Cam­pus has no room for hate

The Canadian Jewish News (Montreal) - - Letters To The Editor -

Mcgill Univer­sity stu­dent Igor Sadikov con­tin­ues his hate­ful rhetoric against Jews fol­low­ing up on his call to “Punch a Zion­ist” (“Stu­dent leader faces dis­ci­pline for ‘punch a zion­ist’ tweet,” Feb. 16). It’s time to ex­pel this per­son from the univer­sity.

While Mcgill may con­demn his rhetoric, it’s just a slap on the wrist. When the univer­sity does noth­ing it gives him per­mis­sion. This is not free­dom of speech.

Drill down to the ba­sics of Sadikov’s in­cite­ment to com­mit vi­o­lence. Who cares about the de­bate as to what “Zion­ism” means. That’s ir­rel­e­vant.

And the fact that there was a meet­ing of the Stu­dent So­ci­ety of Mcgill Univer­sity is also ir­rel­e­vant.

How­ever, the fact that Zion­ists are Jews is to­tally rel­e­vant. It’s anti-semitic and ab­hor­rent. En­cour­ag­ing any­one to punch any­one else in the face is a crim­i­nal of­fence.

Where does the buck stop when it comes to safety, moral­ity, code of ba­sic con­duct and val­ues?

When is Mcgill prin­ci­pal Suzanne Fortier go­ing to pro­tect the com­mu­nity of stu­dents on cam­pus who are clearly fear­ful for their well-be­ing?

Judith Henderson West­mount, Que.

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