Subject: Fw: J'Accuse Concordia University -Tzav Shmoneh at Concordia!! Immediate Attention pls
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 19:08:12 -0500
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Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 12:05 PM
Subject: Tzav Shmoneh at Concordia!! Immediate Attention pls
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Canadian Jewish Congress
Phone: (613) 233-8703
Fax: (613) 233-8748
And to American Jewish Congress,
People of sanity!!
If you havent been alerted to what is happening in Concordia University
please take action NOW
Canadian Jewish Congress has a website dedicated to "Nizkor" Holocaust
andthose who deny its occurence, just our people who perished do not let
Concordia carry out its Pro Islamic schemes of abusing the Jews of Canada.
Canada is in all probability turning Islamic
without even knowing it!!!!!!
Subj: Concordia Bans Jewish Student's Union (Hillel) (fwd)
Date: 12/5/2002 12:03:28 AM Eastern Standard Time
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This is completely disgusting! Anti-Semitism clearly is spreading right
here in Canada; we must do something about it quickly!
EVERYONE MUST write at least one letter to several newspapers or
university/government offices (use the same letter text in each).
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 11:36 PM
Subject: Concordia Bans Jewish Student's Union (Hillel)
This is an urgent appeal going out to all those who may be interested in
ending the humiliation and suffering of Jewish Students at Concordia
University (Montreal, Canada). While Jewish students have been subjected
hatred, racism, and violence at Concordia, Jewish students are now engaged
in an all out war. Hillel, the only Jewish presence on campus has been
down" by the Concordia Student Union. Hillel is a student club which
promotes awareness about issues relating to Judaism and Israel.
The CSU's council of "representatives" passed a motion at a meeting this
week. The CSU has suspended all funding to Hillel and has revoked its
ability to hold events, displays, and information tables. All this, the
result of Hillel, allegedly, distributing a flyer for Mahal, a volunteer
program. The CSU is revoking from Hillel -and as a result Jewish students-
the same basic rights which were just restored to all students following
end of the moratorium. Now that the Board of Governors moratorium is over,
the CSU has taken it upon themselves to impose their own moratorium on
This is a dangerous escalation in the war against Jewish students on
campuses across North America. Is the closure of Concordia Hillel
"legitimate" criticism of Israel?
The Jewish students of Concordia need your help NOW!
Whether you are a student or not, you can help. Below are important
info and a copy of Hillel's press release. Bombard CSU VPs with phone
and e-mails. Write to the press, to the Concordia administration, call
shows, and tell people what's going on!
DO NOT REMAIN SILENT! TAKE ACTION NOW! MAKE NOISE!
Let the CSU know their actions are not acceptable and have consequences,
that JEWS HAVE RIGHTS TOO! If you are a Concordia student demand that your
CSU fees be refunded. Show your solidarity with Hillel and the Jewish
students of Concordia!
The Link (Newspaper)
Letter(under 400 words)- firstname.lastname@example.org
Opinions(600-700 words)- email@example.com
The Concordian (Newspaper) Letters- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Thursday Report (Newspaper) Letters - email@example.com
*the same letter can be sent to all papers
Montreal Gazette - Letters - firstname.lastname@example.org
National Post - letters- email@example.com
Concordia Student Union:
Tel- (514) 848-7474
Sabine Friesinger, CSU President
Tel- (514) 848-7478
Yves Engler, CSU VP Communications
Tel- (514) 848-7474
Sameer Zuberi, CSU VP Finance
Tel- (514) 848-7474
Aaron Maté, CSU VP Campaigns
Tel- (514) 848-7970
Ralph Lee, CSU VP Academic &Advocacy
Kealia Curtis, CSU VP Internal
Rector Frederick Lowy - Frederick.Lowy@concordia.ca
Please send a copy of all letters, comments, complaints, to
Forward this e-mail to everybody you know.
***THIS ENDS KNOW***
Concordia Hillel Member, and Damn proud of it!
This message is brough to you by anti-Semitism:
Coming to a campus near you.
Hillel press release - December 3 2002
Hillel Opposes CSU's shut down of Concordia Hillel
For immediate release
MONTREAL, December 3, 2002 - At a regular meeting of the Council of
Representatives of the Concordia Student Union last night, a motion was
to suspend Concordia Hillel, the representative organ of the Jewish
body at Concordia University.
