An Anti-Semitic Purge At McGill University

​Despite suffering several public and humiliating reversals in various forums and venues, those pushing for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel have not dispensed with their pernicious campaign of hate. The latest outrage perpetrated by BDS activists occurred at McGill University, where a Jewish student and two non-Jewish students identified as pro-Israel were removed from their positions as directors of the Students Society of McGill University

  • Such things were unthinkable in Canada in my youth. Jews were well accepted, respected and even loved. It shows the power of propaganda. The media shifted slowly leftward as of the early 1980’s (in my experience), first publishing anti-Israel letters to the editor, then editorials, then biased news, then fake news. The people, politicians and institutions followed suit in due course.

    • LKurc

      “Jews were well accepted, respected and even loved.” Not in the Canada I grew up in.

      • Meaning?

        • Exile1981

          My experience has been some areas of Canada had antisemetic attitudes prior to the 80’s.

          • Alain

            Quebec comes to mind.

          • True, there was more in Quebec due to religious teachings.

        • harriet

          google antisemitism in Canada….pervasive

          • Wow. I’ve just read the Wikipedia article on this:
            I remember the Keegstra affair, and also the Zundel case not there mentioned. But here:
            Yet I viewed these cases as essentially marginal, not reflecting the spirit of ordinary Anglo-Canadians.

          • harriet

            please google antisemitism in Canada….goes back to the founding

            During the 1920s Canadian newspapers, both French and English, stigmatized Jews as dangerous aliens insinuating themselves into positions of influence, while at the same time—inconsistently, one might think—denouncing them at “the brains of the Communist movement.”[6] “Gentiles Only” signs were posted in public places—in the Toronto Island parks, for example. And antisemitic propaganda led, predictably, to antisemitic outrages.

            In 1933, Canadian Jews were traumatized by two events, again in Toronto: Jewish bathers at the Balmy Beach waterfront park were attacked by youths brandishing swastikas; and a baseball game at Christie Pits between a largely Jewish and an Anglo-Saxon team devolved, after the intervention of gangs carrying swastikas and shouting Nazi slogans, into street-fighting that went on for some six hours.

            Radical antisemitism in Québec found expression in Adrien Arcand’s Parti National Social Chrétien, a clerico-fascist Nazi knock-off that in 1937 established an Ontario wing, the National Social Christian Party. In one of his poems of this period, the great Montréal poet Abraham Moses Klein mocked Arcand as a bumbler who, in trying to formulate a party manifesto, couldn’t get beyond the first sentence: “À bas les maudits Juifs!”[7]

            But while parties like Arcand’s National-Social-Christians or the equally antisemitic Nationalist Party of Canada, founded in Winnipeg by William Whitaker and A. F. Hart Parker, could appropriately be described as fringe formations, their central doctrine had become mainstream. Most Canadians no doubt disapproved of the arson attack, during a Sabbath service, that destroyed a Montréal-area synagogue in the summer of 1937. And yet signs reading “No Jews or Dogs Allowed” appear to have been tolerated, as were politer versions of the same message like the notice posted at the entrance to St. Andrews Golf Club in Toronto: “After Sunday, June 20 [1937], this course will be restricted to Gentiles only. Please do not question this policy.”[8]…..


        • laja kurc

          Where do I begin:
          – In WWII, of all the Western nations Canada took in the least amount of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany (approximately 5,000 between 1935 to 48). The island Dominican Republic took in 10,000. “None is Too Many”. 1984 Abella and Troper.

          – Post WWII, Canada was number two in the world when it came to accepting Nazi war criminals. Argentina was number one. The “Le Dain Commission” 1972 – 73. Le Dain was the dean of Osgoode Law School. The Vichy French ones went to Quebec, the Ukrainians went to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and Germans, Estonians, Lithuanians, and Latvians went to Ontario.

          – in 1943 Canada established a prison camp in Truro, Nova Scotia to house Jewish men ages16 -45 who had managed to escape from Germany with the excuse that they were a threat because they came from an axis country. (As far as I know Canada was the only allied country that did this). My late father-in-law was stationed at a nearby military base and a witness. They were released late in 1944 and allowed into the country but only if they had a sponsor.

          – even Jewish child refugees were not allowed in without sponsors. The Bronfman family put up a million dollars as a surety for 1,000 children.

          – For anti-semitism in Quebec, you might find two of Mordechai Richler’s books, “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz”, and “Oh Canada, Oh Quebec” enlightning.
          Anti-semitism is still alive and well in Quebec as the controversy over the Orthodox Jews in Outrement trying to build a new Schul iillustrates.

          I grew up in Ontario so I am most familiar with anti-semitism there.

          – “Christie Pitts Riot” August 16, 1933. Jews and Italians battled with Swastika clubs made up of Anglo Saxons carrying Nazi flags. Global Television produced a documentary about it. It was a major event in the history of Toronto.

          -Up until the 50’s there were signs on Toronto beaches that read “No Jews, Catholics or Dogs Allowed”. There were similar signs in the Muskokas.

          – Jewish doctors were denied privileges at Sick Kids Hospital until 1954. The original Mount Sinai hospital was built in 1923 because Jewish doctors could not get privileges in the other hospitals until after WWII.

          – Jews could not be accountants until 1923. There were quotas at the professional faculties of the University of Toronto until after WWII.

          – Jews could not become members of the Granite Club until 1985.

          – Jews were not allowed in the Royal Canadian Yacht Club until about fifteen years ago.

          – Jews were not allowed into the Rosedale Country Club, the York Club, the Boulevard Club at least until the 90’s.

          And then there is also personal experience.
          When my husband was caddying at the St. George’s Club(early 60’s) he was fired when they found out that he was Jewish. He was told “we don’t want you people here”. This is just one example of many, many, many more.

          As for being loved today how do you explain the virulent anti-Zionist (Jewish) and BDS movements at York University, Ryerson, and U of T. And why do all Synagogues need armed security during the High Holidays?

          • Wow. Thank you, Iaja kurk. I vaguely knew some of the historical stuff, but not most of it. I spoke very naively there, based on my personal experience, in which anti-Semitism is just about absent. So I guess you are saying that anti-Semitism is very deeply rooted in Canada, and was only superficially absent at best.
            As for armed security around synagogues, surely the worry there today is Muslim attack?

  • vwVwwVwv

    But but but therussians

  • David Murrell

    Noah lew is a very articulate fellow, and did well to publicise McGill’s Jew hatred. But only a few media picked this up. The big media cartel are censoring the story.

  • harriet

    I wrote a letter to the university-here is their response

    Good afternoon.

    Thank you for contacting McGill’s alumni office with your concerns. Let

    me assure you that the University is dedicating its full attention to

    this matter.

    McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier, issued a

    statement in which she stressed the seriousness of the issue and

    outlined a concrete action plan which the University will implement

    immediately, starting with the launch of an investigation into the SSMU

    proceedings, and addressing broader concerns about antisemitism and

    safety on campus.

    You can read her full statement here:

    Again, thank you for taking the time to reach out to the alumni office

    with your concerns. We always appreciate hearing from our graduates, and

    value your opinions tremendously. Rest assured that all of the emails we

    have received on this issue have been conveyed to the senior

    administration and continue to play an instrumental role in informing

    and shaping reactions and policy.


  • Felix_Culpa

    Back in the 1940s, McGill had a cap on the number of Jewish students it accepted.