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Hasbara Fellowships Legal Task Force Demands Resignation of McGill Student Government Representative

Feb 12, 2017

Ben Ger
President, Students' Society of McGill University
3600 rue McTavish, Suite 1200
Montreal, QC H3A 0G3

 

Dear Mr. Ger:

We write to you on behalf of concerned McGill University students who are shocked and unsettled by the recent reported events on your campus.

As you may know, the majority of Jewish students across Canada have a deep love for and connection to their ancestral homeland: the State of Israel. Further, these students have come to learn all too well that antisemitic sentiment is increasingly cloaked in anti-Zionist rhetoric on university campuses.

The reported online conduct of anti-Israel agitator and disgraced representative from the Arts Undergraduate Society to the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), Igor Sadikov, has sent shockwaves through the Jewish and pro-Israel student community. Sadikov’s reported tweet, “Punch a Zionist today” and subsequent comments have raised serious concerns about the safety, security and well-being of Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus and has served as a stark reminder that the promise of an inclusive academic environment largely does not extend to supporters of the Jewish State. We have also received recent reports that a Jewish  member of the Legislative Council was threatened with impeachment for her support of the Jewish State and that the SSMU leadership responded with silence.

This conduct is unacceptable and SSMU’s failure to meaningfully respond to its constituents’ concerns raises serious questions about its stated commitment to inclusivity. To this end, we draw your attention to the provisions of SSMU’s Constitution, which requires SSMU to perform its duties without discrimination on the basis of, among others, race, national or ethnic origin or religion. Further, we bring your attention to Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, which also prohibits discrimination and harassment on such grounds.

Our view is that SSMU, as the official representative body of McGill University students, has a duty to investigate these matters immediately and to take concrete, substantive steps to ensure the safety, security and well-being of all students at McGill University.

 

Robert Walker
National Director
Hasbara Fellowships Canada
rwalker@hasbarafellowships.org

 

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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