The resolution bars Concordia Hillel from holding information tables,
booking university space for events and all other activities of a student
The motion was made in response to a flier that was allegedly distributed
an information table held by Concordia Hillel a week prior. The pamphlet
provided information on a volunteer program with the Israeli Defense
for non-Israeli Jews interested in aiding in the defense of the Jewish
The motion, passed by a majority of 8-1 of councilors present, was brought
to the floor as an emergency motion. The chair ruled the motion Out of
Order, but council overturned the decision, moving the resolution despite
time given for Hillel to investigate the issue.
"Council has acted irrationally and irresponsibly yet again," said
Hillel co-president and CSU councilor Noah Joseph, in reference to the
heated discussion that erupted at the council meeting of Sept 11. At that
meeting, like this one, an appeal was made to let the matter sit until all
parties had a chance to properly look into the issues involved. And again,
council voted repeatedly to open and take immediate action regarding the
"The councilor who moved the resolution obviously put a significant amount
of time into it and easily could have submitted the motion earlier and
us chance to investigate the issue properly. He decided specifically not
do so and council supported these ambush tactics," said Joseph.
Earlier in the meeting, CSU president Sabine Friesinger moved that the CSU
hold a conference on antisemitism. An amendment for Concordia Hillel to
co- the event was rejected of council. "I find it appalling that
CSU wants to have a conference on hatred against Jews and yet has voiced
clearly its opinion that it specifically does not want the Jewish student
group to take part in the planning of the conference," said Joseph. "I'm
afraid we're going to have our own little Durban here at Concordia." The
reference was made to the UN Conference on Racism held in Durban, South
Africa, that ended up as UN-sanctioned forum for propaganda against Jews
For more information, contact:
English - Noah Joseph (514) 952-6624
French - Patrick Amar (514) 945-0815
Hillel Jewish Student Centres of Montreal (514) 845-9171
To whom it may concern,
After hearing of the shutting down of Concordia's "Hillel", the only
representation of Jewsih students at the uuniversity, I can't help but
disgusted. Despite what your views on Israeli politics may be, Hillel is a
nation wide organization that tries to give jewish students identity and
unification. In a world that is so torn by racism and intolerance, please
don't become part of the problem of discrimination. As a student of UWO, I
engage in many events with the JSU (our equivalent to Hillel) and i
feel that without its presence, I would feel very alone and alienated.
Hillel is a Jewish organization that promotes Jewish values and unity and
attack Hillel is to attack the religion of Judaism. I beg all of you to
your voices be heard and to put an end to this outrageous resolution. Have
happy holiday, whichever particular one you celebrate, and hopefully, we
have one too.
3rd year Sociology
2nd Sample Letter:
SUBJECT: J'Accuse Concordia University
To President Friesinger, Concordia University Staff and Media:
The reputation of Concordia University as the viper's nest of
and anti-Zionism is gaining strength. Now that your University has shut
the "Hillel" house and cut its funding I find it difficult not to let you
know that this position smack of Arabist rabble politics and that it is
highly hypocritical and will eventually diminish the University's success.
You have permitted disinformation and hatered to spew out of your
University.You have yet to hold accountable the Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights(SPHR) for lies and half truths which they spread . They
continue to distort historical fact, removing information from its proper
context, and compromise history in the furthering of their own agenda
without consequence. Your university has witnessed the terrible
anti-Semitic violent protest which prevented free speech from a select
speaker, Mr. Netanyahu. Now, you are withholding the funds that support
Jewish students cultural activities. Unless your establishment plans to go
down in history as the "infamous" anti-Semitic university, you need to
strong steps to reclaim your university as a place of learning and put a
stop to all this biased and ugly stuff.
Please be sure to protect the Jewish membership of your University. You
regret having no diversity if they all decide you are not worth the fight.
