians”!

    Al-Fateh – The Hamas Web Magazine for Children:Indoctrination to Jihad, Annihilation and Self-Destruction”


    Al-Fateh is the Hamas movement‘s web magazine for children and youth. As an educational instrument of the Hamas, it provides broad insight into the movement‘s ideology and educational approach. The website‘s consistent educational message to its young readers mirrors that of the Hamas movement‘s ideology and includes scathing hatred, disdain, deligitimization and demonization of the ‗other‘ the West, especially the US and Europe, the Jews, Israel and Zionism – as well as a call for establishing an Islamic state in entire Palestine and the annihilation of the State of Israel through violent liberation of the land in jihad (holy war)

  10. Go back and climb into your hole. Your pea brain nitwit.

  11. @Leon: You’re referring to Jenny Peto.

    @Jennifer: At least tell me this. How is IAW constructive? How is it in the least bit beneficial? How is discouraging dialogue equally from both parties going to benefit the cause?

    Answer: It’s not.

  12. REALITY:


    Newsweek – Feb 27/11

    Europe’s Extreme Righteous
    Far-right European politicians find love—and common cause—in Israel.

    By Stefen Thiel


    “To the casual observer, the visiting Europeans at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial in the hills above Jerusalem, looked like any other foreign delegation. In the Garden of the Righteous Among Nations, where Gentiles who protected Jews are honored, they laid a wreath and posed for a photo before signing the visitors’ book with the solemn promise: ‘We will want to make sure that ‘never again’ really means never again.’

    “But these were no ordinary travelers with Zionist sympathies. Rather, on this trip to Israel were a Belgian politician known for his contacts with SS veterans, an Austrian with neo-Nazi ties, and a Swede whose political party has deep roots in Swedish fascism —unlikely visitors to pay their respects at Yad Vashem, perhaps, unless one considers the political currents in Israel and Europe, and the adage that one’s enemy’s enemy is one’s friend.”

  13. The awakening in the Arab world if successful or not is testimony to the fact that Islam ultimately will not be able to control the minds of young Arabs indefinitely. The internet has enabled the downtrodden Arab populations a chance to get a glimpse at an outside world where people can live with equal rights and free speech without the fear of reprisals. Where people can earn a decent living and provide for their families. Israel will be a guiding light for these people. Ironically it is the creators of face book have been so instrumental in this awakening and enlightenment phenomena. Amen

  14. “David”, if the JDL and Israel are so pathetic an insignificant, why are you following their progress and actions? Yashar Koach to all the JDL members for organizing these events.It gives the rest of us more hope and voice against the “David”s of this world. Good luck to you all!

  15. David, I admire your struggle to write your note. The narrow-mindedness,and venom displayed is truly worth a reptile, which you are. Am Israel Chi. Never Again!

  16. Rabbi Sassoon Kehdouri, Iraq’s Chief Rabbi for 48 years, speaking before the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry on Palestine: “Iraqi Jews will be forever against Zionism. Jews and Arabs have enjoyed the same rights and privileges for a thousand years and do not regard themselves as a distinctive separate part of this nation.”

    Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, also addressing the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry: “I would not like to do any injustice. The Muslim world has treated the Jews with considerable tolerance. The Ottoman Empire [of which the Arabs were a major part] received the Jews with open arms when they were driven out of Spain and Europe, and the Jews should never forget that.”

  17. Yediot Ahronot, July 1/10
    “Israeli Minister of Trade, Industry and Labor, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, says the world is tired of Israel…”

    “We’re not the ones maintaining a blockade. We’re blockaded, utterly isolated. We’re in a situation where the world is tired of us.

    “They’re tired of hearing our explanations, of showing empathy for our troubles, even if they’re real troubles. [The world is] Tired of understanding us. This business just isn’t working anymore. After 43 years, nobody wants to hear any more explanations about why this occupation is continuing and how we have nobody to talk to.”

  18. David, instead of just posting comments said by various people, why don’t you express your own beliefs and reply to some of the comments directed at you? Encourage dialogue, instead of one-sided nonsense.

  19. R. I get the message: The truth, i.e., from authoritative sources offends you and your ilk. As for my own “beliefs”, I expressed them in my first post: Israel is an exclusionary/ethnic-cleanser/expansionist/occupier/settler-colonialist/oppressor state and a well documented serial violator of hard-won international humanitarian law. The good news is that it is an historical anachronism, a blip in history. Zionism is entering its death throes. History, 21st century geopolitics and demographics are with the Palestinians and other Arabs. In 20-25 years: 3 billion Muslims worldwide (currently 1.75 billion); 700 million Arabs, including 10-12 million Palestinians between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. The implications for the foreign policy of the U.S. and the western world in general, especially regarding Israel, should be obvious to any thinking person. The handwriting is on the wall. Unfortunately, Israel refuses to read it. Time is running out. Justifiably, Israel is increasingly despised around the world and viewed as a pariah state.

