Councillor James Pasternak condems violent protesters against Isreal and Jewish students

November 21, 2019
Toronto – Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak condemns anti-Israel, anti-Semitic mob violence at York University
Councillor James Pasternak is “shocked and dismayed” at the abuse and violence started by an anti-Israel mob trying to shut down an event hosted by Herut Canada at York University.
“As a former student of York University I am saddened and appalled by the violence and racial overtones directed toward members of the Jewish community. It seems that this group wants freedom of speech for themselves and no one else. I thank Toronto Police and private security for de-escalating the situation and for the event to proceed as planned,” said City of Toronto Councillor James Pasternak.
According to B’nai Brith Canada, among the protesters was Holocaust-denying newspaper editor Nazih Khatatba, who glorified a 2014 massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue and has described Judaism as a “terrorist religion.”
“Anti-Israel protesters attempted to shut down the event with the use of violence, coercion and intimidation. I condemn vehemently the efforts of these violent protesters directed against Israel, Jewish students and peaceful discussion. But I also thank the administration for allowing this event to proceed,” says Pasternak
“A university campus should not be the site of hate and violence. It should provide a space to foster an intellectual and academic space where everyone is welcomed. Many of those inciting the violence were not York University students and should be issued trespass orders.”