“people were throwing water bottles at us or decided to come to our booth and try to remove the Israeli flag or to remove pictures or posters of children, infants, elderly or anyone in between that is currently kidnapped and in Gaza”
The vile anti-Semitism we have been witnessing on American college campuses is also playing out at schools north of the border.
Students at Concordia University in Montreal set up a table exhibit calling for the release of hostages in Gaza and things got out of control quickly.
The Jewish Journal reports:
One Arrested, Three Injured in Confrontation Between Pro-Palestinian Protesters, Pro-Israel Students at Concordia University
One person was reportedly arrested and three were injured in a confrontation between pro-Palestinian protesters and pro-Israel students at Concordia University on Wednesday.
A series of videos of the confrontation, which happened in front of a table set up calling for Hamas to release the hostages, have gone viral on social media. The videos show the pro-Palestinian protesters chanting, “Free Palestine” and “Ceasefire Now” toward the Jewish students. One video appeared to show a female pro-Palestinian protester calling a Jewish student a “f—ing k—” and accusing the student of “pinkwashing.” Other videos appeared to show students shoving each and needing to be restrained and students in an apparent tug of war with an Israeli flag.
The Montreal Gazette reported that, according to Montreal police, a 22-year-old female student was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 54-year-old security guard; a 19-year-old security guard and 23-year-old student also sustained minor injuries in the clash, per the Gazette.
CTV News Montreal spoke to Concordia student Eitan Kovac, a witness to the clash, who said shortly after the table was set up, pro-Palestinian protesters began yelling at them. “People were seconds away from assailing others, throwing stuff,” Kovac told the outlet. “We had a few incidents where people were throwing water bottles at us or decided to come to our booth and try to remove the Israeli flag or to remove pictures or posters of children, infants, elderly or anyone in between that is currently kidnapped and in Gaza.”
This is so ugly.
She says “you fucking kike”
She didn’t say ‘Israel’
And she didn’t say ‘Zionists’
People are now saying what they’ve meant all along – they hate Jews.pic.twitter.com/5fZnlY1Ncq
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) November 8, 2023
This Twitter user claims to be the girl in the video:
Hi @GadSaad ! I'm the student that you keep reposting about which you and your colleagues are claiming as me saying a k-slur when I'm saying c*nt. You're directly part of the problem and circulating a video where people are calling for my information to be exposed and expulsion.
— Notcute (@H0rr0r101) November 10, 2023
Here’s more from the same incident.
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) November 8, 2023
Here, you can see “activists” taunting and threatening Jewish students with violence after a solidarity demonstration for the kidnapped in Gaza. One girl said, “We’ll see you after class, be ready.” pic.twitter.com/XlG9U6YHFX
— איתן (@YehudiGadol) November 8, 2023
This also happened at Concordia:
Montreal – November 8 – University of Montreal (UdeM) Professor Yanise Arab yells at a Jewish student in Concordia to “go back to Poland, sharmouta (wh*re)”. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/zYys9AtESf
— Documenting Antisemitism (@AntisemitismCA) November 9, 2023
The Montreal Gazette reports:
Meanwhile, Université de Montréal is analyzing footage from the altercation in which one of its lecturers, Yanise Arab, is seen yelling at someone.
UdeM spokesperson Geneviève O’Meara said the school is evaluating “what will be done next,” but would not provide further comment.
Arab is a lecturer in the history department, O’Meara said. According to his profile on the UdeM website, he teaches a course about resistance in the Arab world.
In light of this week’s incidents, the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations is also calling on educational institutions to take action to prevent violence and discrimination on campuses.
Yanise Arab’s page at the Université de Montréal website has already been taken down but here’s the archive:
This has apparently been a problem here for some time.
My hometown of Montreal has been a cesspool of antisemitic hate for decades. Despite some amazing professors like @GadSaad, @Concordia has always been ground zero for anti-Israel activism. They were rioting against Jews when I was a student there in the 90’s.
— Lawrence Muscant (@LawrenceMuscant) November 8, 2023
People are asking me why I chose to speak out on @Concordia now. To be very honest, I’m ashamed at myself for not being vocal sooner. I thought by moving to the US and building my career that I could leave my horrible experiences with antisemitism at Concordia in the rear view…
— Lawrence Muscant (@LawrenceMuscant) November 9, 2023
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