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Open Season on Conservatives & Jews at McGill

By on 3.22.11 | 10:02AM

Apparently, it's open season on conservatives and Jews at McGill University in Montreal.

Earlier this month, the McGill Conservative & Libertarians clubs sponsored a screening of the film Indoctrinate U, a documentary about left-wing bias on university campuses in North America. A student named Haaris Khan was amongst those in attendance. The film must have made quite the impression because Khan took to Twitter and said amongst other things "I want to shoot everyone in this room," and "I should have brought an M-16." Khan also described the documentary as "a Zionist/Conservative propaganda film." It should be noted that the screening was sponsored by McGill's Conservative & Libertarian clubs. The day after the screenings, Khan tweeted, "The jihad begins today."

Incredibly, McGill declined to discipline Khan. Montreal police, however, are continuing their investigation into the incident. However, I would be surprised if criminal charges are forthcoming. For his part, Khan has issued your standard non-apology apology in which he insists he is not anti-Semitic because his sister-in-law and niece are Jewish but proudly declares, "I am an anti-Zionist."

Mookie Kideckel, an editor at The McGill Tribune, is not surprised by the turn of events:

The morning before we published the story about Haaris Khan's tweets last week, I think I startled one of my fellow editors. She was convinced that the story was a huge deal, that there would be a unanimous outcry, that this was one of those things that transcends politics and gets right to the roots of how people are supposed to treat each other. I was a bit more blasé. Sure, I said, this is some scary stuff. But we're talking about words that mention Jews here. That's not "real racism." A lot of people will be upset about this, but many will find ways to dismiss it as nothing, thinking that so much as printing that article is little more than another conservative attack against innocent Muslims daring to question Israel's hegemonic power. She disagreed, and I hoped my cynicism would be disproven. Unfortunately, in this case, I think I turned out to be right.

Not only is Kideckel right but I think we will not only see more incidents like this on college campuses but we will also see more university administrations unwilling to do anything about them.

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