By Gary Gerofsky
In a gymnasium on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, which is used for sports, concerts and normally happy and festive events of student life, I saw the future. It was in the form of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) vote that passed overwhelmingly. The vote passed but will not take effect at this time because they did not get quorum (they needed over 600 students but they had a little over 400). I am told that the pending vote will be passed along to senate where its fate will be in the hands of that body. Regardless, one day soon, as on hundreds of campuses throughout the land, these and similar anti-civilization votes are or will be taking place. They are attended by hundreds of students, a good portion dressed in Islamic attire; some older students who do not appear to be students at all, angrier and more determined than your average Canadian student. Also in attendance are many Muslims and other supporters who are often bussed in by various religious and other groups, churches, unions, etc.
I thought to myself during the proceedings of that meeting that if you presented a bill on beheading, stoning of women, hanging of gays, the implementation of sharia law on campus, female genital mutilation, waging jihad, or crucifixion, this audience would shout their joy and rapture in a similar way at every motion leading to its passage.
Most of the time was spent on procedural matters — what order to address the business at hand. The audience desperately wanted to get to the BDS vote before the meeting of the McMaster Student Union General Assembly was over that evening. I am sure that never before had an MSU meeting garnered such a large and angry audience. The tension in the room was rife with hate and confrontation from those who wanted it passed right away. This was clearly a meeting exposing a fault line on this and other campuses: a tectonic shift of the Islamic community colliding with the weaker, lighter, and more vulnerable individuals opposing the motion. It was no contest and there was never any doubt that this motion would pass.
Throughout the land we are faced with the hate and ignorance that exists within the Jew-hate movement. For anyone who doubts that this is about Jews and not, as they claim, an isolated targeting of Israel, let me tell you that after the vote the students broke out into pandemonium and chants of “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea.” Free means free of Jews. Palestine, a country which never existed in fact but is only a name given to a geographical area administered by the British after the Ottoman collapse, is also a fakery of Arab dictators and followers of Hitler during World War II.
There are a few points that I would like to highlight about the events which happened last evening:
It was disturbing that that the Jewish community was kept deliberately uninformed about these proceedings. I learned of it the day of the event from a professor at McMaster. The excuse given was that the students did not want anyone there. A representative from our feckless Jewish Federation was there so they knew but saw fit to keep the community in their usual quiet apathy and silence. There were not any good excuses not to be informed of the important pending vote taking place or any excuse for not making an announcement. I am waiting to see if a report will be generated and circulated by the representative who attended as an observer. Since there is no way to spin the proceedings in a positive light for the sleepy inhabitants of Hamilton, Ontario, I am certain that there will be more cover-up.
What I sense is that the students and faculty do not trust the general public and, consequently, the Jewish Federation, a stronghold of the Left and a confusion of perspectives, just wants it all to go away without a fight. They seem to believe that if you pretend it is not there, it will all disappear. Guess what, it is here to stay and getting worse by the day as jihadists and certain vocal and influential professors dominate campus politics and indoctrinate their easy-to-lead friends. Leftists, including some who use the claim of Jewishness to their advantage while positioned more under the thumb of the United Church, are training these students in political combat and protest and perhaps more, as they show up to these hate-fests with their top people alongside professional protestors.
By the end of the evening, a healthy and strong student who identified himself as a “Palestinian,” with family back home, made a plea on behalf of “Palestinians” to vote for the motion. He used all the buzzwords to make Israel look like an “Apartheid” state and an oppressor and occupier. That was the extent of “discussion,” one-sided as it was, and there was NO DEBATE and nobody to speak on the other side — time was running out and the Islamists were the only ones who got to speak.
In order to prevent the critical 600-student number required for quorum, part of the strategy of those opposing BDS was to leave en masse, which they did. It worked but it was a Pyrrhic and desperate procedural victory that delays the inevitable. I admire those few on council who tried in vain to stop the juggernaut but they did not ask for nor did they receive any community support. When we reach a point in time where such Hitlerian votes begin to take place, it is my assertion that the gloves are off and that is the end of academic niceties. The anti-BDS side must not be afraid of real emotions and real voices spilling over. The voices against Islamic intolerance and hate MUST NOT BE SILENCED ANYMORE!!
