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A Prof Renounces Anti-Semitism By: David Bercuson
Israel Action Committee | Wednesday, January 22, 2003


December 5, 2002

I have today e-mailed the attached message to the Rector of Concordia University in the matter of the banning, by the Concordia Student Union, of the Concordia chapter of Hillel from CSU activities. If you need more details on this issue, they are easily discovered from several dozen sources on the net.

I have never used my mailing list in this way before and I hope never to have to use it in this way again. But the action taken today by the Concordia Student Union is one that I cannot let go unanswered. I want as many people as I know to be aware of this outrageous act of Anti-Semitism because Hillel is a JEWISH student organization, not an Israeli one. The CSU's actions are a flagrant effort to disenfranchise an organized JEWISH voice on the Concordia campus. It is an act that brings to mind Germany in the 1930s. I hope many of you will agree. I hope you will spread the word as widely as possible and that those of you who are in positions to do so will do whatever you can to show your public rejection of this type of behaviour on a Canadian campus.

To Frederick Lowy, Rector, Concordia University: I will be mailing to you next week my 1966 diploma, my honourary degree, and my 1966 silver medal. I was once immensely proud of my associations with SGWU [Sir George William University, which joined with Loyola University to form Concordia] and Concordia. Now these items are symbols of shame. Of course my fundamental objection is to the gang of Hitler Jugend who control the Student Union at your university. But I am equally disturbed at the complete failure of you and your board to take any action against that gang other than to quote rules about how student unions are constituted.

Normal rules apply in situations of normal behaviour. When a gang such as the CSU moves to destroy a university from within, action must be taken. I don't care if you have to go to the Supreme Court of Canada to disbar this bunch because at least then you will be seen to be taking a stand to defend the values upon which Canadian universities must be based. I will also be circulating this letter as widely as I can to everyone I know in the media as well as academia so that the harsh might of public inquiry will be made to shine brightly into the dark corners of what was once an institution to be proud of.

David J. Bercuson is Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and Professor of History at the University of Calgary.

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