On Monday, the Jewish Students' Union hosted Israel Day in the University Community Centre. On the same day, at the main entrance of the UCC, some Middle-Eastern students decided to hand out "fact" sheets on the state of Israel. Their "fact" sheet was not pro-Palestinian, and it was not even pro-peace. It was simply and blatantly anti-Israel.
This sheet attacked Israel politically, giving countless, unreferenced statistics on the injustices of Israel. That they chose this day to voice their opinions really makes one think.
Israel Day at Western was not a political event of any kind; it was a day to celebrate the sights, food, music, religions and the peoples of Israel. Yet, while the children of London Hebrew School danced and sang in the atrium, and while Jews and non-Jews ate Israeli food and listened to traditional music, these students indifferently handed out their malicious "facts" about Israel.
Now, I am an advocate of free speech, even if this free speech is born from hate. But I am a much stronger advocate of respect and consideration. Shame on those who deny people the fundamental right to celebrate their country and culture.
Honours Classical Studies III