The Ryerson Student Union was set to vote on a Jewish student group’s motion to hold Holocaust Education Week but according to an account from “a member of Hillel Ryerson, students from the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson) and the Muslim Students Association (RMSA) first called for an amendment to the motion to include all forms of genocide.”
Then they walked out, which was apparently a deliberate strategy to prevent the vote to allow Holocaust Education Week to take place:
Ryerson student Aedan O’Connor, who attended the meeting, told B’nai Brith Canada that Jewish students promoting the Holocaust education motion were mocked by their non-Jewish peers, and that the walk-out was a premeditated tactic organized by local members of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association. She and other students have since gone to social media to condemn the walk-out.
The President of Ryerson, Mohamed Lachemi, and Administration executives — which included “diversity” officials — met afterward with student representatives to “discuss the incident,” according to StandWithUs Canada.
Tamar Jaclyn Lyons, a StandWithUs Canada Emerson Fellow, wrote about the incident, saying that she was polite and welcomed the MSA and SJP reps as she “lined up to speak at the microphone in favour of this motion,” but was “aggressively told by the president of the MSA and Vice President of SJP to ‘sit down’ because there are too many people with my opinions.”
As tensions increased, the meeting was adjourned. Now, Ryerson’s Aedan O’Connor is “urging the government to intervene,” stating:
“It’s a systemic issue … (on) many university campuses across Canada … Universities are funded by taxpayer dollars and there needs to be some accountability at the government level.”
Back in April, “several hundred Ryerson University students voted ‘overwhelmingly in favour’ of supporting BDS (Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions),” a movement driven by Hamas, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). Muslim Student associations and Palestinian solidarity networks are generally MB entities, and so should be barred from campuses as promoters of hate, violence and intimidation.
Voices from Toronto’s Jewish community are accusing a group of Muslim and pro-Palestinian university students of scuttling a vote by their union to commemorate Holocaust Education Week.
The controversy unfolded during Tuesday’s general meeting of the Ryerson Student Union (RSU), which was set to vote on a Jewish student group’s motion to hold Holocaust Education Week events.
According to a member of Hillel Ryerson, students from the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson) and the Muslim Students Association (RMSA) first called for an amendment to the motion to include all forms of genocide.
But then they walked out, causing the meeting to lose quorum and the vote to die, Hillel Ryerson’s Aedan O’Connor says. “Instead of going through with trying to amend it, they … decided to walk out,” he said Wednesday.
It wasn’t long before Amanda Hohmann, of B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights, heard from students about the meeting.
She called the walk-out a “premeditated move” on the part of some members of SJP Ryerson and the RMSA.
“When they realized the original motion would likely pass as it was presented, (they) … got up and walked out as a way of removing quorum so that the motion couldn’t pass,” Hohmann said, calling it an act of anti-Semitism.
“There is no other way to characterize this, but (as) anti-Jewish sentiment,” she said, urging the government to intervene. “It’s a systemic issue … (on) many university campuses across Canada … Universities are funded by taxpayer dollars and there needs to be some accountability at the government level.”….