Canada and the UK are “pioneers” of campus antisemitism, expert says

Current and former university presidents to address the issue of antisemitism on
campus as Canadian MPs continue inquiry

(November 19th, 2009)

At the second hearing of the Canadian Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism,
parliamentarians listened to testimony about the issue of antisemitism at some
Canadian Universities. “Among democratic countries, Canada and the United
Kingdom are the international pioneers in this field,” said Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld,
Director of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. “Your country’s image is
increasingly being tainted abroad, by both the incidents of antisemitic hatred on a
number of your campuses, and also the poor reactions of campus administrations
against it.”

The CPCCA has invited the Presidents of major Canadian universities to testify about
the problem of antisemitism on some campuses in Canada, and hopefully explain to
the panel what can be done about it.

Representatives from five universities will be appearing before the Panel on Tuesday
November 24th, including:

  • Dr. Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University.
  • Prof. Patrick Monahan, Vice-President Academic and Provost, York University.
  • Dr. Fred Lowy, President Emeritus, Concordia University.
  • Dr. Bernard Shapiro, President Emeritus, McGill University.
  • Ms. Francine Page, Director, Centre for Equity and Human Rights, University of Ottawa.
  • Mr. Robert Steiner, Assistant Vice-President, University of Toronto.

For more information on the Parliamentary Inquiry, as well as dates and locations of
hearings, visit