Thursday, March 5, 2015
University of Toronto department partners with terror-supporting, anti-Semitic group
The Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism and Canada's Prime Minister have explicitly stated that those applying double standards to Israel, denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination by attempting to delegitimize and boycott the Jewish State as a "racist endeavor," and slandering it as an "apartheid state" are engaging in antisemitism.
The so-called "Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East" (CJPME) is one such group. Though they vehemently deny their efforts to demonize the Jewish state is antisemitic, with all the atrocities going on in the world, and when Israel is surrounded by the worst human rights abusers on the planet, the one country they expend efforts to boycott is Israel. Yet the fact remains that while its survival is threatened by neighboring dictatorships against whom it is technically in a state of war, Israel remains the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. It is the only country in the region where Christian and other religious minorities are not persecuted, and are allowed complete religious freedom, and is the only middle eastern country that guarantees rights for its LGBT population.
The CJMPE would probably deny they support terrorism. Yet I attended an event they co-sponsored in 2012 featuring a talk by a vicious anti-Israel activist by the name of Eva Bartlett. At her CJMPE-sponsored talk, she made the point of saying that "violent resistance is legitimate." The "violent resistance" to which Ms Bartlett referred included the terrorist group Hamas' indiscriminate missile attacks on of Israeli civilian centers, which, by definition, is terrorism.
Though the hypocritical activities of groups like CJMPE make them self-discrediting and unworthy of serious consideration, what is disgraceful is that a publicly funded institution like the University of Toronto would try to lend legitimacy to such an organization by partnering with it.
Disgraceful, but no surprise.
The anti-Semitic jamboree know as "Israeli Apartheid Week" was a creation of the University of Toronto.
Fortunately, its moment has mostly passed and will go largely ignored, with good reason. With ISIS lobbing off heads of unbelievers and raping and murdering Christians, the campaign to vilify Israel for trying to protect its public from terrorism while struggling to negotiate with an intractable, dishonest Palestinian leadership has been relegated to a small, core group of pompous halfwits and moral insects.
Unfortunately, some of those disreputable individuals hold influence at the University of Toronto, and its Department of Near and Middle East Civilizations is partnering with CJMPE to present a talk to coincide with the "Israeli Apartheid" hatefest.
A sample of what goes on at U of Toronto's Department of Near and Middle East Civilizations can be gleaned from a symposium conducted by their Graduate Association at the plush, but superannuated Faculty Club last month. One of the symposium's sessions, on "Community, Identity & Diaspora," was chaired by an internationally notorious, bloodthirsty anti-Israel fanatic named Noa Shaindlinger.
That notoriety was achieved through a number of her social media postings when the supposed "peace activist" proclaimed her pleasure about the deaths of Israelis, and her glee about a Molotov cocktail being hurled at an Israeli soldier.
The English commentator Pat Condell recently compared such supposed "peace activists" to Nazi collaborators. It's hard not to agree with him, and seeing the University of Toronto turn into an enabler of such moral bankruptcy is a sad indictment of what often passes for 'higher learning' at that institution.