By Aidan Fishman
Campus Advocacy Coordinator
B'nai Brith Canada
Feb. 24, 2017
Igor Sadikov, the McGill student politician whose tweet calling to “punch a Zionist today” was first exposed by B’nai Brith Canada, has resigned from his post as a director of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU).
Sadikov remains a member of the SSMU’s Legislative Council, but faces an impeachment vote from that body on March 9, 2017.
In a statement released Feb. 23, Sadikov blamed his resignation on “the interference of the [McGill] administration,” who pressured the SSMU into having Sadikov removed. B’nai Brith had previously written to McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier on Feb. 10, urging her to compel the SSMU to take action against Sadikov.
“This is an important victory for Jewish and pro-Israel students and for tolerance in general at McGill,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.
“Principal Fortier should be applauded for her brave intervention in defence of human rights at McGill,” added Alan Adel of Montreal, who serves as National Chair of B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights. “Student associations are not above the law, and ought to face financial or legal consequences when they misuse their power to oppress segments of the student body that they claim to represent."