The backdrop to this vote comes after years of allowing Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) to flourish on campus. This introduction to jihad on campus follows years of speakers, posters, lies, and campaigns of hate accepted as free speech and academic freedom on campuses throughout the land and specifically on the McMaster campus. It comes after years of their “Human Rights and Equity” officer and President(s) addressing every false claim made to silence Jewish professors and students and ignoring every complaint against the anti-Semitic IAW and now BDS. I have been involved in very small ways to alert the President and Provost (past and present) but have been largely ignored. Once when I did get a meeting with the past Provost to bring her up-to-date on the seriousness of campus intolerance, she had a security officer sit by my side — the messenger apparently is to be feared but those conducting political violence and lies go unmolested at McMaster. I was also involved in a small way in presenting an initiative to have the university follow the recommendations of a non-partisan report on anti-Semitism by our government in which campus affairs were specifically mentioned. We were merely asking the President to follow government directives on the issue but we were, after many months of dithering on his part, rebuked and refused. The anti-Semitism initiative was signed by notable community and Canadian Rabbis, professors, and politicians but it has now been ignored and cast into the garbage. From the ashes of that report comes the anti-Semitic BDS campaign.
So now we are left with an even greater chance for jihad and sharia law — domination by Islamists on campus and a willing submission by academics, presidents, the Jewish community and students. Students in particular are mostly unaware of the news of the day (and the lessons of history are a grey, unknown void for most of them). Students are being taught the lessons of victim-hood by people who politically profit from the advance of their false claims. The only people on earth today who are morally considered unworthy of claims of victim-hood, according to the haters, are the Jewish people who, as they were during WWII, are cast into the role of Christ killers (Palestinians and their Christian supporters are using the “Palestinians” as the new Christ to once again punish Jews for the false accusation and deciding to prevent them from living and from taking their rightful place in the community of nations in the free world).
The following anecdote will give you an accurate impression of the youth of today (non-Muslim) connected to the cause of intolerance and anti-Semitism. When the meeting was over, I observed a young woman trying to entrap a couple of professors on the other side of the debate. The woman with very nice purple hair approached their backs and they did not see her coming. She was holding 4 large pop bottles which we later learned she was pilfering from the Jewish Student/Faculty Association. Making her way from the top of the bleachers to the bottom of the court of the gym, she claimed that she was being blocked and, instead of saying “excuse me, I would like to get by,” she screamed some wild accusation about a human rights violation against the disabled for blocking her way. She started ranting about how she is disabled and then she went into a frantic rage. When she finally proceeded in leaps and bounds down to the court of the gymnasium floor, she continued her harangue, threatening to make charges to the “human rights board.” She, like the others making false claims about Israel and not willing to listen to reason nor debate, will continue to make gratuitous complaints and use lawfare until they are reminded of their ignorance, their bullying behavior, their abuse of the facts and abuse and intolerance of others. This woman was not a student at the university and yet she was yelling at two very quiet, well-respected and gentle professors who are part of McMaster. In my day the university would have taken a dim view of this woman’s abusive behaviour and had her expelled from the building. Today she, like the others there to make their prejudices known, is mollycoddled and protected — and so her vile behavior grows stronger and her mean temperament is empowered and deemed acceptable
What I saw in that room yesterday is the future, which I believe, will be an horrendous legacy if not stopped. These BDS campaigns will be successful unless we stand up to them; it is just a matter of time. If the community is not being informed, how will they know what is taking place and how to combat it? I am disgusted.
Related: Academia, Anti-Semitism, Appeasement, Bigotry and Bias, Canada, Corruption, Delegitimize, Extremists, Islam, Israel, Law Fare, Political Correctness, Sanctions, War Against Islamo-fascism