This is an op-ed I wrote for the Link, the student newspaper at Concordia. To witness the circus that is the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism, and their hearings, visit www.cpcca.ca.
There is no ‘new’ anti-Semitism
Free speech stifled under guise of inquiry
The Link, December 1st 2009
by Aaron Lakoff
Aaron Lakoff is a communications student at Concordia University and a member of Not In Our Name Concordia, a campus-based anti-Zionist Jewish group.
The Israel/Palestine debate has been a controversial topic at Concordia in recent years. However, there is a point when discussion on a controversial issue can be used as a pretext for censorship and repression. With recent political manoeuvring within and beyond Concordia around this issue, I fear that we may be moving in that direction.