News from the Campus
a.. From survey: Concordia University
Netanyahu is the victim
by Jonathan Kay
September 10, 2002
MONTREAL - For anyone worried about the "right to dissent" in the
11 era, I offer, in rebuttal, Concordia University. The school is already
well known to Canadians thanks to its student union, which last year
published a handbook demonizing Israel and glorifying Palestinian
Yesterday, Concordia won new notoriety: An Arabist rabble shut down a
scheduled speech by Benjamin Netanyahu, the former Israeli prime minister.
The protests were so violent the police had to spray tear gas, causing the
university's main building to be evacuated.
Not that the cops seemed to care much about whether the speech went on or
not. Bizarrely, the row of helmeted policemen stood to one side and let
protesters control access to the Hall building, where the speech was
supposed to take place. At one point, Laith Marouf, a Syrian who was
expelled from Concordia last year after defacing a school building with
pro-Palestinian graffiti, climbed on top of a police van and used it as
pulpit. I pointed out the irony to a nearby cop, but he just shrugged.
With no speech to cover, I drifted among the protesters. Most of them had
idea they'd prevailed, and delivered statements to me in the vein of "as
speak, a blood-soaked war criminal is inside that building spewing his
racist propaganda." When I told them of the cancellation, they were
At his press conference, Mr. Netanyahu put a brave face on all of this. He
said the protesters had undermined their own cause because they'd
the intolerance, hatred and censorship that are the calling cards of
and Saddam. Some reporters in the room rolled their eyes - particularly
francophones, many of whom imagine the Palestinians to be kindred
But there was a lot of truth in Mr. Netanyahu's words. Concordia
is the centre of militant Arabism in Canada, and it has recently seen a
steady stream of extremists parade through its halls. (Solidarity for
Palestinian Human Rights, a prominent university group that organizes
demonstrations, has circulated articles by Holocaust deniers alleging
is developing an "ethnic bomb" that will kill Arabs but not Jews.) But you
never see Jews or anyone else coming to block SPHR from saying its piece.
is only among the school's Arabs - many of whom, like Marouf, are
immigrants from Arab nations where free speech is non-existent and
anti-Semitic filth is widespread - that it is considered acceptable to
your opponent up by force.
Yesterday's fracas at Concordia was not the Middle East in miniature. I
didn't see anyone strapped with mock explosives, and the protesters were
careful to avoid burning an Israeli flag (as some protesters did in
earlier this year). But there was still a climate of intimidation. When I
tried to approach the Hall building, I was blocked by a crowd of
who declared they were creating "a Palestinian checkpoint." Many of the
folks in yarmulkes - including a pair of middle-aged men - were shoved,
kicked, smeared with ketchup meant to symbolize Palestinian blood, and
otherwise harassed until they fled.
To the protesters - well-steeped in the specious propaganda of the Arab
world - all of this was "legitimate resistance."
"Look what the police have done," a thin, friendly Concordia student named
Ahmed told me, gesturing dramatically at a pane of smashed glass.
"But the protesters smashed the window," I said.
"Yes," he responded, "Out of frustration. Look at the way they're being
As we spoke, a group of Jewish students raised an Israeli flag. Almost
immediately, a group of men chanting slogans in Arabic took it from them.
"Is that an act of frustration too?" I asked Ahmed, half seriously.
"They have no business taunting us," he said with great solemnity. "It's a
In some ways, this sort of statement is more dismaying than the violence
excuses. It tells me that the logic of Palestinian victimization is
the ocean and taking up residence locally. Which, perhaps, is not
surprising: If you can argue that blowing up school buses is a predictable
response to the "humiliations" imposed on Palestinians, as many of the
talking heads featured on the CBC and in The Toronto Star tell us, why
shouldn't censorship in support of the victims be OK too? Shouldn't the
blame lie with Mr. Netanyahu, for daring to express his free speech rights
and thereby "provoking" those poor Palestinian sympathizers? Sure enough,
reporter at yesterday's press conference raised that very theory. "There
people who feel that holding your event at a place like Concordia
with a history of difficulties ... was like waving a red flag in front of
these people," she said. "Perhaps that caused the problem." To my delight,
Mr. Netanyahu had no patience for this. The cause of riots, he said, is
rioters. The cause of thuggery is thugs. "And if it's true that there is a
history of problems at a place like Concordia," he added, "then clean it
up." It was the best line of the press conference. I only hope someone
Concordia was there to hear it.
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