FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2019
Press Release: CIJA condemns violent protests at York University targeting Jewish campus clubs
Toronto, ON – Last night, a Jewish campus club event at York University was the target of violent protests. In response, CIJA’s Vice President, University and Local Partner Services Judy Zelikovitz, issued the following:
“We are appalled by the violent protests that occurred yesterday evening at York University, targeting a program run by a Jewish campus club. We believe in the right of students to freedom of speech, including the right to criticize and contest ideas. However, there is no place on campus for intimidation or the disruption of student programs.
These actions are contrary to York University’s commitment to freedom of speech. The fact that last night’s protests required such a significant police presence is alarming. CIJA will continue to support our partner on campus, Hillel Ontario, and we have communicated directly with York University administration on this matter.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.