Silencing dissent: Pro-Israel event canceled due to threats in...
This one is not about France or Britain or Sweden. Some of you might recall that in 2002, Binyamin Netanyahu, who was not the Prime Minister of Israel at the time, was prevented from speaking by violent 'protesters' at Concordia University in Montreal
. Now, it's happened again. A pro-Israel program at Concordia has been canceled due to specific threats of violence
CIJR and CAMERA were schedule to host Canadian MP Marc Garneau for a
talk about Canada-Israel relations. When Montreal police alerted CIJR
that there was an organized protest scheduled for outside of the event,
CIJR moved to postpone the lecture indefinitely.
According to the Concordian, those who intended to attend the lecture were informed that it was canceled via Facebook.
Bradley Martin, CAMERA Fellow and Representative for Montreal and a
student at Concordia, wrote on the event’s Facebook page at around noon
on Jan. 12 announcing the talk had been cancelled because the Montreal
Police had notified them of a violent protest was set to take place
because of this event. At around 7 p.m., Martin posted to clarify what
had happened, writing the following: “This morning, the Montreal Police
informed CIJR that their cyber division detected a planned protest of
the event. This protest was estimated to consist of about sixty
demonstrators and considered to be hostile and violent. Under the
circumstances, it was determined that the venue could not be secured
properly and the safety of attendants would be at risk. It was therefore
decided that the event would not take place as planned and be postponed
In the post, Martin spoke for both organizations and said that they
were very unhappy with the situation. “We are very disappointed and
outraged about the fact that our rights, and the rights of an elected
Member of Parliament, to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly have
been compromised,” Martin wrote.
“Threats of violence and intimidation
tactics are not acceptable behaviors and cannot be tolerated under any
circumstances. We live in a beautiful country, where the freedom of
speech and assembly are foundational to our way of life.”
Jack Kinsler, CIJR’s National Chairman, made the decision to cancel the event and told the Concordian
that he felt the they had no choice but to cancel the event because the
call from the police happened so soon before the talk was set to
happen, and because they hadn’t organized the event themselves.
"On the very same day that 40 world leaders joined one million people
in Paris, France in a march to honor the 17 innocent victims murdered by
radical Islamists, the Montreal community was targeted by it's own
extremists," Aviva Slomich, International Director of CAMERA on Campus
told TruthRevolt. "CAMERA, along with the Canadian Institute
for Jewish Research, had scheduled months in advance Canadian Member of
Parliament Marc Garneau to speak on Canadian- Israeli Relations."
Free speech anyone?
Labels: anti-Semitism, freedom of speech, Islamic terrorism, Montreal