A member of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University is facing calls for his resignation after tweeting “punch a Zionist today” on February 6, 2017, reported B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights.
Igor Sadikov, an advocate of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement at McGill is also a former news editor of The McGill Daily, the campus newspaper which recently came under fire for admitting that they refuse to publish “pieces which promote a Zionist worldview.”
Vote No McGill, a coalition of students who oppose BDS on campus found Sadikov’s actions “appalling” and called for his resignation.
“It is appalling that an elected representative who holds significant power within the McGill community is advocating violence against Zionists, a significant portion of McGill students. Tweets like these cause many McGill students, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to feel unsafe. We hope Mr. Sadikov will take responsibility for his actions and resign immediately. As long as Mr. Sadikov continues to hold power in AUS and SSMU, thousands of members of the McGill community will feel unsafe at their own school and threatened by their student government”, Vote No McGill posted on their Facebook page.
In a statement, National Director of B’nai Brith Amanda Hohman said: “This is clear incitement to violence, which should not be tolerated on the part of any student, let alone a student politician. We expect that this tweet will be taken for the serious example of incitement that it is, and Sadikov will be censured appropriately”.
“Further, Sadikov’s tweet only strengthens the case of those who have claimed an overwhelmingly anti-Israel atmosphere at The McGill Daily. B’nai Brith will do everything in our power to ensure that publication’s discriminatory ban on Zionist content does not stand”, she added.
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org