Open Letter to Queen’s University Concerning Israeli Apartheid Week

March 8, 2018


Office of the Principal
Queen's University
351 Richardson Hall
74 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

March 8, 2018

Dear Principal Woolf,

I am writing regarding the upcoming ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ scheduled to take place next week at Queen’s University. As an organization dedicated to promoting tolerance and countering hate, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is troubled to see this discriminatory campaign being hosted at a Canadian academic institution. 

Israeli Apartheid Week presents a one-sided viewpoint aimed at vilifying and demonizing Israel, the Middle East’s only liberal democracy. This event spreads division through anti-Israel propaganda and has historically left Jewish and Israeli students feeling targeted and unwelcome in a place where they should otherwise feel safe, nurtured and secure. 

Principal Woolf, we at FSWC encourage the leadership of Queen’s University to reject Israeli Apartheid Week and take a stand against anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred. Let’s make our university campuses a respectful and tolerant environment for all students.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of our concerns.


Avi Benlolo 
President & CEO 
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

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