Feb. 2, 2021
TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada and the Jewish community are loudly sounding the alarm about the University of Toronto’s failure to meaningfully address persistent complaints about the hostile atmosphere of antisemitism on its campus.
In a co-authored op-ed for the Toronto Star Tuesday morning, this point was addressed by Michael Mostyn, our Chief Executive Officer, along with Dr. Howard Tenenbaum and Dr. Stuart Kamenetsky, two U of T faculty members who have led community efforts on this issue for more than a year.
Many U of T faculty members and students have strongly supported these efforts. U of T has been the site of multiple antisemitism-related controversies in recent years, most notably an incident in which a union leader tried to reject a campus kosher food initiative. It is also the birthplace of the “Israel Apartheid Week” hatefests that have sparked many incidents of harassment against Jewish students across North America and beyond.
In support of the efforts of Dr. Tenenbaum and Dr. Kamenestsky, B’nai Brith Canada and other community leaders sent a letter to the university administration last summer outlining our concerns.
The community is still awaiting a meaningful response from the University of Toronto to address these concerns.