Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

March 03, 2009 09:31 ET

Toronto Universities Confer With FSWC to Help Protect Jewish Students in Response to Hate-Filled Week

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's President and CEO, Avi Benlolo spoke with five university Presidents and Vice Presidents about "Israeli Apartheid Week", which is taking place on university campuses this week.

The group of university leaders was very responsive to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC), a broad based human rights organization comprising 25,000 Canadian members and 400,000 internationally. FSWC asked the university heads to implement a policy of "zero tolerance to antisemitism" on campus.

FSWC also urged the university heads to consider and act upon the following:

- That "Israeli Apartheid Week" is a hateful event that promotes and fuels antisemitism on campus;

- That freedom of speech should not mean freedom to foment antisemitism and victimize Jewish students and faculty;

- That antisemitism on university campuses is spilling over into the wider community;

- That the public believes universities are accountable and complicit because university property is in usage;

- That university administrations will be held accountable for any violence that might erupt on campus;

- That Jewish students have the right to a safe and secure environment on campus

FSWC will continue dialoguing with the universities to ensure the above considerations are enacted. At the same time, FSWC will be monitoring and recording all incidents on university campuses, particularly with respect to antisemitism and hate speech. FSWC has already released an educational video about "Israeli Apartheid Week" which can be viewed at www.fswc.ca.

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. Visit: www.fswc.ca for more information.

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