  20. David states: “The Muslim world has treated the Jews with considerable tolerance.”

    Apparently, the sky is also green and the economy has never been better.

  21. A survey of the past 60 years has proven that not to be true. Muslim states banished hundreds of thousands of Jews in the late 40s. Since, Jews and Israel has been used as the proverbial scapegoat for everything and anything that had gone wrong in their countries. In the past year, Israel and Jews have been blamed for everything from jump-starting the current Arab revolts to killer sharks in the Red Sea.

  22. Brad

    I assume English is not your first language. I didn’t state: “The Muslim world has treated the Jews with considerable tolerance.” It was Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, while he addressed the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry on Palestine.

  23. Brad

    For your edification:
    Yehouda Shenhav, professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University of Jewish Iraqi heritage: “Any reasonable person, Zionist or non-Zionist, must acknowledge that the analogy drawn between Palestinians and Mizrahi [Arab] Jews is unfounded. Palestinian refugees did not want to leave Palestine….Those who left did not do so of their own volition. In contrast, Jews from Arab lands came to this country under the initiative of the State of Israel and Jewish organizations.” (Ha’aretz, 8 October 2004)

    Avi Shlaim, eminent Israeli historian born into an affluent and influential family in Baghdad: “We are not refugees, nobody expelled us from Iraq, nobody told us that we were unwanted. But we are the victims of the Israeli-Arab conflict.” (Ha’aretz, August 11, 2005)

    The late Yisrael Yeshayahu, Jewish Arab immigrant and speaker of the Knesset: “We are not refugees. [Some of us] came to this country before the state was born. We had messianic aspirations.”

    Shlomo Hillel, Jewish Arab immigrant and former minister and speaker of the Knesset: “I don’t regard the departure of Jews from
    Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists.”

    Ran Cohen, Jewish Arab immigrant and member of the Knesset: “I am not a refugee….I came at the behest of Zionism, due to the pull that this land exerts, and due to the idea of redemption. Nobody is going to define me as a refugee.” (Ha’aretz, 8/10/04)

    Also, any legitimate grievances Arab Jewish emigrants may have with Arab governments can be pursued through international law. It must be noted, however, that whereas the expulsion of over one million Palestinians from Palestine between late 1947 and 1967, was carried out by Jewish forces (Irgun, Sternists, Haganah) and the IDF, Palestinians played no role whatsoever in the departure of Jews from Arab countries. In short, apples and oranges.

  24. Let me tell you, childish personal jabs earn you a ton of credibility. I know you didn’t say it, but you sure brought it into the equation here. Restating a quote 65 years old that clearly does not apply is lazy and misinformative.

    20 some odd Arab states, and one Jewish state is too many. Some people are just so blinded by hate. The Arabs made the tactical blunder of the 20th century by refusing the deal offered in 1948. They’ll never see one like that again.

  25. David,
    Get your facts straight, you reptile.That was many, many moons ago. I come from one of those countries. Do you really think that people living so peacefully for so long would willingly uproot their families homes and communities, leave the gravesites of their grand and great-grandparents to the wills of empty-hearted beings,and risk losing centuries-old customs, all because they FELT SAFE? Are you seriously kidding? Tell that to my family and friends from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Morrocco, and best of all, good old Egypt. We won’t even mention the unbelievable amount of Jews that were plundered, murdered, raped, tortured and forcefully exiled from their homes Palestine by the Jordanians. Yes, what a lovely bunch of peace-loving friendly, and humanitarian Arabs.You cannot cover up the truth–not as long as we live and survive. And, make no mistake, with G-d’s will we always do. It’s people like you who eventually disappear. I wish to G-d that it will be in my lifetime to witness such a miracle. Am Yisrael Chai!

  26. Sada

    I am well aware that like that of Japanese Americans during WWII, the lot of Arab Jews deteriorated as a consequence of Zionism and its creation through force of arms, terrorism, massacres and intimidation of an exclusionary expansionist Jewish state in Palestine predicated on and due to the expulsion of the vast majority of the native Palestinian inhabitants. I am also familiar with the 1956 war, Israel’s first invaion of Egypt (in collusion with Britain and France), the Lavon Affair in Egypt, the Cohen spy affair in Syria, the 1967 war launched by Israel and a multitude of other horrors the “Jewish state” pepetrated against Palestinians and other Arabs, all of which led to problems between Jewish and Muslim/Christian Arabs. I am also aware of the fact that after expelling 800,000 Palestinians between late 1947 and the end of 1948 (350,000-400,000 were driven out before 15 May 1948 when Israel was proclaimed) the IDF bulldozed over 450 Palestinian towns and villages, including churches, mosques and cemeteries. Rape was a tactic frequently used by Jewish forces to terrorize the Palestinians. (BTW, Your accusation that Jordanian forces raped Jewish women in 1948 is not supported by the documented record, including the statements of Jewish notables who resided in East Jerusalem at the time.)

