The administration at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, has deemed the poster at left offensive to some students and an infringement on civility and rights. The poster—while possibly not the best choice to convey a sophisticated and articulate argument for students to engage in Israeli Apartheid Week (a week of activities and events in dozens of universities all over the world, aimed to bring an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel)—is a pretty accurate representation of the military and political inequity between Israel and Palestine. It also rightfully represents the massive death toll of civilians in Gaza during Israel’s most recent military assault.
The move comes on the heels of a B’nai Brith advert in Canada’s National Post calling for an end to “Hate-Fests” festering on Canadian campuses. It seems there may be an orchestrated global movement to shut down free speech and academic freedom on campuses with active pro-Palestinian communities, and Carleton is topping the shameful list.
Disclosure: The links to the stories above are on a new blog, for which I am a contributor and site administrator.