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Tolerating Violence Against Jews on Campus
by Richard L. Cravatts
In a country where multiculturalism has a reverent following and criticism of protected minorities has essentially been criminalized as "hate speech," it is more than ironic that on some Canadian campuses radical students have taken it upon themselves to target one group, Jewish students, with a hatred that is nominally forbidden for any others. And with a recent incident that took place at the beginning of February, York University in particular, has now revealed a troubling pattern of tolerating physical and emotional assaults by pro-Palestinian radicals against Jewish students and others who dare to demonstrate any support for Israel or question the tactics of Islamists in their efforts to destroy the Jewish state.
At a February 1st event, Hasbara Fellowships at York University, with the permission of the University, had set up a table to inform interested students about Hezbollah-kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit as part of Hasbara's ongoing campaign called "Free Palestinians from Hamas." Typically, York's outspoken and volatile pro-Palestinian students were less than willing to let such benign sentiments be aired, and, according to Hasbara's co-president, Tyler Golden, demonstrated their displeasure by surrounding the table in an angry mob of some 50 activists, spewing forth anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs at the Jewish students.
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