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BREAKING: McGill Student Union Demands Resignation of Anti-Israel Representative

Feb 17, 2017

Hasbara Fellowships Canada, the country's largest pro-Israel campus advocacy organization, today applauded a move by the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) for calling on Igor Sadikov, the representative whose recent social media post to "punch a Zionist today" garnered international attention.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Hasbara Fellowships Canada's legal team sent a legal letter, warning the SSMU of legal consequences of inaction, and demanding they call for Mr. Sadikov's resignation, as well as working with our students to file a police complaint and working with key university stakeholders.

According to an e-mail from the SSMU Executive Committee, "Councillor Sadikov’s actions were an incitement of violence and, for that reason alone, we have recommended that he resign from his position as a Director and as an Arts Representative to the Legislative Council." This wording mimics Hasbara Fellowships Canada's legal letter, which stated that Mr. Sadikov's words "constituted incitement to violence."

Robert Walker, National Director for Hasbara Fellowships Canada, said: "In the wake of the absolutely unacceptable post and lack of remorse from Mr. Sadikov, it was critical that the SSMU take corrective action, and by demanding his resignation, they are ackowledging the seriousness of what took place, as we expect them to continue to do."

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