University officials discuss campus anti-Semitism at parliamentary inquiry

November 25, 2009

Representatives from York, Concordia, Ryerson, uToronto, and uOttawa participated in a hearing Tuesday as part of the Canadian Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism. The officials testified on their perspectives of anti-Semitism on campus, and what senior administrators are doing or hoping to do at their respective institutions to address incidents of hatred. One particular topic brought up by MPs on the panel was Israeli Apartheid Week, which the witnesses acknowledged can be a source of tension at their respective schools. However, the representatives stressed that removing IAW would counter the mission of universities to foster academic freedom and promote open dialogue. Canadian Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism