Jewish student targeted by McGill student government in alleged anti-Semitic bullying
Jordyn Wright, a Jewish student and part of the Student Society of McGill University’s (SSMU) Board of Directors, was targetted by her university’s student government over her decision to attend a trip to Israel sponsored by Hillel Montreal.
“This winter break, I have decided to participate in a trip called Face to Face that is being offered by Hillel Montreal, an organization that I have been involved with since I first arrived at McGill. The trip entails visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories to meet with politicians, journalists, and locals from all sides to better understand a very nuanced geopolitical conflict,” says Jordyn in her Facebook post.
“As a Jew, my connection to Israel is a core aspect of my identity, and I hoped that this trip would help me to experience Israel through a new lens,” she added.
Jordyn said that because of her decision to attend this trip, SSMU targetted her. “The SSMU President personally singled me out, and actively encouraged others to attack me.”
Jordyn further says that only she was targetted, “despite the fact that another non-Jewish Councillor will also be joining me on the trip.”
“I am outraged and disgusted, but not surprised. This is not the first time that Jewish students at McGill have been bullied out of student government,” she added.
The motion that was presented in SSMU’s council meeting on November 28th explicitly singles out Jordyn. Furthermore, the SSMU President Bryan Buraga also introduced amendments that only pertain to Jordyn and none of the other BoD going on the trip.
She was also interrogated by the university’s Sciences General Council for two hours.
The Science Executive committee also stated that she either withdraw from the trip or resign from her position.
“If I do not resign, I am being implicitly threatened with impeachment upon my return,” said Jordyn. “I have been the subject of thinly-veiled and blatant anti-Semitism.”
She ended her statement on Facebook by saying that she will not resign. She received a flurry of support.
Organizations such as Hillel, Hasbara Fellowships, Edmonton Jewish News and Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity at McGill, all came out in support of Jordyn.
However, some of her opponents believe that “this is a further instance of digging in and weaponizing SSMU governance structures to polarize this debate.”
Adam Amsel, the Vice President (External) of SSMU, commented on Jordyn’s post and stated that one would have to be “tone-deaf not to recognize that an Israeli educational trip [constitutes] a conflict of interest based on monetary gifts.”
However, Adin Chan, another BoD member with Jordyn who recently said he will not be attending the trip, responded by saying, “I think that the President of the student body personally introducing amendments to a bill (that already singled out the director in question) to overturn the decision made by the Board of Directors because he disagreed with that decision is precisely the weaponization of SSMU governance structures that further polarizes this debate and propagate toxic student government culture.”
The Post Millennial reached out to the McGill chapter of the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) for a comment on this matter. At the time of this article’s publishing, the SPHR has not responded. This article will be updated if a response is made.
A town in Quebec has become the center of unwanted attention due to its anti-Semitic roots that are still visible to this day.
In a neighbourhood of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a relic of the ’50s still remains in local law, though largely unenforced: the prohibition of the sale or rental of property to Jews.
This type of discrimination was once common across Quebec, a province that has a well-documented history of blatant anti-Semitism.
The regulation was put into place by local apple grower Alphonse Waegener, who still has a street named after him in the town. Waegener had divided his land into lots roughly 60 years ago, where he then put a ban on the rental or disposing of land to people of the “Jewish race” in public documents.
In total, over 350 houses are placed under Waegeners rules.
The Superior Court of Quebec recently called for the rule to be struck out, calling it a discriminatory and illegal relic that “has been tolerated to date.”
Montreal city council leader of the opposition Lionel Perez called the rule “shocking.”
“This shocking legacy of anti-Semitism in Quebec must make us aware of this issue, which is still so topical with the resurgence of hatred and prejudice towards Jewish communities,” he said in a tweet Tuesday.
On Waegener street, homeowners told La Presse that they were already aware of the anti-Semitic rule.
“Our lawyer informed us when we purchased the home three years ago. It’s in the papers,” said Nadine Mercier.
“It sure surprised us, our lawyer said that we no longer respected that, but it’s still surprising that it has lasted all these years.”
Another neighbour who spoke to the press expressed similar sentiments.
“I remember that there was a clause,” said Jean Patenaude, the home’s owner. “I don’t know what this gentleman had against Jews.”
Local landowners have put legal notices in the local newspaper to inform neighbours that they were in the process of cancelling the rule in hundreds of sales contracts, along with other “technical easements concerning construction limits.”
News of the Jewish ban shocked “conscience to such an extent” that it requires cancellation, wrote Justice Dallaire in December. “The values it sought to protect are indeed downgraded. “It survives all the same for the other terrains.
The son of Alphonse Waegener, Louis Waegener, is still alive and lives in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
“My father was involved with everyone, but you see, the Jews become masters of everything. That’s what he didn’t like. He had Jewish friends. He didn’t want any trouble with Canadians.”
“The fact is that these kinds of clauses were quite common in North America at the time. The idea was to expel Jews or Blacks from the neighbourhoods,” said Consultative Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations spokesperson David Oullette.
When it comes to the street and park named after Waegener, Oullette had more practical issues in mind. “The Jewish communities, including the Quebec Jewish community, are more concerned about the resurgence of anti-Semitism today,” said Ouellette.
The head of the New Jersey FBI has confirmed that the bomb found in the van of the two alleged domestic terrorists had the potential to kill or seriously injure people “up to five football fields away.”
The FBI head, who is also a New Jersey attorney, also confirmed that there was substantial material in the vehicle that could have been used to make a second bomb.
The attack, which played out on December 10 in Jersey City, took the lives of four innocent civilians, including police detective Joseph Seals, a father of five.
Seals’ tragic death was the first attack in what became a bloody spree killing, which left the neighbourhood in lockdown.
The majority of the victims were slain inside JC Koshoper Supermarket on MLK Boulevard.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito told NBC that Seals’ brave actions “probably saved dozens if not more lives.”
Authorities confirmed that the two suspects, Francine Graham and David Anderson, had done substantial research on the Jewish community center in Bayonne, though no further detail was given regarding their overall plan. The FBI did confirm, though, that the attack was targetted against the Jewish community, as well as law enforcement.
A next-door kosher supermarket was also cased out by the pair, who were heavily armed.
Weapons linked to the two included an AR-15 type assault rifle, a shotgun, a semiautomatic firearm, and a handgun. A fifth customized weapon was later discovered in a U-Haul, which also contained pipe bombs.
On January 11th, popular anonymous Twitter user @neontaster was doxed by former Young Turks reporter Michael Tracey.
Addressing his followers, @neontaster explained that Tracey’s threat to reveal his identity first began last February, with Tracey sending him an email stating, “I believe I have ascertained your identity … I believe it would be journalistically valid to reveal it given the platform you have accrued.”
The doxing comes after @neontaster asked Tracey to stop following him on Twitter—a reaction prompted by Tracey openly insulting him. Tracey began to leak details about @neontaster’s identity immediately, and within an hour of their interaction, the former TYT reporter published a thread revealing the identity of the then-anonymous user.
The recent spat between Tracey and @neontaster stems in-part from a disagreement over Tracey’s outspoken support for the Iranian regime. In the wake of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq by Iranian-backed militia in December, Tracey took it upon himself to become an ardent defender of the Iranian regime, which only a day ago admitted to shooting down a civilian airliner amidst its brief bombing campaign of U.S. bases in Iraq following President Trump’s removal of its top general, Qasem Soleimani, from the battlefield.
@neontaster took a contrasting position, not advocating for war or regime change, but speaking in favour of punitive action against the Iranian regime for its repeated attacks on American military personnel stationed in the Middle East.
The disagreement came to a head as Tracey first threatened to unmask @neontaster, followed up by a tweet purportedly revealing the pseudonymous commentator’s personal identity and that of his uncle.
Following Tracey’s doxing of @neontaster, the former TYT contributor remained unapologetic in the face of widespread condemnation. He wrote: “I will always feel great about seeking to identify the influence of prominent neoconservatives in DC and media power structure. If you are offended by that, I am glad. Cry about it.”
In subsequent responses, @neontaster highlighted what he felt was an anti-Semitic current below the surface of Tracey’s actions. The term “neocon” has been weaponized by white nationalists to refer to Jewish people engaged in politics. White supremacist academic Kevin MacDonald published a thesis outlining “Neoconservatism as a Jewish movement.” As a result, the use of the term, especially when directed at Jewish people, remains sensitive.
Disturbingly, white nationalists on Twitter have taken to celebrate Tracey’s exposé and labelling of @neontaster as supposed “neocon.”
Among the first to signal his support for Tracey’s doxing efforts of @neontaster was alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer, who notably added an Iranian flag to his Twitter profile and publicly “regretted” supporting Donald Trump in 2016.
Other anti-Semitic and white nationalist Twitter users chimed in, even those who admitted to never having heard of @neontaster’s account before the doxing.
Efforts to unmask @neontaster’s private identity are not new. White nationalists belonging to the “Groyper” movement—allies and followers of self-described “paleoconservative” Nicholas J. Fuentes, notable for his anti-Semitic views, were previously responsible for outing @neontaster’s identity following his outspoken criticism of their involuntarily celibate messiah.
When reached for comment about his efforts to chill @neontaster’s presence and speech on social media by outing him publicly, Tracey denied that his actions were inappropriate, claiming “journalistic validity” because of the other user’s familial ties. Tracey’s comments in full are provided here, with redaction of @neontaster’s personal information:
When asked for his comments on the ordeal, @neontaster encouraged people read the interactions that lead to the doxing before forming an opinion.
“I think the facts speak for themselves, and people are welcome to go read his tweets and decide whether he was acting in good faith or not.”
NBC came under serious fire on Twitter earlier today, as the outlet published an article by the Associated Press that many say reeks of anti-Semitic rhetoric.
The post text of the since-deleted tweet read as follows: “with the expansion of Orthodox communities outside NYC has come civic sparring, and some fear the recent violence may be an outgrowth of that conflict.”
That line, critics said, implied that Hasidic Jews had just stayed where they belonged in New York City, then there would have been less anti-Semitic violence, a stance which former New York City Assemblyman Dov Hikind calls “a sick and dangerous point of view.”
“The expansion of Hasidic communities in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Catskills and northern New Jersey has led to predictable sparring over new housing development and local political control,” the article reads, implying that an influx of Jews in any community would lead to “predictable sparring.”
In response to the fierce backlash over tweet, NBC deleted the post, replacing it with a more open-ended post text, “Anti-Semitism grows in Jewish communities in #NYC suburbs.”
NBC has yet responded to The Post Millennial’s request for comment, but did respond on Twitter on the decision to delete the offensive tweet.