    Some good news: Thousands of Israeli Jews of Moroccan origin have returned to Morocco, their real homeland, where they are welcomed and prosper. With nearly one million Jews having already emigrated and more preparing to do so, it seems Israel is not the “promised land.” Ironically, given their despicable treatment in Israel, many survivors of the Holocaust are immigrating to Germany where they are treated much, much better at no cost.

    Face reality, get your head out of the sand: Palestinians are the dispossessed, the oppressed, the occupied, the brutalized, the victims and expansionist ethnic-cleanser Israel is their oppressor, their occupier, their victimizer.

  27. Brad

    Your response is pathetic. It only demonstrates that you have nothing of consequence to say. Some advice: Do some serious research. Seek out and study authoritative documented history texts written by internationally respected scholars.

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  29. The Arabs/Iran are building a false Myth.
    They will not be confused with real facts!
    Unfortunately some innocent people (or not?) from the west are joining the false chorus.
    By the Israel law and practice all citizens are:
    Equal by low—–Full political rights—-– Equals in universal human rights ––religious freedom––Citizens express freely––Women equality––Social rights equality–- study on same universities—- sharing the same medical treatment in hospitals- serves as judges and lawyers- play in the same sport clubs–share equally all public infrastructures– and more
    This is apartheid!!- it should be changed!!!
    It is the call of some so called human rights organization or democratic supporters!
    What s the status in Muslim countries?
    *Iran- more than 200 gays have been executed
    *Iran- Teachers were hanged up because teaching Bahai religion.
    *Iran Women low- Virgin women to be executed is raped by a guard ahead execution.
    *All over the Muslim countries: Christians are being persecuted and are under run.
    *Building or repairing of non Muslim shrines is either forbidden or severely restricted
    *Limited woman rights
    * Acceptable honor killing of doters and wife’s
    *People conversing from Islam to other religions may get by low death sentence
    * Political parties are either forbidden or limited.
    Iran- By low only Shia Muslim cab be president, army chief, judge.
    The call of some so called human rights organization or democratic supporters doesn’t blame, vote resolutions or demonstrate against Muslim countries.
    What is the definition of this behavior? Hypocrite!

  30. I think people should be free to protest if they like, but why didn’t this Macleans article look into exactly WHO the JDL are? They’re part of the Kahane movement, which is banned in Israel and was listed as a terrorist organization by the FBI. While reasonable people are free to protest IAW and enter into dialogue with the organizers if they choose, this event Maclean’s gave page space to isn’t a legitimate protest of IAW; it’s akin to a neo-nazi organization holding a white power rally to ‘counter’ a black history month event. Shame on Maclean’s for not doing your research.

  31. “it’s akin to a neo-nazi organization holding a white power rally to ‘counter’ a black history month event”

    They may be akin to a “neo-nazi organization” but it is hardly “akin” to “holding a white power rally to counter a black history month event”. I don’t see the parallel at all.

    The selective scorn that is heaped onto Israel, which despite its faults is in the middle of a sea of ostensibly “Islamic” states with some of the worst human rights records on the planet is one of the more mind-boggling instances of selective activism I’ve encountered.

    So yes the JDL may be a repugnant organization but the point that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones (or at least show some consistency in your stone throwing) is a valid point worth making.

  32. @Nora Samaran, this is not really the Macleans news section. It’s essentially a blog with featured students from across Canada along with one professor to talk about happenings on campus, and of general University-related news. With that said, take the article as is. I wouldn’t hold this one, or any others, to the same research standards as the primary news pages.

    With that said, I agree people have the right to protest where they please. However, Universities are a place of dialogue. Events such as IAW don’t encourage dialogue. They encourage hatred (towards Israel). Suggesting that we blacklist Israel from everything academically, economically, and likewise, is no different than the States disagreeing with the problems in Mexico, and just halting all relationships with them. You work with someone, they work with you. You deliberately attack someone, you can be sure they’re not going to work with you.

  33. Wow. If this is an example of discussion at the university level I’d say you weren’t getting good value for money. Someone may have taught you a lot of words and ideas but neither logic nor decency. It is clear none of you have ever attended an IAW event. As a person of some age who has attended several I know that I have not seen any attacks on Jews, nor heard any negative comments about Jews nor been pressent at anything that had any taint of racism or anti-semitism. In fact I have witnessed nothing except polite and thoughtful discussion, except a couple of times when a person who claims to have been in the IDF starts to yell at presenters and is asked to settle down. IAW in winnipeg is tame. I assume it is the same elsewhere. I would suggest you go to a meeting and see what is really said. Of course, nothing is so frightening as the truth you don’t want to hear.

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