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Recommendation Letter from Marvin Rotrand, UAHC to Deep Saini, President & Vice Chancellor, McGill University

June 12, 2024

Deep Saini

President and Vice Chancellor

McGill University

Room 506 James Administration Building

845 Sherbrooke Street West

Montréal (Québec) H3A 0G4

Dear Mr. Saini,

As mentioned in our letter of February 28 when we wrote about the shutdown by

anti-Israel protesters of the Bronfman Building, United Against Hate Canada is an

organization formed to promote cross cultural communication with a focus on dialogue

between different religious and racial minorities.

Our Board hails from numerous communities and is particularly concerned by the

unprecedented upsurge in antisemitism witnessed in Canada over the past months.

The recently issued B’nai Brith audit of antisemitic incidents showed a 109% increase

in such incidents in 2023 and police reporting for Q1 2024 suggested the record level

seen last year will be surpassed this year.

McGill has not been immune from antisemitism, much of it driven by those calling for the

destruction of Israel, the Jewish homeland. There has been openly expressed support

on campus for Hamas, a banned terrorist entity in Canada, that on October 7 brutally

massacred over 1200 Israelis.

Permit me to question the wisdom of McGill ceding to escalating pressure from

protesters who are calling on the university to be complicit in the false accusations

of genocide against Israel. The university is now offering to consider the shameful

demands to punish Israel and has actually proposed an amnesty to the protesters.

We write today to make a far more reasonable demand.

We call on McGill to boycott, divest and sanction all nations, businesses and

institutions that fund Hamas as well as cutting ties with all industries and

academic institutions that have links with the Islamic Republic of Iran and

its proxies including Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis and other terrorist entities.

A lack of will to act has put McGill in a situation that other Canadian universities avoided

by taking resolute action. Elsewhere illegal encampments were quickly removed.

McGill today is dealing from a position of weakness with a relatively small group of

masked protesters, many of whom are likely not McGill students.

The message the public is receiving is that McGill is supine and will bend to the

protesters maximalist demands.

Elsewhere it has been shown that encampments have been coordinated by Samidoun,

a front group for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, another banned

terrorist entity. We wonder if we will discover that Samidoun agents are involved in the

situation at McGill.

It is time for McGill to stand with its Jewish students who have been victimized

for months now on campus. It is time for McGill to stand with the Canadian public

which is horrified with on-going terror and the efforts of Hamas supporters in Canada

to delegitimize Israel’s right to defend itself and to free the hostages kidnapped

and brutalized by Hamas.

We would be pleased to meet with you to negotiate the timeline for McGill’s boycotting

divesting and sanctioning all connected to the above named terror organizations

and their state based sponsors.

Yours truly,

Marvin Rotrand

Director General

United Against Hate Canada

c.c. CIJA, B’nai Brith, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Raoul Wallenberg Centre

for Human Rights, Deborah Lyons

1 Comment

The level of incompetence emanating from McGill leadership is astonishing. I have to question the quality of their legal advice when they ask the Quebec courts for permission to do what is in their authority. Even if McGill is too daft to work that out on their own, in any kind of timely manner, they ought to have cottoned on and followed the example of other US and Canadian institutions. To those who would countenance indulgence of those naive students amongst the protesters, I would say the following: the few students are being exploited by the antisemites for their nefarious purpose. It's time for them to learn the hard truth - that so called 'civil disobedience' also entails consequence. A…

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