Students condemn anti-Semitic hate crimes at York University

    TORONTO, July 7 /CNW/ - Toronto-Students at York University condemn
recent hateful anti-Semitic attacks that occurred in the Scott Library and
Student Centre. On July 2, anti-Semitic material was found in a bathroom of
Scott Library and today, an anti-Semitic attack occurred on the office of the
Jewish student association-Hillel in York's Student Centre.
    "University campuses are places of learning and must be free from all
forms of hate, including anti-Semitism," said Krisna Saravanamuttu, President
of the York Federation of Students. "Violent acts of hatred such as these are
an affront student rights on campus and must be condemned."
    The York Federation of Students has been working closely with students on
campus to undertake a campaign which seeks to fight anti-Semitism, as well as
racism and Islamophobia. The campaign is a local response to hatred at York,
but has been implemented on college and university campuses across Ontario
through the Canadian Federation of Students.
    "Forms of hatred such as anti-Semitism and racism deeply affect students
as they struggle to complete diplomas and degrees," said Shelley Melanson,
Chair of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "These recent hate
crimes serve as a reminder to all of the work students must continue to
undertake to ensure that all forms of oppression and hatred have no place on

    The York Federation of Students represents all 49,000 undergraduate
students at York University. The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
unites more than 300,000 college and university students at 38 students'
unions across the province, including all York undergraduate and graduate

For further information:

For further information: Krisna Saravanamuttu, President, York
Federation of Students, (647) 448-0576 (cell); Shelley Melanson, Chairperson:
(416) 925-3825 or (416) 882-9927 (cell)

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