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Canada ‘I was shocked’: Doug Ford denounces protest during pro-Israel event at York University

23:40  21 november  2019
23:40  21 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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This anti-Israel mob was protesting a pro - Israel event , that featured reservists from the Israel Defense Forces. So naturally all hell broke lose. There was a time when York University was home to a huge and thriving Jewish student body. The university would practically shut down during the

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters gathered at York University Wednesday ahead of an event featuring speeches from former members of the Israeli Defence Forces.© Simon Wiesenthal Center Protesters gathered at York University Wednesday ahead of an event featuring speeches from former members of the Israeli Defence Forces.

Premier Doug Ford has denounced a protest that took place during a pro-Israel event York University Wednesday evening, saying he was "shocked" at news of the event.

Protesters gathered outside of Vari Hall ahead of the event that saw speeches from members of Reservists On Duty, an organization founded by former members of the Israeli Defence Forces.

"I was shocked by the vile hatred that was on display last night at York University," Ford tweeted Thursday afternoon.

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"I have been clear that there is no place in Ontario for racism and hatred. My caucus and I stand with the students at York University who had to endure this."

Toronto police told Global News officers were on scene for the event and while it was "largely peaceful," some scuffles did break out.

Police said people who got into physical altercations were removed from the area and released without charges. Officials said a person was injured, but it is unclear how serious their injuries were.

York University President Rhonda Lenton released a statement Thursday afternoon and said the university is in the process of reviewing what happened at the event.

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Whereas the pro - Israel supporters were mainly university students, the Pro -Palestinian protesters ‘swarmed’ an ‘island of Israel supporters’ at the conclusion of an Perched out of windows high above the protest , Israeli consulate staffers – unable to participate in the event by law – took video of the

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"I want to emphasize in the strongest possible terms that acts of violence are not tolerated on our campuses and York University has zero tolerance for hate," Lenton said.

"In democratic societies, universities play a central role in facilitating debate on difficult issues. Shouting, threats of violence and attempts to intimidate community members are not consistent with the responsibilities we all share."

Ilan Orzy, the director of advocacy and issues management for Jewish student group Hillel Ontario, said while Jewish students normally feel safe at York University, Wednesday's events were "troubling."

"Freedom of speech is something that we obviously stand for and as does York University I'm sure," he said.

"I think that there could have been more precautions taken into consideration to make sure that things didn't get out of hand."

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