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September 14, 2002

L'affaire Netanyahu, Part III

I am still reeling from the violent assault on democracy in Montreal by the supporters of the Palestinian Arabs. On 12 September 2002, Canada’s Globe and Mail ran an article which elaborated on the background to this assault on democracy, and my shock has doubled. To serve as a permantent record, here are selected excerpts from the article by William Johnson, entitled, The yahoos who shamed Canada:

Call it poetic justice. The pro-Palestinian ultras who prevented Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at Montreal's Concordia University on Monday, achieved the antithesis of what they wanted.

By rioting against an eminent foreign visitor's presence on a university campus, they gave Israel's former prime minister an international spotlight he could never have commanded without the smashed windows, attacks on police, the kicking and spitting on Jews, and bullying of those who came to hear the speaker...

Were this an isolated incident, that would end the story. But the riot highlighted recent years of gross pro-Palestinian agitation that divided the students of misnamed Concordia and set a majority against the misnamed Concordia Student Union Council.

Consider. During Monday's confrontation, a familiar figure leaped on the roof of a police van and harangued the crowd with a megaphone. This was Laith Marouf, a Syrian national whose father is in Montreal working for an international agency, with diplomatic immunity.

Mr. Marouf was banned last year from the campus by rector Frederick Lowy after he was caught a second time in a week spraying anti-Israel graffiti on university walls. He broke away from the guards and sprinted to the student council office (he was then vice-president of the student union), where an altercation occurred...

At the time, Mr. Marouf's standing was designated "failed." He went to court to appeal his expulsion -- his costs were assumed by the student union, to which every student must contribute (though only 9 per cent of students had voted in last year's council elections). The court rejected his petition and imposed costs, to be paid to the university.

Last year's student council included Samer Elatrash, who is of Palestinian origin and who was one of seven people arrested in April for occupying the office of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, who is Jewish. Mr. Elatrash was a main organizer of Monday's action...

Last year's council put out to all students an "agenda" book (Uprising) paid for by student fees. It waxed lyrical over the intifada, designated May 15 (Israel's independence day) as Al Nakba (The Catastrophe), and July 1 as Anti-Canada Day, when students are urged to "burn the Canadian flag."

It advised students not to pay rent. "Squatting is simply the acceptance of the illegitimacy of rent." It reflected on Steal Something Day: "Stealing is the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor." It recommended a shoplifting spree at the local mall, and described the university's governors, many from large corporations, as "mass murderers."

Is the current student council more representative? Two signs are posted on the council wall: "America is a Terrorist State," and "Globalize the Intifada."

I’m beginning to feel as though my country, Canada, is an “occupied territory”, occupied by violent supporters of the Palestinian Arabs for whom democracy is expendable. And it would appear that the authorities are either indifferent or intimidated, as no serious steps have been taken against those who consider July 1 to be “Anti-Canada Day”.
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland