To speak: perchance to be expelled—ay, there's the rub!

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Article/book #: 7824
Title: To speak: perchance to be expelled—ay, there's the rub!
By: Greg Felton  
Published in: Media Monitors Network
Date of issue: Thursday, 8 July 2004
Topic(s) addressed:
Commentary

Abstract:

»To hear university president Lorna Marsden tell it, Freeman-Maloy twice disrupted classes this year by leading two protests and using a megaphone—what she generically called “an unauthorized sound amplification device.” The second one, on March 16, marked the anniversary of the murder of Rachel Corrie. For his rabble-rousing, the third-year political science student has been denied the right to re-register for three years, effectively denying him the right to finish his degree. Not only that, he is banned from campus under penalty of trespass, which means he cannot even find work as a research assistant. «

»The only way to make sense of this absurd scenario is to look into the political motives driving it. You see, Freeman-Maloy is a righteous Jew who proudly and publicly champions Palestinian human rights.† As such, he is an embarrassment to zionist lobby groups and Marsden, whose pro-Israel bias is shamefully conspicuous. Freeman-Maloy’s banishment must be seen as an abuse of power by a university president more interested in pandering to Toronto’s Jewish community than in upholding academic freedom and intellectual honesty.«

»In September 2003, Freeman-Maloy condemned as “racist” Marsden’s introduction of the odious Israeli diaspora Minister Natan Sharansky, as “a symbol of the struggle for human rights.” Obviously, Marsden is unaware that Sharansky is primarily responsible for promoting the theft of Arab land for Jewish “settlers.” Marsden’s zionist credentials really shone when she overruled the management of York’s Student Centre and allowed U.S. anti-Muslim zealot Daniel Pipes to deliver a lecture “Barriers to Peace in the Middle East.” The centre refused to hold the event because of security concerns, which, given the animosity between zionist and Palestinian groups, was understandable.«











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