• David Cohen

    Nice article! Good work McMaster students!

  • Rebecca Cherniak

    Kol HaKavod to Sean and Lindsay! Thank you for explaining to our community that McMaster is a fabulous place to learn and to be Jewish. Proud to be a Mac alum!

  • Tyler Levitan

    The headline appears to be very misleading. What exactly is the “anti-Semitic activity” going on at McMaster U? Supporting the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against an apartheid regime that is singled out for praise by our shameful government is not at all anti-Semitic– it is in fact a strong moral position. Equating the state of Israel with Judaism, if anything, is anti-Semitic, because it equates a modern political entity with a centuries-old religion and cultural identity, that for the very large majority of Jewish history, did not depend on settler-colonialism for its identity. I’m Jewish and I’m opposed to Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. I think that boycotts are a legitimate non-violent tactic to put pressure on Israel– a country that considers itself above the law. The CJN should have higher standards than to allow for the libellous charge of anti-Semitism to be used against students who have heeded the call from Palestinian civil society. The Palestinians are an oppressed and occupied people who have every right to protest Israel’s apartheid rule over them. Claiming that this form of non-violent resistance is anti-Semitic is highly offensive to both Palestinians, and to Jews who have suffered under real anti-Semitism– who have been victimized and oppressed simply for being Jewish. Using the ‘anti-Semitism’ card to fend off criticism of Israel is an age-old tactic to deflect attention away from the real issue here: Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. Everyone can see through it, so please stop doing it.

    • NorthernEagle

      Why don’t you just go join Hamas/Hezbollah/PLO. You’ve got all their lies down pat:

      Ethnic Cleansing
      Apartheid
      Occupation
      Oppressed
      “using” anti-Semitism to stifle

      Blah, blah, blah. You understand zippo, self-hater.

    • shloime

      “criticizing israel” using every lie in the book DOES make you an anti-semite, so deal with it. and go collect your pay for spamming another jewish site with your libels.

      • Tyler Levitan

        You can’t refute anything with facts and neither can the Zionist organizations that continue to make apologies for a racist apartheid regime, and who censor voices that do have the courage to speak out. You can level insults all you like; they won’t stop me. All it does is show the moral bankruptcy of your side– the side that supports systematic human rights violations and the permanent oppression of another people, simply because they weren’t born Jewish.

  • Helen200k

    Tyler Levitan’s posts should identify him as an employee of the anti-Zionist fringe group Independent Jewish Voices. With about 500 members across Canada, this group represents about 1/10th of 1% of Canadian Jews.

    • NorthernEagle

      He’s not just anti-Zionist, he’s anti-Jewish. You can’t have one without the other.

      • justme

        deep down you know that you can’t have one without the other 🙂

    • Tyler Levitan

      Helen- while we might be a fringe group within the Jewish community, our views are certainly not on the fringe. More and more Canadians and people all over the world are seeing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as despicable, and understanding that boycotting Israel is the only option available for those of us in civil society who refuse to allow Israel to continue its ethnic cleansing of Palestinians with impunity. And an increasing number of Jews are seeing this too, despite Israel’s attempts to paint itself as the eternal victim, as it exploits historical Jewish suffering as a way to justify its unethical treatment of the Palestinians. One of the reasons why IJV has this number of members is because we’re a relatively young organization– we’ve only been around for 6 years. We’re also banned across the country from having our events at Jewish Community Centres and synagogues, because the Zionist leadership of the mainstream Jewish community is terrified of people discovering the truth. Even the CJN is unwilling to give us a column to present our viewpoints, as Yoni Goldstein said for himself in a recent issue of the CJN. So being barred from speaking within Jewish communal spaces, and also having Zionist periodicals and other media publish libellous claims about your organization, makes growth a bit of a challenge. And of course, it’s very difficult for Jews who do agree with our positions to join us, because the social repercussions can be enormous. Many people lose their friends, family members and even jeopardize career opportunities or lose their jobs for taking positions critical of Israel. So the fact that we have as many members as we do is a testament to the changing times ahead for Israel and its apologists in Canada.

      • shloime

        as plo propaganda and lies succeeds in distorting the truth. why are there over 1 million arab israeli citizens with full civil rights guaranteed by law, while the plo vows not to let a single jew live in its territory? why is it a capital offence to sell property to a jew in judea, the national homeland of the jews?! so which is the “racist, apartheid regime”?

        only the terminally stupid would fall for all the arab lies.

    • shloime

      facts don’t work against the dark side – “use the flag, luke!”

