We know that the Israel lobby is active behind the scenes , threatening universities when the issue of Palestinian human rights arises, but rarely can we see the actual content of their threats and demands.
Below is a recent letter to the University of Windsor, Canada, from businessman Richard Spencer threatening to withdraw financial support to the university following a student referendum supporting divestment from companies complicit in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians : “As President of my company, (I) have chosen to support the University…(with) well over $500,000 in financial support.” Spencer then feels free to express his shocking racism: “I am reasonably certain that the majority, if not all, of this small percentage of the student body are of the Muslim faith, which promotes violence and hatred toward the Jews in the Middle East. … What is next? Christian students, too, will feel unsafe on campus because of this intolerant group?”
Finally, Spencer demands the University “obliterate” the environment supporting Palestinian human rights: “As President of this University, this environment that has been created requires your immediate action to obliterate. If not, my company will cease support of the University of Windsor.”
So far, there has been no public reaction from the University about this alumni letter.
Join Independent Jewish Voices in telling President Wildeman that it is undemocratic for his administration to meddle in the affairs of the student body, that he should not succumb to the economic blackmail of Israel’s apologists, and that he should stand with us in solidarity with Palestinian civil society in their non-violent efforts to seek acknowledgement of their most basic human rights.