So, there is a protest being organized against Jason Kenney on the afternoon of the Haifa University tribute dinner.
They have set up a Facebook page and it’s the usual crowd of Zion-loathers, commie freaks and
Gays for Jihad Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.
I don't get what the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre has to do with this at all. That's weird stuff!
Here are the beautiful organizations that are going to be protesting:
Afghans for Peace,
Caregiver's Action Centre,
Centre for Social Justice,
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA),
Common Cause Toronto,
Educators for Peace and Justice,
Faculty for Palestine (F4P),
Health for All,
Independent Jewish Voices - Canada,
Independent Jewish Voices – Toronto Chapter,
Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity Network,
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) Canada,
Justice for Mahjoub Network,
Justice for Migrant Workers,
Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project,
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network,
Munk OUT of UofT,
New Socialist Group (NSG),
No One Is Illegal – Toronto,
Not In Our Name (NION): Jews Opposing Zionism,
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP),
OPIRG - York,
The Public Health Social Justice Collective,
The Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu,
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA),
Queers for Social Justice (QFSJ),
Social Justice Committee of the United Jewish People’s Order (SJC-UJPO),
Toronto Haiti Action Committee,
Toronto Immigration Legal Committee,
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre,
Women in Solidarity with Palestine
Haifa is home to the most ethnically and religiously diverse population in Israel. Israeli Arabs have full rights under Israeli law. That doesn't mean they have a perfect situation, but it's a heck of a lot better for them in Israel than in any other country in the region. And certainly women and minorities (Druze, Bedouin, Circassian, Christian) have much better lives in Israel-and in Haifa in particular-than they would anywhere else in the Middle East.
The fact that a new Holocaust studies program is going to be set up in Haifa is a testament to the intellectual rigor of the university, and is a tribute to the actual diversity of both the university itself and the city of Haifa as well. It shows tolerance and demonstrates that the students of Haifa University are interested in exploring the history of the Jewish people-no matter what their ethnic, religious or national background.
This is unlike-for example-the "PhD" that Mahmoud Abbas has in Holocaust denial.
And, I don't know of any Jewish studies programs in Muslim countries that welcome students with diverse backgrounds. Hey, come to think of it, I don't know many that even want Jews there.
(Hint: that is actual apartheid-like in Saudi Arabia.)
I know this is all irrelevant to the protestors, but it has to be said.
Strangely-I don't see any Roma representation on this list.
I wonder if they got a Speed Dating style PR lesson recently?