What To Do About The Increasingly Vicious Anti-Jew Campus Protests
On November 20 in Toronto, Canada, York University’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) tried to shut down a school-approved event featuring a panel of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veterans from Reservists on Duty, a group that travels to college campuses to provide facts about antisemitism and the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
SAIA attracted around 600 protesters representing students as well as entities outside the school. According to Reservists on Duty CEO Amit Deri, this was the first protest where the group encountered “a BDS and Antifa collaboration.” What resulted was antisemitic violence colored with calls for genocide as protestors attempted to intimidate, demonize, and disenfranchise Israelis, Zionists, and Jews.
The presence of Toronto Police and private security personnel did not keep protestors and attendees from intermingling. One video shows individuals shoving and trying to punch one another in a packed stairwell. A pro-Palestine protestor claims he was punched by a pro-Israel attendee. Reservists on Duty stated protestors “assaulted a few Jewish students.” One person was injured during the protest.
Several videos show protestors inside the event space disrupting the panel by shouting and waving images, which were likely similar to those SAIA distributed in advance of the event in which an IDF soldier was Photoshopped to appear to strangle a Palestinian child.
Outside the event space, large groups gathered, banging on doors and chanting over loudspeakers. According to the Jerusalem Post, several protestors told event organizers to “go back to the ovens.” Numerous videos show protestors chanting “Viva, Viva Intifada,” referencing deadly periods of Palestinian attacks on Israelis.
Per the Anti-Defamation League, during the Intifada of 1987 to 1990, “masses of civilians attacked Israeli troops with stones, axes, Molotov cocktails, hand grenades, and firearms.” The Second Intifada of 2000 was a “campaign of deadly terrorism targeting Israeli civilians on buses, restaurants and on city streets,” killing over 1,000 Israelis, and wounding thousands more.