Sometime you have to shake your head at real bonehead moves. One happened at York University last Wednesday. One wonders why any self-respecting university would allow an event headlined by reservists and soldiers from a military that has committed innumerable human rights abuses and war crimes — as recently as today — to proceed.
Herut Canada, the sponsoring organization is styled as the “Jabotinsky Movement” is a far-right Zionist organization committed “to redeeming the Jewish nation from exile and representing the people of Israel from all corners of the Diaspora.”
Anyone familiar with Zionism’s history and Jabotinsky’s role would anticipate trouble on the horizon. Ze’ev Jabotinsky was the moral and tactical godfather of Menachem Begin and the Netanyahu clan. We are talking far right, brutal and racist.
So here is Herut Canada sponsoring an evening November 20 at York University guaranteed to cause a ruckus. They brought on to the campus Israeli Defense Force (IDF) reservists who were going to teach the assembled “about the Arab-Israeli conflict.” I mean these are Israeli soldiers.
Talk about a red flag. What was the York University administration thinking?Even the mild mannered Jewish university group Hillel opted out of this provocative charade asking that it be cancelled
The IDF called the Israeli Massacre Forces by Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy (Haaretz, Apr 1, 2018). This is an army of occupation accused of innumerable war crimes. Levy who regularly tracks the IDF’s brutal behaviour consistently mocks “the most moral army in the world.“ After a particularly savage massacre during Passover last year he wrote:
“The killing of Palestinians is accepted in Israel more lightly than the killing of mosquitoes. There’s nothing cheaper in Israel than Palestinian blood. If there were a hundred or even a thousand deaths Israel would still “salute” the IDF.”
Herut knew what it was doing. This would be a major act of provocation especially now with many Palestinians and Muslim students attending what was formerly a very Jewish educational enclave. The fuse was lit and a melee ensued. Cops were called and Herut got what it wanted: another opportunity at crying “anti-Semitism.” Herut’s office makes it clear, a huge sign assuring us anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.
The usual Israel firsters erupted in their high dudgeon none of them eye witnesses John Tory, Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer pimping for credibility in the Jewish community.
Tory: “I am very disturbed by the apparent polarization and violence evident from the events of last night at York University. I have heard concerns from several Jewish groups in our city today. Anti-Semitism and violence is totally unacceptable.”
Ford: “I was shocked by the vile hatred that was on display last night at York University. I have been clear that there is no place in Ontario for racism and hatred. My caucus and I stand with the students at York University who had to endure this. I am disappointed that York University allowed for a hate-filled protest to take place last night at Vari Hall. I stand with the Jewish students and the Jewish community. There is no place in Ontario for racism and hatred.”
And Andrew Scheer: “I’m appalled by the intimidating scenes that occurred last night at York University. I unequivocally condemn the acts of antisemitism faced by the members of the Jewish community at the event. Nobody in Canada should feel unsafe because of their ethnicity.”
Worse than this by far was the pathetic response of Prime Minister as reported by Dimitri Lascaris.
Finally, Justin Trudeau got in on the act. On November 23, Trudeau tweeted that “violence & racist chants broke out against an event organized by the Jewish community at York University. What happened that night was shocking and absolutely unacceptable. Anti-Semitism has no place in Canada. We will always denounce it & all forms of hatred.”
Except one must add if its the racist State violence of the state of Israel’s Massacre Forces and I can curry favour with some in the Jewish community.
Herut played these pols perfectly and they reacted like the dupes they are – ill informed and playing to the more powerful Zionist politically craven politicians.
The board of Palestine House based in Mississauga formally and publicly warned York’s Ross McMillan, Director, Student Community & Leadership Development with what was at stake:
“As you may be aware, the Israeli military has been accused numerous times by the UN of human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Amnesty International’s reports on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories are clear on Israel’s human rights record. And Canada considers Israel’s occupation and settlements illegal.”
We must ask again – why is a university allowing an event headlined by active soldiers from an army that has committed innumerable human rights abuses and war crimes — as recently as this week — to proceed.
As far as violence went Dan Savage, an Israeli-born Canadian living in Vaughan wrote on Twitter while wearing a Trump “Keep America Great” hat:
“One of my boys knocked out one of their guys. He was out for like 10 minutes. The best thing that happened last night.”
The worst thing that happened last Wednesday at York University was politicians who have been knocked unconscious not for ten minutes but for years pontificating on matters they know nothing about.and that includes a stunningly uninformed Prime Minister.