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Anthony Housefather, federal Liberal MP from Mont-Royal

The Canadian Press

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Five federal Liberal MPs are asking the administrations of 25 Canadian universities to clearly clarify whether calling for “a genocide against the Jewish people” or “the #x27;elimination of the State of Israel” violates their establishment's code of conduct.

Published online by Montreal MP Anthony Housefather, this written request comes against a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas, including on university campuses.

Former Justice Minister David Lametti, Montreal MP Anna Gainey, Winnipeg MP Ben Carr and former Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino also signed this letter. MPs Housefather and Carr are Jewish.

The letter says the five MPs have heard from students in their constituencies who say they have been harassed by their university classmates or subjected to hostile environments in some classrooms.

American university administrations have grappled with similar questions during recent congressional hearings regarding anti-Semitism on campus.

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Former University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned amid controversy after telling elected officials that such a call for genocide of the Jewish people would depend on the context. She clarified the next day that such a call would be considered harassment or intimidation.

We do not believe that any context is necessary to confirm that calling for the eradication of an identifiable group constitutes harassment, intimidation and intimidation. incitement to hatred and deserves the most severe disciplinary measures available to a university, we can read in the letter from the federal Liberal deputies.

The deputies are asking Canadian rectors to respond to their question in writing by January 20 and to specify the measures taken since the start of the war in the Middle East on October 7 to protect Jewish students facing with hostile environments. MPs plan to then submit these responses to a Commons committee.

While a college campus should be a sanctuary, we hear instead from Jewish students are afraid to go to their campus or to certain classes. This is totally unacceptable.

A quote from Extract from the MPs' letter

Canadian universities have struggled to manage tensions between supporters of the two camps on their campuses since the start of the war in the Middle East.

To Montreal's Concordia University was the scene of violence between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine activists on the downtown campus on November 8. A student was arrested and three people were injured, including two security guards and a student.

McGill University has asked a group called Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights McGill to remove reference to the Montreal university from its name. This association described Hamas' surprise attacks against Israel on October 7 as heroic on social networks.

Four pro-Palestinian student groups, including this one, then responded by saying they were not celebrating violence but rather considering the prospect of Palestinian liberation. /p>

The MPs do not cite a specific university or incident in their letter, but they say that many students had to cross paths on the campuses of protesters demanding the elimination of the world's only majority Jewish state.

Since October 7, we have seen gunshots shootings at Jewish schools, bombings at Jewish institutions, threats of boycotts against Jewish-owned businesses and reports nationwide that Jewish students do not feel safe on their campuses, reads -on in the letter.

This was accompanied by a lack of action from university leaders to protect Jewish students, we read again.

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