Letter writing Challenge

TAKING A STAND AGAINST SAIA HATE EVENT

AT UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

WE NEED YOUR HELP!


Letters to the U of T against Hate Event scheduled for this Friday – must write soon by midnight!


BACKGROUND


The hate event is planned for this Friday December 18, 2020


The University group, SAIA, Student Against Israel Apartheid, a registered university group, has organized an event called, “Palestinian Political Prisoners and the Anti-Apartheid Student Resistance”, featuring participants with ties/affiliations with the PFLP.


Some info on speakers you should know:


The moderator Yafa Jarrar is the daughter of PFLP member Khalida Jarrar and the moderator is on record of supporting and justifying her mother’s actions


The two speakers are reported to be members of the Democratic Progressive Student Pole (DPSP) , a listed terrorist organization in Israel and an affiliate of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a listed terrorist organization in Canada.


See the event ad https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/palestinian-political-prisoners-the-anti-apartheid-student-resistance-tickets-131740233585


Many letters and phone calls to U of T Admin could make a difference


We must impress upon the U of T Admin that not denouncing the event organized by SAIA and allowing it to proceed will enable terrorism to be glorified on campus and will further promote an environment that allows antisemitism to thrive thereby putting the safety and security of Jewish and pro-Israel students at risk


We urge people to write to the University of Toronto to state our shared concerns about this event.


See WRITING POINTS and TWO SAMPLE LETTERS BELOW.


Each letter should attempt at being different. Letters will have less of an impact if they are all the same.


You can create your own letter using the following writing points or put a sample letter into your own words. Be polite. Let us know if you write by emailing andria@caef.ca


WRITING POINTS (only use a few of these points)

  • The U of T Admin should be ensuring that the U of T campus is a welcoming venue for ALL students. An event which singles out and discriminates against one group on campus, that is, the Jewish students, is against the university’s Human Rights policies.

  • At a time when the Arab world is turning to Israel for peace and normalization of relations, allowing an event so closely tied to the PFLP, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and authorized by the U of T, by its very essence, will promote hatred and is plainly wrong.

  • This event should be disavowed by U of T Admin – there should be no place on the U of T campus for an event based on hatred and misinformation

  • The PFLP is on the List of Terrorist Organization of the Canadian Government and should not be supported by the U of T and it’s student groups in any way.

  • Since both Ontario and Canada have officially adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, the U of T should condemn an event which by its very title foments hatred of Jews and by extension against Jewish students at the U of T.

  • Israel Apartheid Week had its beginning at the U of T which is a stain upon the university. This accusation of Israel Apartheid is a lie and has no merit. It is a myth promoted by those who want to condemn Israel.

  • The U of T has the right to stand by its moral convictions and denounce student groups if they hold events contrary to university policy.

  • The university has the right to disallow events from being held on campus or advertising that they are on behalf of the university if they go against campus policy. This holds true if they are held online.

  • The U of T will be legitimizing the message of hatred and glorification of terrorism promoted by this event if it does not denounce this event.

  • The new Antisemitism Working Group at the U of T should take this event into serious discussion.

  • The U of T should make every effort to make its campus a welcoming place for all students including Jewish students.

  • This SAIA event should be canceled. The purpose of the event is to denigrate Israel and will affect Jewish students on campus by creating Jew Hatred.

WRITE TO – write and phone (leaving a prepared voice message) to the President and others – this takes courage but is important. The SAIA event should be condemned


Meric Gertler, President

president@utoronto.ca 416-978-4163


The following link provides emails of other admins

https://www.president.utoronto.ca/contact

You can also contact Eventbrite at 1-877-620-9578 to cancel the University of Toronto SAIA event.


You can also contact Zoom which will be used to broadcast the event. Contact CEO Eric Yuan, Zoom, eric.yuan@zoom.us


Our sincerest thanks for participating. Please write to us if you do send a letter/place a call

Andria Spindel, Executive Director. Andria@caef.ca


REMINDER: Please do not copy letters – put in your own words…try and get your letter out by midnight tonight, Thursday, December 17

SAMPLE LETTER #1


Dear President Gertler,


I understand that SAIA, an official University of Toronto organization, is hosting a program this Friday entitled,“Palestinian Political Prisoners and the Anti-Apartheid Student Resistance”, using Eventbrite. Their advertising indicates that this event is associated with the terrorist organization PFLP, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. As you know, the PFLP is on the Canadian list of Terrorist organizations.


The myth of Israel as an Apartheid State originated at the University of Toronto and was supported by the U of T Administration in 2002; it was a lie meant to demonize Israel, the National Homeland of the Jewish people. Israel Apartheid Week has become a black mark against the U of T. Jewish students on campus have been made to feel unwelcome and under attack since its beginning. A university should be a welcoming place for all students but in fact is not for the Jewish students.