CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan speaks at a press conference Thursday, July 12, 2007.
CTV.ca | Union may ban Israeli academics who support offensive
An Ontario union may ban Israeli academics from teaching or speaking at the province's universities unless they condemn the current military action in the Gaza Strip, according to the Globe and Mail, sparking a fierce debate.
The newspaper says the Ontario arm of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will introduce the proposal in a meeting next month.
It will call for "a ban on Israeli academics doing speaking, teaching or research work at Ontario universities" if they support Israel's military action.
The proposal was drafted after a Dec. 29 attack on an Islamic university in Gaza, which Israel claimed was connected to Hamas.
"Attacking an institution of learning is just beyond the pale," the Globe quoted CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan as saying. "They deliberately targeted an institution of learning. That's what the Nazis did."
I guess I wasn't in the wrong to be thinking of passing the Nazi crown from the US to Israel.
Comparing Israel to the Nazi regime, and potentially moving to censor Israeli academics, infuriated Bernie Farber, chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
He said the university may have been used by Hamas to store weapons, and it has not been confirmed either way.
"What happened at the university still is in question. Was it a place where arms are being stored?" he told the Globe. "Anyone who compares Jews and Nazis really enters into the dark realm of anti-Semitism. Mr. Ryan should be absolutely ashamed of himself."
I swear everytime something negitive is said..... it just has to be anti-semitism..... god forbid!
Maybe if Israel stopped acting like Nazis, they wouldn't be called Nazis...... gee, now there's a concept.
The latest Middle East conflict began on Dec. 27 when Israel retaliated against Hamas rocket attacks, which had intensified after the end of a truce agreement.
More than a week later, Gaza health officials report 550 people have been killed, of which an estimated 200 were civilians. About 2,500 have been wounded.
Meanwhile, Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israeli border towns.
The United Nations has called on both sides to stop fighting, and there is mounting international pressure for a ceasefire.
Hell, Israel has killed way more civilians then they have Hamas members.
You know, a few years ago, I never had a beef with Israel one way or the other..... but ever since their attack a couple of summers ago and how they conducted themselves back then.... and how they are conducting themselves now, they're just a bunch of ignorant, power tripping, childish nazis.... and this Sid Ryan explained it very clearly.
If our nation didn't support Nazi Germans in WWII and would refuse to allow them to teach our children in the past, why would we allow the same kind of people teaching our children now?