University of Toronto

Second Student Leader Resigns amid Antisemitism Controversy

Jan. 26, 2021 TORONTO – A second University of Toronto graduate student executive has resigned over fallout from opposition to a campaign to increase access to kosher food on campus. In a resignation letter dated Jan. 19, 2021, Ben Hjorth, the Executive-at-Large of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), lamented an ongoing investigation into “an …

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Thomas Cromwell and Valentina Azarova - PATRICK DOYLE / TORONTO STAR, TWITTER

B’nai Brith Provides Submission to U of T Inquiry

December 16, 2020 TORONTO — Thomas Cromwell, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, has been appointed by the University of Toronto to inquire into the controversial events surrounding the decision not to hire Valentina Azarova as the head of the Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP). Over the past few months, B’nai Brith Canada …

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Antisemitic Graffiti Strikes Four Canadian Campuses

April 7, 2017 By Aidan Fishman Campus Advocacy Coordinator B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – Over the past week, Jewish students have discovered either disturbing antisemitic graffiti or vandalism at four separate university campuses across the country. The first incident came on March 30 at York University in Toronto, where a large swastika and the world “heil” …

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Message to U of T: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By Marty York Chief Media Officer B’nai Brith Canada In response to recent antisemitic vandalism on campus, the University of Toronto reiterated in a news release Thursday that it deplores “abhorrent acts” of antisemitism and will support those affected. The question, however, is what will the university do to prevent further acts of antisemitism on campus? B’nai Brith …

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B’nai Brith Canada Concerned About Antisemitic Graffiti at U of T

B’nai Brith Canada is concerned about antisemitic graffiti at the University of Toronto after a spate of swastikas defacing university property was discovered on its St. George and Mississauga campuses. However, in response, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) released a statement condemning the acts of vandalism, which B’nai Brith spokesperson Amanda Hohmann, National Director of …

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U of T bans group for inviting a Holocaust denier to speak on campus

U of T bans group for inviting a Holocaust denier to speak on campus After a condemnation from B’nai Brith following a notorious Holocaust denier and conspiracy theorist’s lecture at the University of Toronto’s JJR Macleod Auditorium on April 29, 2016, the university responded by banning Modern Knowledge, the promotional group which brought O’Keefe to campus, from …

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U of T Bans Group Responsible for Bringing in Neo-Nazi

B’nai Brith Canada applauds a decision by the University of Toronto to ban a group that recruited neo-Nazi Ken O’Keefe to speak at its St. George campus in late April. B’nai Brith expressed outrage in a press release May 9 that O’Keefe was allowed to deliver hateful and antisemitic lectures at the Beit Zatoun Palestinian cultural …

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Neo­-Nazi Ken O’Keefe Spreads Hatred at U of T – B’nai Brith Canada

Neo­-Nazi Ken O’Keefe Spreads Hatred at U of T B’nai Brith Canada is expressing outrage over hateful and antisemitic lectures delivered by Ken O’Keefe at the Beit Zatoun Palestinian cultural centre and the University of Toronto on April 28 and 29. These lectures occurred just days before Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day,  which commemorates the 6-million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. “O’Keefe represents a type of virulent and murderous antisemitism not usually heard in  Canada’s public spaces,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.  “He propagates the malicious lie of Jewish control over the media, government, judicial system  and financial sector, and even accuses Jews of assassinating former U.S. President John F.  Kennedy and staging the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Worst of all is his deplorable claim that Jews  invented the Holocaust in order to ‘steal Palestine from the Palestinians’. “The University of Toronto and other Canadian post­-secondary institutions have strict rules  against facilitating hate speech, and with good reason. How can Jewish students, staff or faculty  work safely on campus when a neo-­Nazi is allowed to spout lies and hatred against them just  down the hallway? We demand an investigation by the University of Toronto into this incident. “We believe that O’Keefe’s actions may contravene the hate speech provisions of the Criminal Code,  and B’nai Brith is following up with law enforcement in order to see him brought to account. We  will be providing our file to the Toronto Police.” Examples of hate speech from O’Keefe’s April 29 address at the University of Toronto (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3r8m8KyIEg):(page doesn`t exist anymore) 15:03 – Jews control the corporate world, the bank sector, Hollywood, the mass media, the Supreme Court, the …

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