Israeli Apartheid Week, staged on campuses all over the U.S. as well as Canada, usually with the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim Students Association, was always grotesque and based on the monstrous falsehoods churned out by the Palestinian propaganda industry and eagerly disseminated by the mainstream media. Now, after the brutal jihad murders of the Fogel family and the celebration of those murders by the savages in Gaza, it is something even worse than that. So Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney deserve props for speaking out. Is there any American official with the guts to do the same?
“Ottawa slams Israeli Apartheid Week,” by Sarah Boesveld, with files from Tamsin McMahon, for the National Post, March 11 (thanks to all who sent this in):
There is a growing Canadian backlash against Israeli Apartheid Week, the on-campus campaign to delegitimize Israel.
Yikes, a “backlash”! Hide the children! Are machete-wielding Canadians marauding through Muslim neighborhoods, slashing terrified hijab-wearing innocents? Are stone-throwing Canadians surrounding mosques, breaking windows and chanting anti-Muslim slogans?
Uh, no. The Immigration Minister issued a “strongly-worded statement.”
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney issued a strongly worded statement Friday, asking students to think twice before joining activities tied to the week, taking place across Canada and internationally this month.
The events, which seek to promote Palestinian human rights, are frequently “accompanied by anti-Semitic harassment, intimidation and bullying,” Mr. Kenney said, and are at times planned and promoted with disregard for the safety of Jewish students, professors and others on campus.
“These activities can cultivate an atmosphere exactly the opposite of one that is open to the free exchange of ideas and the development of the mind with the aid of facts and logic,” he said. Repeatedly singling out and condemning Israel year after year creates a “hateful environment” that “offends not only our sense of fairness, but also our core Canadian values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”
“Such scapegoating becomes yet another symptom of a worrying new acceptance of the vilification of Israel and of Jews around the world.”
At a Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Community fundraiser Thursday evening, Prime Minister Stephen Harper slammed anti-Semitism on Canadian campuses, saying the organized Israeli Apartheid Weeks had become increasingly sophisticated and “intellectually acceptable.”
“At one time, friends, we could”ve expected threatening behaviour toward Jewish students to be rejected in any form at institutions of higher learning,” he told a crowd gathered at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. “Unfortunately, it is now often the behaviour of the anti-Israeli mob that is allowed to prevail.”…
Israeli Apartheid Week is taking place in over 90 cities around the world this year, organizers say.