Columnist In University Of Toronto Student Newspaper Denies Israel’s Right To Exist And Waxes Poetic On Tiny Hate Mob On Campus

June 20, 2024

In a barely comprehensible ode to the anti-Israel hate mob at the University of Toronto published June 14 in The Varsity, a student newspaper at the university, student Aida Qazi waxed poetic about the miniscule protest at the school.

Qazi’s column entitled: “Threads of resistance: Weaving culture and activism at U of T’s People’s Circle of Palestine,” lectured readers that “it’s important to understand why culture and art are critical to protests, to the encampment, and to raising awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.” (sic)

However, Qazi’s column was less about Palestinian “culture and art,” and more about overt-Israel bashing.

Using the tiny occupation at the University of Toronto as her inspiration, where perhaps 40 individuals, most of whom are not students – out of nearly 100,000 students at the university – have created a festering open sore of violence and harassment, physically preventing those they deem undesirable from entering, Qazi seeks to convince readers that the popular anti-Israel chant of “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” is far less nefarious than one might expect.

“The part of the slogan, “Palestine will be free,” expresses the desire for equality and liberation from Israel’s occupation since 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” Qazi wrote.

Even an elementary understanding of geography would show Qazi is engaging in shameless misrepresentation of the facts. Even if one wanted a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank (which Israel has indeed offered to the Palestinians, and which they were offered in the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, which they rejected), “from the river to the sea” is explicitly referencing the entirety of Israel, which lies between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Despite Qazi’s attempted gaslighting of readers into believing that anti-Israel hate chants are really peaceful in nature, she soon dropped the mask entirely, making reference to what she calls “76 years of Israeli occupation.”

Seventy six years ago refers to 1948, when Israel gained its independence, meaning that to Qazi, it is not “the West Bank and Gaza Strip” which are occupied, but clearly every square inch of Israel.

Qazi’s column is more than just whitewashing of hateful anti-Israel propaganda; it also features what can only be described as an attempt at humour, with the author introducing readers to one “camper named Jocelyn — who requested her last name to be anonymous due to safety concerns.”

It is unclear what supposed “safety concerns” the camper named “Jocelyn” has. After all, it is the goons inside the encampment who have engaged in violence, explicit support for Islamic terrorism, and efforts to intimidate, not the wider population at large, despite most Canadians opposing the hate mob.

Instead, Qazi’s willingness to give “Jocelyn” a pseudonym is a thinly-veiled effort to gain sympathy for a highly unsympathetic cause, and which is the perpetrator, not victim, of violence and illegal behaviour.

Qazi’s column, as nonsensical as it may be, is just the latest string in sycophantic media coverage of a marginal hate mob, helping to mainstream what is effectively a tiny and fringe movement of radical activists.

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