Open Letter to the President of York University

Attention President M. Shoukri,

I am very concerned about your recent statement regarding the antisemitic mural at York University.  You have not given any indication that action will be taken to remove the mural. Jewish students have been very vocal that they do not feel safe on campus and the mural is a call for violence.

Please do the right thing and remove the mural.

On January 28, you called for a  “Presidents Advisory Committee on Inclusion”  to be established.  I am very concerned about the composition of such a committee, because in 2009, there was an anti-racism task force created  at York University to deal with similar issues on campus.   And some of the members on that task force were involved in fostering antisemitism on campus.  I sent you a letter back then with details about that task force.   On one such occasion, Jewish students had to be barricaded in a room until police arrived.

According to the “Students United Against Racism” web site, one of the Task Force Members listed was  Ali Mallah and this is how they described him:

“Ali Mallah has served on the Board of Directors of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations for two terms. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Social Justice (including having served one term as Treasurer). Ali has represented the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Canadian Peace Alliance at International Conferences in the USA, UK and Egypt. He is currently the Ontario Vice-President of the Canadian Arab Federation.”

According to this short bio, Ali Mallah “represented the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Canadian Peace Alliance at International Conferences in…Egypt.” The conference in Egypt was sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood Organization and reported Antiwar group backs working with Mideast radicals in the Ottawa Citizen May 9 2007:

“Ali Mallah, who represented the Canadian Arab Federation, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and two antiwar groups, said Canadian delegates “made a very important contribution” in Cairo.”

Also, in 2015, a Federal Court judge ruled that the Canadian Arab Federation could reasonably be seen as supporting banned terrorist groups that are antisemitic.

I would like to meet with you to discuss these issues with you.

Thank you,

Meir Weinstein, National Director
Jewish Defence League of Canada