HATE SPEECH ON CAMPUS WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED

Following a joint effort by the Canadian organization Hasbara Fellowship and the ILF, the McGill University in Montreal called upon Igor Sadikov, a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors of the Students’ Society, to resign.

Last week, Igor Sadikov, a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) called fellow students to “punch a Zionist today” on social media.

The ILF offered its assistance and legal expertise in order to draft a letter to the University Heads demanding Mr. Sadikov’s resignation.
The letter emphasized the fact that such a statement clearly constitutes incitement to violence, borderlines on a criminal offence, and is undoubtedly in breach of the University’s regulations.

The ILF also referred to SSMU’s Constitution which requires the University to “perform its duties without discrimination on the basis of among others, race, national or ethnic origin or religion.

Furthermore the ILF cited the University’s judicial board’s decision from May 31, 2016, which argued that “harassment and/or discrimination on these bases are serious offences that undermine its constitutional commitment to respect”.

The ILF claimed that the University is obligated to ensure the well-being of its students, not only in the physical sense, but in their ability to freely express their political views, their religion, and country of origin.

Following the letter the SSMU Executive Committee published a press release calling for Mr. Sadikov’s resignation.

Such behavior should not and cannot be tolerate under any circumstances, and the ILF will continue to do all in its power to ensure such incidents are addressed accordingly.