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Concordia

Concordia will allow Barak to speak

11.05.2004

Concordia University has had a change of heart. Reversing its initial decision to disallow the speech due to “security concerns”, now Barak will be allowed to speak on campus: Backtracking on a decision that fuelled a furor over free speech, Concordia University in Montreal has agreed to invite former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to […]

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Concordia responds

10.15.2004

The Concordia administration has answered back with their side of the whole Ehud Barak mess: Let’s be fair and truthful. We have not compromised freedom of speech by our decision regarding Mr. Barak. We simply do not have the facilities that allow us to hold this particular event in a safe environment without disrupting the […]

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Violence trumps free speech… again

10.07.2004

Well, we didn’t have to wait long to find evidence that the Concordia debacles have affected free speech elsewhere. A planned speech by Premier Jean Charest at Université de Montréal was cancelled due to protests: Protesters rushed into a university building where Quebec Premier Jean Charest was scheduled to speak on Wednesday afternoon, forcing organizers […]

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Editorials decrying Concordia’s decision

10.06.2004

Editorials all over the place today decrying Concordia’s decision: From the Gazette: “We were pleased to hear,” Lowy told us, “that it was Barak who was invited. Barak is quite different from Netanyahu. We were surprised to learn that there wasn’t a distinction made,” by some Muslim students and their allies. Oh really? Then Concordia’s […]

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University stands firm

10.06.2004

Concordia is defending its decision to refuse to allow Ehud Barak to speak on campus, despite yesterday’s free protest attended by a couple of hundred people… and despite the fact that the RCMP contradicts Concordia’s assessment of how difficult the security situation really is: They (police and Concordia security) may or not have exaggerated their […]

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“Peaceful protest” at Concordia

10.05.2004

The Gazette reports that today’s Hillel rally outside Concordia was “peaceful”: Almost two years after a violent demonstration outside Montreal’s Concordia University against former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there was another protest. Only this time, it was more vocal than violent. About two hundred people staged a peaceful demonstration outside the university’s downtown campus […]

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Hillel’s rally at Concordia

10.05.2004

Sadly I couldn’t get off work to be there. But Adam Daifallah has pictures. More to follow.

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Concordia: What they’re saying

10.05.2004

Hillel: “A small group of thugs are holding an entire university community hostage and deciding who is allowed to speak and who is not. All people who value democratic principles such as freedom of expression and speech should share our outrage with this intolerable situation.” – co-Presidents Jason Portnoy and Yacov Fruchter, in a press […]

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Tommy on Concordia

10.05.2004

Tommy Schnurmacher, as you might expect, has been all over this story. A few choice quotes (and excuse me for paraphrasing, it’s hard to listen to the radio and type simultaneously): “Why doesn’t the government say to Concordia, wait a minute, you get government funding and you don’t have the right to decide which political […]

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Concordia: the new big story

10.04.2004

Concordia’s decision to bar Ehud Barak from speaking has now received press coverage in the Toronto Star, the National Post blog, and Ha’aretz. It’s been blogged by LGF, Damian Penny, and even Instapundit. And, it made the top stories on the 11 o’ clock news. SPHR, of course, is characteristically claiming that freedom of speech […]

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