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It’s Time to Hit the Reset Button at York University

This week, our community was exposed to yet another act of antisemitism at York University. According to reports, high school students who had journeyed to campus for an anti-racism workshop, including many from the heavily-Jewish Westmount Collegiate Institute in Thornhill, Ont. were told that discrimination against Jews is not a topic worthy of conversation, while …

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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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York Student Union’s Condemnation of Antisemitism the Most Pathetic in History

Earlier this month, swastikas and hate graffiti were discovered in a lecture room at York University, an incident currently under investigation by the Toronto Police Service as “mischief.” In response, York came out with recycled statements about tolerance and how York remains a “safe and respectful environment” – even considering the “often politicized atmosphere.” Jewish groups also unequivocally condemned …

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Antisemitic Bomb Threats Strike York’s Glendon Campus

March 22, 2017 By Aidan Fishman and Marty York Campus Advocacy Coordinator | Chief Media Officer B’nai Brith Canada Buildings at York University’s Glendon College Campus were evacuated Wednesday after a bomb threat targeted the Jewish community. This followed a similar incident that took place Tuesday. “There have been seven incidents at Glendon altogether since March 8,” Toronto …

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York U Vows to Stop Circulation of Antisemitic Publication

York University has vowed to stop the circulation of Your Ward News – a publication deemed by various human rights groups as antisemitic, racist and homophobic – after copies of it were widely distributed on York’s Keele campus. A spokesperson at the York University President’s Office told B’nai Brith Canada that it “will take appropriate steps to …

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B’nai Brith Complaint Leads to Dismissal of York University Staff Member

By Aidan Fishman Campus Advocacy Coordinator B’nai Brith Canada York University has dismissed an employee following an investigation into his antisemitic social media use. Nikolaos Balaskas, a long-time lab technician in York’s Department of Astronomy and Physics, was the subject of a B’nai Brith Canada complaint to the university’s administration on Aug. 22. CIJNews reported …

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An Open Letter to Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, President of York University

An Open Letter to Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri, President of York University As community organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Jewish students on campus, and advocating for the Jewish community, we read your recent statements in the Canadian Jewish News (CJN) and the National Post with great interest. We were disappointed to see …

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