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Hate-filled displays like Israel Apartheid Week will face a battle getting onto the University of Manitoba campus after the student union adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

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Students Supporting Israel and Hillel scored an important victory in Winnipeg on December 10 – with the unanimous support of the student union at the University of Manitoba.

In an announcement on Facebook that night, President of SSI Manitoba Emily Kalo wrote:

“As we celebrate the #Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, we are proud to shine light on the University of Manitoba’s Student Union (UMSU) for unanimously passing a resolution to acknowledge, define and condemn antisemitism.

“By passing the IHRA definition of antisemitism, UMSU has shown the value it places on making the University of Manitoba an equitable and inclusive campus, not only for Jewish students, but all minorities. Calling on the student union to adopt this definition is the biggest win for SSI UofM so far. 

“We look forward to a safer future for all U of M students.”

This is the 8th IHRA resolution on campuses thanks to the lobbying efforts and SSI chapters and their allies across North America. Previously, Arizona State University, Texas A&M University, Foothill College, Pace University, St. Lawrence University, City College New York, and the University of Buenos Aires had supported the initiative.

“SSI movement is proud to lead an international campaign calling student governments and universities to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Learn more at: www.ssimovement.org/IHRA

University of Toronto tackling antisemitism on campus

An Anti-Semitism Working Group has been launched to assess and identify antisemitism at the three campuses of the University of Toronto, with senior executive stating, “U of T recognizes that we need to be more proactive and responsive to address it on our campuses.”

Vice-President of Human Resources and Equity, Kelly Hannah-Moffat, said in a press release that “Antisemitism is a source of discrimination, harassment and hatred that undermines our values. No form of discrimination is tolerated at the University of Toronto.

The working group will review current processes and practices about how antisemitism is being addressed and develop a framework to support the university’s response to the issue. It will recommend improvements to administration responses to antisemitic incidents, as well as propose new education and other programs to eliminate antisemitism on-campus.

The working group, whose contributions will form an integral part of the university’s commitment to addressing systemic forms of racism across its three campuses, including Islamophobia and anti-Black racism, will make recommendations to U of T President Meric Gertler, Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr and Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity Kelly Hannah-Moffat.

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Arthur Ripstein is slated to lead the group. A University Professor in the Faculty of Law and in the department of philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Science, allowed that “Our main work will be, in the first instance, listening to and seeking input from members of the university community. We want to hear about their concerns and instances of anti-Semitism of which they think we should be made aware.”

“As a university, the way we deal with problems is to study them. And so, our first task is going to be to study the problem and think about ways to manage it within the context of the university’s broader commitment to being a place where difficult questions can be addressed and considered in a respectful and inclusive manner.” Ripstein invited members of the U of T community to share their feedback by emailing the Anti-Semitism Working Group at [email protected].

Long Island Hebrew School Data Hacked By Nazi Harassers

Antisemitic images, threats, slurs and songs were posted on the website of North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, New York and were included in emails sent to the school’s parents and students on Monday afternoon December 14, resulting in the cancelation of parent-teacher conferences and a beefed-up law enforcement investigation.

According to a JNS report, the North Shore logo on the homepage was changed to a swastika; the background image was modified to show a Nazi concentration camp; and the school’s name was changed to “North Shore Hebrew Concentration Camp.” Its address was also changed to that of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

“Photos, credit card information, home addresses and other personal details about the school’s students and teachers were circulated in emails,” JNS reported, “and students were even sent an entire Google document that listed all their personal information, including photo numbers. At the end of the email, the hackers wrote “F*** ISRAEL… Images obtained by JNS show that several of the anti-Semitic messages sent via email were signed “#OPISRAEL.”

According to The Jerusalem Post, OPISRAEL is an annual coordinated effort by pro-Palestinian hackers meant to attack Israel and Israelis. It has been taking place annually on April 7 for the past seven years. In June, a pro-Palestinian group released the personal information, including ID numbers, credit card details and phone numbers of hundreds of Israelis.

Hackers placed a video with the logo of Palestinian Media Watch that including imagery and a song about killing Israelis on a yeshiva website in New York. (Photo: Google Earth)

On Tuesday, Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder stated that the FBI has joined the investigation into the cyberattack on the Modern-Orthodox Yeshiva, which has a student body of about 400.

“Last night the Nassau County Police Department commenced an investigation into disturbing and malicious communications that involve online attacks against our Jewish community,” Ryder said. “These attacks will never be tolerated and I have assigned extra resources due to these anti-Semitic remarks and threats. We continue the investigation collaboratively with the FBI at this time.”

Newsday reported that State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) asked the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to allow institutions to use funds from the Securing Communities Against Crimes Grants Program. The grant program is designed to provide money to boost safety at nonprofit museums, day care centers, community centers and camps at risk of hate crimes because of religion, ideology or mission.

“It is beyond disturbing,” Kaminsky said of the hack. “All institutions must be prepared for this kind of attack.”

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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