Another anti-Semitic incident took place in a Canadian university Thursday when over 100 anti-Israel activists surrounded a campus building belonging to the Jewish student club ‘Hillel’ at York University, Toronto. The activists pounded on office doors while yelling out racial slurs. Campus security was forced to alert police to restore order and the latter demanded that the offices be shut down. An anti-Israel march is also scheduled for Friday, and ‘Hillel’ leaders have called on Jewish students to arrive with Israeli flags in order to show support for the country. But anti-Semitism also took its toll outside of the campus. A Jewish student reported receiving a phone call during which an unidentified person threatened his life and those of his family members if he were to continue his pro-Israeli activities in the university.
Here’s a first hand account from one of the students inside. I wouldn’t even have found it except I did a second search after coming across that “the [police] demanded that the offices be shut down” thing. Turns out that’s 100% true – because the police didn’t have the time to protect the Jewish students. Unbelievable:
The students outside of the Hillel were shouting louder their anti-Israel slogans and banging on the floor and walls so hard that the lights outside the Hillel were flickering. As the students in Hillel began to grow uneasy and the feeling of being safe was diminishing, York security was called in to try and help break up the crowd but as any student who has been to York knows, the campus security is severely limited on the force that they can use and they were unable to break up the crowd. And, as a result we were encouraged by Hillel staff to call the Toronto Police to help disperse the crowd. Some students who had the local non-emergency number called that one but as panic was setting in with other students some called 911 as they were truly scared for their safety. Just as Toronto Police were arriving on campus, one pro-Palestinian student stood at the glass door of the Hillel, visible to the students in the Hillel, with his Kaffeiyah scarf pulled all the way up to his eyes. This is a tactic used by terrorist organizations such as Hamas and al-Qaeda to intimidate others, and quite frankly I was completely taken off-guard by the sight of this student and at that point fear began to trickle into me as well. This is something that goes beyond free speech and being anti-Israel and is tantamount to racism and discrimination. As the police arrived they stated that in a situation like this there is nothing they can do as they did not feel that there was an actual threat of violence, however, it was their belief that the possibility remained. They then told us that because they could not stand watch at the door all night, that it was highly recommended that we vacate the lounge immediately and they would assist us with safe passage through the crowd so as to prevent anything from occurring. And as 20 Jewish student walked single file through this unruly mob, they were pointing, laughing and chanting that we were “Racists on Campus!”
This is the same country where it’s in-bounds to compare Jews to Nazis – but where the same charge leveled against these genuine modern-day Nazis would end with a trip to the Star Chamber. And it’s the exact same city where calls to wipe Israel off the planet are treated as mere anti-Zionism:
Condemnations from ostensibly moderate Canadian Muslim leaders have been less than forthcoming. Which is also weird, because there’s no way that all of them are too busy recruiting for Al Qaeda.
UPDATE: I see from the referrer list that I’m being accused of “falsifying history” by an intrepid progressive blogger and his fightin’ fightin’ band of investigative commenters. So just for the record: the generic “antisemitism” image that I used in the headline – the one of a little girl holding up a sign on a sunny day – is not from the winter twilight quasi-pogrom conducted by college students on a Toronto campus. You caught me.
* An eyewitness account of this week’s aggressive intimidation of Jewish students at York University [National Post]
* Good news: Canadian school deputizes RA’s to police students for political incorrectness [Hot Air]
* Member of Canadian Islamic Congress Suffers From Analogy Creep [Daled Amos]
* Canada: "I Want Hezbollah to Wipe Israel off the Planet, Inshallah"…. [Zippers]
* Canada’s Star Chamber dismisses hate crime complaint against Mark Steyn [Hot Air]
* Shocka! Moderate Canadian Muslim Leader Shows Up In AlQaeda Propaganda Video [Jawa]
* Canada: Citizens Who Visit Israel Not Really Worth Defending
* Blame Canada
* Austrian Jews Too Terrified To List Their Children As Jewish (Plus: Europe Reaches An Anti-Jewish Tipping Point)