MEDIA RELEASE: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Condemns McGill Student Union for Condoning Violence Against Jews; Advocates Dissolution of Student Council

February 14, 2017

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      Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Condemns McGill Student Union for Condoning                                          Violence Against Jews; Advocates Dissolution of Student Council

February 14, 2017 – Toronto:
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) condemns the Student’s Society of McGill University (SSMU) Board for supporting a student leader who advised his Twitter followers to “punch a Zionist;”  the SSMU  yesterday rejected a motion to remove him from the board, while targeting a Jewish student who called the remarks hateful.

“McGill University must end the practice of turning a blind eye to growing hostility and calls for violence against Jews. It is outrageous – particularly given the tragic events at the Quebec City mosque just a few short weeks ago, that violence against a minority group is not only tolerated, but supported by McGill student leaders,” said FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo.  “In the absence of a concrete response, this promotion of antisemitic hatred appears to be tacitly permitted by the university administration. Advocating violence against any other group would be fiercely condemned by all parties, yet when Jewish students are the target, there is a deafening silence,” he added.

FSWC calls on the McGill administration to take charge of this dangerous situation, to dissolve the antisemitic SSMU, to offer support for Jewish students who are victimized on campus, and to launch an immediate investigation into the culture of ingrained anti-Jewish hatred at McGill.

 

Media Contact:
Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32 / sstarkman@fswc.ca
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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at www.fswc.ca
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