McGill Students’ Society votes against removing member who published “Punch a Zionist” tweet

February 15, 2017

Controversy has emerged around a McGill University student representative who encouraged people on Twitter to “punch a Zionist today,” reports the Montreal Gazette. McGill, B’nai Brith, and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs have denounced the tweet, with the latter two groups expressing strong concern about the experience of Jewish students at McGill’s campus. This Monday, the board of directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University rejected by a vote of 5-4 a motion calling for the removal of the student who published the tweet. The Windsor Star reports that during the SSMU meeting, some students called for the removal of a Jewish council member who had deemed the tweet hateful. Montreal Gazette | Windsor Star