  • NorthernEagle

    The BDS movement is a morally bankrupt attack on Jews hiding behind criticism of Israel. IJV are just the Jews who have co-opted into this scurrilous movement.

    Remember, we had plenty of Jews in WW2 who told us we should co-operate with the Nazis.

    • shloime

      even the plo doesn’t support bds, because it hurts them more than it does israel. it’s just the terminally stupid leftists who fail to see that it’s nothing more than a socially-acceptable outlet for old-fashioned anti-semitism.

      • NorthernEagle

        You sure they don’t support it? The Palestinian affection for suicide goes well beyond bombers. It’s the hallmark of their entire existence…they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. If the Arabs had agreed to UN in ’47 they’d have a lot more territory.

  • NorthernEagle

    Israel is not above the law. But almost every other country fails to live up to it.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Tyler Levitan: You are the product of bad education and/or indoctrination. Maybe it came from leftist professors or perhaps a family life that has taught you to be proud of ignorance and to use that ignorance as a weapon against those who only fight back in words rather than violent jihad.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Tyler: You are the product of bad education or
    indoctrination. Maybe it came from leftist professors or perhaps a family life
    that has taught you to be proud of ignorance and to use that ignorance as a
    weapon against those who only fight back in words rather than violent jihad. You
    were taught that the more you repeat lies and the more you blow up lies the
    more other people will believe it as the truth – especially when it bolsters, solidifies
    and justifies their existing hatreds.

    If Israel were an Apartheid State as you allege then it would
    have excluded Arab Muslims, Druze, and Christians, etc., from life in Israel.
    Instead, it has allowed Arab refugees equal status in Israel on the basis of
    laws and human rights not seen in any other Muslim country in the region. How
    many Jews and Christians and other minorities are given any rights in Syria,
    Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, etc? How many Arab refugees
    are given equal citizenship in the countries of their own Arab brother nations –
    nations where many of the “Palestinians” originated? If you were so concerned
    about “Apartheid” then you would logically be concerned about Apartheid everywhere
    and especially where it really exists – not just in your fertile and selective
    imagination.

    What you are doing is what you have set out to do – Jew-baiting.
    I have seen it aplenty on the Internet over the years. Whenever someone
    criticizes terrorism or defends Israel in any way, the Jew-baiters come out in
    full force with their false allegations, their misconceptions, their lies and
    their Jew hatred disguised as concern for human rights. We have seen this behavior
    in Jew baiters throughout history. We have seen it from Nazis, from Islamists,
    and from left-wingers in the present who have adopted the terrorist narrative
    that is financed by terror groups and countries that have a vested interest in
    Israel’s destruction. You see, not all belief systems were created equal –
    some, like Islamism, want Jews dead and the existence of Israel is an insult to
    their beliefs…and I see that you have adopted the same beliefs.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Tyler: You are the product of bad education or
    indoctrination. Maybe it came from leftist professors or perhaps a family life
    that has taught you to be proud of ignorance and to use that ignorance as a
    weapon against those who only fight back in words rather than violent jihad. You
    were taught that the more you repeat lies and the more you blow up lies the
    more other people will believe it as the truth – especially when it bolsters, solidifies
    and justifies their existing hatreds.

    If Israel were an Apartheid State as you allege then it would
    have excluded Arab Muslims, Druze, and Christians, etc., from life in Israel.
    Instead, it has allowed Arab refugees equal status in Israel on the basis of
    laws and human rights not seen in any other Muslim country in the region. How
    many Jews and Christians and other minorities are given any rights in Syria,
    Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, etc? How many Arab refugees
    are given equal citizenship in the countries of their own Arab brother nations –
    nations where many of the “Palestinians” originated? If you were so concerned
    about “Apartheid” then you would logically be concerned about Apartheid everywhere
    and especially where it really exists – not just in your fertile and selective
    imagination.

    What you are doing is what you have set out to do – Jew-baiting.
    I have seen it aplenty on the Internet over the years. Whenever someone
    criticizes terrorism or defends Israel in any way, the Jew-baiters come out in
    full force with their false allegations, their misconceptions, their lies and
    their Jew hatred disguised as concern for human rights. We have seen this behavior
    in Jew baiters throughout history. We have seen it from Nazis, from Islamists,
    and from left-wingers in the present who have adopted the terrorist narrative
    that is financed by terror groups and countries that have a vested interest in
    Israel’s destruction. You see, not all belief systems were created equal –
    some, like Islamism, want Jews dead and the existence of Israel is an insult to
    their beliefs…and I see that you have adopted the same beliefs.