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AVI/HRC Campus Media Fellow op-ed on the discrimination faced by Jewish students at Concordia published in the National Post

On June 11th, 2024, Concordia University student Ora Bar got published in the National Post.

In her piece: “At Concordia, I watched as administrators sat back and allowed hate to fester,” Ora writes about the blatant discrimination she faced as a Jewish student, which was only exacerbated by the October 7th attacks.

“Their noise and violence revealed that they were not calling for peace, but for my erasure. My simple presence, as a proud Israeli Jew, was their provocation. When I questioned a university administrator who was present at the scene about what was being done in response, he merely said they were “there for everyone.” That meant being there for no one,” writes Ora.

“I witnessed firsthand how my lived experience was used as an academic exercise and exploited as a platform for disinformation and incitement of violence. Maybe my expectations for critical thinking and compassion were too high. But the culture of hate and intolerance I discovered is perpetuated by the university’s failure to address these alarming issues. Our leaders’ approach over the last decades paved the way for today’s hostile landscape.”

To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

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