Israel Truth Week Vigil at York University – Day 2

On the second day of the vigil at York University we saw more people from Jewish organizations that came to support the event organized by Mark Vandermaas.

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The second day of the vigil

 

Members of JDL-Canada brought to the event by its director Meir Weinstein stood with representatives of the Hamilton-based Never Again Group.

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Meir Weinstein and Mark Vandermaas

 

There were also a few people who were not associated with the groups, but came to express their support.

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Author Salomon Benzimra

 

The reception was favourable – many drivers honked as a sign of support. A few people stopped by to talk about the event. We had a long conversation with a York University student, who explained the situation at the institution. He described one of the main events of the recent Israeli Apartheid Week – a presentation by an Israeli student named Noa Shaindlinger. Despite her citizenship, that woman held outrageous anti-Semitic views, twisting facts to make the Palestinian terrorism look acceptable.

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The long talk

 

When confronted by the Jewish students, who found her presentation offensive, she simply brushed them off without bothering to provide facts about her statements.

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Despite the fact that such presentations are disguised as criticism of Israel and the Zionism, the bitter experience of many Jews is that eventually the “anti-Zionism” criticism gets so broad that everybody who is not ashamed to be a Jew becomes a target.

The need to confront and expose such views makes events like the York University vigil even more important.

 

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