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Open Anti-Semitism on Display at Ryerson University

Nov 30, 2016
Hasbara Fellowships Canada Legal Task Force Contacts Ryerson Student Union President About Overt Anti-Semitism

There is no question that Israel, like any country, is subject to legitimate criticism and debate. But sometimes events take place on campus are unmasked for what it they are: anti-Semitism.

Last night (Nov 29), at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Ryerson Student Union (RSU), a Jewish student put forward a motion asking Ryerson's student government to commemorate Holocaust Education Week.

At the meeting, which was attended by a number of Hasbara Fellows, a number of other students started peppering Jewish attendees with anti-Semitic slurs and statements, which was followed shortly thereafter by a mass walkout from the room, preventing the vote from taking place.

"Today anti-Israel activists let their guard down," according to Robert Walker, National Director for Hasbara Fellowships Canada. "Today we saw concrete proof that for many students, there really is a core anti-Semitic hatred of Jewish students."

According to Aedan O'Connor, a Hasbara Fellow who was present at the meeting, Jewish students who were present were horrified at what they saw. "I wish I could say that that I am aghast or distressed. But I could not muster the tears that were falling from my friends' faces."

Hasbara Fellowships Canada is the country’s largest pro-Israel campus advocacy organization, founded in 2001. It assists students in telling the truth about Israel on universities and colleges across the country, as well as providing resources to help combat anti-Israel propaganda. 

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