(August 11, 2022 / JNS) Officials from the Center of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal in Canada have written to leaders of two Montreal schools, McGill University and Concordia University, asking them to withdraw funding from student groups participating in an anti-Israel rally the low.
Groups—SSolidarity for Palestinian Human Rights McGill and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights Concordia – are among the local co-sponsors of the “Glory to our Martyrs” rally, the first of which took place Wednesday evening in Montreal.
Similar rallies are scheduled to take place in Vancouver (August 11) and Toronto (August 13), with another scheduled for Los Angeles on August 11 and Houston on August 14.
In a Facebook post promoting the event, members of the McGill solidarity group wrote: “Montreal-Emergency Demonstration to Honor the Martyrs of Gaza. Over the past few days, Zionist aggression has escalated, with more than 44 Palestinians dead and countless injured across Gaza.
They continued, “Despite ruthless attempts to break the collective Palestinian spirit, the last war has been dubbed ‘Unity on All Fronts’. It is in this spirit of unity that we call on the Montreal community to march against Zionist aggression and honor our martyrs,” adding that “until full liberation and return, the struggle continues.”
There is no mention of the 1,100 rockets fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip towards Israel from August 5-7, many of which missed their target, killing and injuring residents of the coastal enclave , including children.
In a letter to Vice-Chancellors of McGill University and Concordia University, FSWC Policy Director Jaime Kirzner-Roberts wrote: “We have seen SPHR clubs allude to supporting terrorism against Israel in the past, but never in such a blatant and chilling way. How is a Jewish student supposed to feel safe on campus when a group of students celebrate the terrorists who murdered Jews? »
She urged university administrators to “strip the SPHR [Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights] of its club status and right to use the name of the university in order to protect the safety of Jewish members of the community and to send a loud and clear message that hate speech and the glorification of violence are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated on campus.”