YorkU fires staff member for Facebook posts deemed anti-Semitic

September 20, 2016

York University has reportedly fired a staff member for creating a series of social media posts that critics have deemed anti-Semitic. A letter obtained by the Star states that YorkU Laboratory Technologist Nikolaos Balaskas was terminated last week for publishing a series of Facebook posts that “target identifiable groups” and “denigrate particular religious faiths including those of the Jewish faith.” Amanda Hohmann, national director for B’nai’s Brith’s League for Human Rights, applauded the firing, stating that “it was very heartening to see that the administration took a step like this, that they’re actually listening to our community.” Toronto Star