REAL CLEAR ISRAEL is Diane Weber Bederman – Jewish Org. suing for Reparations for discrimination on Campus

Jewish Org. suing for Reparations for discrimination on Campus.


Robert Walker, National Director Hasbara Fellowships Canada is taking on all universities and colleges who participate in and promote BDS discrimination by targeting one such place of “higher” education; the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario and their affiliated college, Durham College.

He is taking the Student Association & Faculty Association of the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology (UOIT) to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

He told me,

“Jewish and Israeli students can look at this action and feel confident that when they face open discrimination on Canadian campuses, we will be there to support them and that we will use every resource available to fight for Jewish and Israeli students.”

This is a milestone for many reasons.  But one of the most important is that finally we have young Jewish leaders who are fearless and courageous and will not remain silent like too many leaders in the Jewish community who still hold on to that old shtetl mentality.

In Canada our Liberal Government has told us over and over that discrimination will not be tolerated in our diverse and tolerant, inclusive and accommodating country.  The same has been said in the province of Ontario where this precedent-setting action is taking place.   We must win this action so that the Jewish students around the world will know that hate toward Jews for being Jewish and hate toward Israelis for beings Israeli will not be countenanced.

For those unfamiliar with Canada’s Human Rights Tribunals, anyone who feels they have been discriminated against can turn to these Tribunals for recourse.  There are twenty categories. Mr. Walker is going to the tribunal alleging discrimination on the basis ofancestry, place of origin, citizenship, ethnic origin, creed, association with a person identified by a ground listed above.

February 26, 2016, Hasbara was invited by Denise Martins, the executive assistant to the Faculty Association to participate in an information fair during Social Justice Week March 7.  Mr. Walker sent in all the information required and heard back on March 3, just four days before the event, that Hasbara Fellowships Canada was not welcome.  The Student Association (SA) had voted for BDS and because Hasbara was somehow associated with Israel, the request was being denied. Jesse Cullen the President of the SA at the time compared AISH, the organization with which Hasbara is associated, to the KKK.

Israel and the Jewish community have been under constant attack.  BDS is the largest organization working, today, to destroy Israel.  They are not encouraging peaceful discussion or even pretend any longer-if ever- that they want a two-state solution.  Yet, too many in the non-Jewish world (and far too many Jews) choose to believe that it is Israel standing in the way of peace.  This despite the fact that the leaders of the BDS movement have clearly stated that they do not want Israel to exist and that any attempt to “normalize “relations with Israel must be stopped in its tracks.

Is the student association of the University of Technology in Oshawa and Durham College (SADCUOIT) aware of this?  Is the Faculty (FAUOIT) aware of this?  Well ignorance is no excuse for their bigoted, antisemitic attacks on free speech and the freedom to assemble.

Here are the facts about the BDS campaign straight from the horses’ mouths.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is demanding that “all contact between Palestinians and Israelis be severed, lest they “normalize” the existence of Israel.”

BDS leader Omar Barghouti

“lamented that the Palestinian Authority, as well as other Arab states, were not toeing the line against Israel: ‘If official Palestinian normalization had not reached this level, nobody would have dared to host Israeli delegations in Saudi Arabia, sports delegations in Qatar, trade delegations in the UAE, and delegations in Bahrain, Morocco and so on. Official Arab normalization has reached critical proportions.’”

In his 2007 One-State Declaration, Barghouti wrote:

“The two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is really dead.  Good riddance!  We are witnessing the rapid demise of Zionism and nothing can be done to save it. I, for one, support euthanasia.” 

We hear this tune all the time, especially from the ayatollahs of Iran, now flush with billions of dollars from President Obama.

Omar Barghouti, GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEL AVIV, the man behind the attacks on Israel, received his education in the country he calls apartheid.


Jewish Org. suing for Reparations for discrimination on Campus.

Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground: The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community and Canada Free Press.

Diane’s Book “Back to the Ethic”  Reclaiming Western Values is available at  AMAZON

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