Article in McGill Student Newspaper Acts As Spokesperson For Anti-Israel Club

March 22, 2024

In her March 19 article in The Tribune, a McGill University student newspaper entitled: “McGill Grad Students for Palestine call on donors to withhold gifts to university over complicity in Israeli siege on Gaza,” Jasjot Grewal wrote that McGill university’s relationship with Israel is, de facto, supporting genocide.

On behalf of the graduate student group, McGill Grad Students for Palestine, she argued that donors should withhold their funds during the university’s fundraising day – McGill24. They also called for signatures advocating for McGill’s divestment from Israel entirely, including from their academic associations.

She wrote: “McGill Grad Students for Palestine explained the reasoning behind their campaign against donations to The Tribune, explaining that McGill continues to hold over $20 million in direct and indirectinvestments in companies complicit in the Israeli regime, while Israeli forces have “systematically destroyed” all universities and healthcare in Gaza.”

Her emotive allegations against Israel are made entirely without context. Her article’s one-sided appeal for sympathy makes it obvious that this call for divestment is not coming from a place of human empathy.

Five months ago, on October 7, thousands of Hamas terrorists invaded southern Israel from Gaza, raping, beheading and brutally murdering 1,200 innocent people. They took 253 hostages, including women and children, 130+ of whom are still in captivity. Hamas is not done, its leader, Yahye Sinwar, called October 7 just “a rehearsal,” and Hamas’s charter clearly calls for the annihilation of Israel.

Like many anti-Israel commentaries, not once did Grewal even mention Hamas, the victims of their massacre or the existing hostages. Hamas would be proud of her statements that Israel is gratuitously murdering Palestinians and destroying Palestinian infrastructure.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel has been unwillingly forced into a fight for its own survival. Israel takes unprecedented measures to limit civilian casualties. As John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies at the Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point, wrote: “The sole reason for civilian deaths in Gaza is Hamas. For Israel’s part, it’s taken more care to prevent them than any other army in human history.”

Hamas’s core strategy of using human shields, is a factor in their culpability. This includes hiding a tunnel under a baby’s crib, not allowing people to leave Gaza when they could have, not providing bomb shelters for their own electorate, and more.

Additionally, Hamas terrorists are regularly disguised as civilians, use ambulances to to transport themselves, and hide their weapons in schools, UNRWA facilities and mosques. They are intentionally putting Gaza’s educational and health infrastructure at risk. In so doing, they aim to garner international support, and to justify their massaged (more like conjured) casualty figures.

These casualty statistics originate from the “Gaza Health Ministry” which is controlled by Hamas, and can hardly be trusted on that fact alone, but there’s more. Abraham Wyner, professor of Statistics and Data Science at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, demonstrated their impossibility, showing how the “data” from Hamas is incredibly unlikely to be correct.

Hamas uses these factors to successfully complete their magic trick of inverting the narrative of perpetrator to innocent victim, to the ignorant applause of the McGill Grad Students for Palestine.

Accusing Israel of apartheid, as Grewal did, is another imaginative accusation. Under apartheid South Africa, Blacks had no black government representation and were largely not regarded as citizens. Israeli-Arabs, with full and equal rights, number 20% of Israel’s population and Arab members of Parliament represent them. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

Even in Judea & Samaria, called the “West Bank” by news media outlets, there is no apartheid, given that most Palestinians live under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and are not citizens of Israel.

Grewal mimicked McGill Grad Students for Palestine in calling Israel a “regime,” thus implying an authoritarian regime is ludicrous. Israel is the only liberal democratic state in the region, and where Jews and Arabs alike can vote and hold public office.

Luckily, the donors to McGill24 seem to concur. Donating half a million dollars more than last year, one assumes the donors are better informed than the McGill Grad Students for Palestine who have, at best, not done their research. Grewal asks whether McGill University “…want(s) to be on the right side of history”?

It is clear that they, along with their donors, want just that, to Grewal’s clear dismay.

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