The anti-Israel encampments occupying Canadian university campuses have seen disturbing amounts of antisemitism, hate and far-left extremism.

The hateful behaviour seen on campuses puts into question the claims that the encampments are peaceful “anti-war” protests that simply seek to have universities divest from Israel. Furthermore, it is believed that many protesters involved in these encampments are not even students.

True North has compiled a list of concerning incidents that have taken place in the Canadian campus encampments.

Members of the Jewish community targeted at U of T:

There have been numerous cases of Jewish community members being targeted by protesters at the University of Toronto encampment. 

A 24-year-old Ukrainian-Israeli immigrant named Moshe Zelig says he was attacked by a group of pro-Palestinian activists for wearing an Israeli flag. Protesters attempted to steal the flag, claiming it was a “terrorist flag”

Attack on Students at UofT: Pro-Hamas Violence Escalates

URGENT: Jihadists with faces covered, in black hoodies, violently assault students at the University of Toronto.

The Assault: Moshe Zelig, who was assaulted during the incident, pressed charges against multiple…

— Shirion Collective (@ShirionOrg) May 6, 2024

In an exclusive interview with True North, Zelig said that leading up to the attack, he was called anti-Jewish slurs, called a “dirty Jew” in both Arabic and English, and told to “go back to Poland.”

Protesters also tried to stop several Jewish professors from entering the encampment. A video captured by Rebel News shows a Jewish professor wearing a kippah at the encampment gates being called a “f**king retard.” In another video, a Jewish professor who was being denied entry was called antisemitic slurs.

U of T’s ‘Little Gaza’ continues to fester as pro-Hamas mob becomes more bold

David Menzies provides an update from ‘Little Gaza’, the encampment anti-Israel protesters have set up on the lawn at the University of Toronto.


— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) May 8, 2024

The hateful language used to describe this Jewish professor has no place on a university campus.

The individual responsible for this video should be banned from @UofT properties.#Antisemitism #Cdnpoli

— David Jacobs (@DrJacobsRad) May 6, 2024

The National Post reported that those seeking to enter the encampment must declare that they agree with pro-Palestinian positions, including supporting a Palestinian right to “resistance.” 

Nothing says peaceful protest like finding a group of Jews, surrounding them and yelling “There is only one solution, Intifada Revolution

— Daniel Bordman (@Ranting4Canada) May 2, 2024

Iraqi Jew told to “go back to Europe” at McGill: 

Michael Eshayek, an Israeli student whose family originates from Iraq, was confronted by protesters at the McGill encampment and told to “go back to Europe.” 

When he informed them that his family was from Iraq, they told him “go back to Iraq then.” According to the Times of Israel, there were less than five Jews left in Iraq in 2021.

This is the new Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity in Canadian academia. Pro-#Palestinian protestors in the #McGill encampment chant “Go back to #Europe” and taunt an Iraqi #Jew, belittling them with the fact that 120,000–130,000 Iraqi Jews were expelled from #Iraq.

— Neil Orlowsky Ph.D. (@norlowsky) May 1, 2024

Protesters then began to say that all those who believe in the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East are racist terrorists. 

Hamas logos at uOttawa, U of T

A protester at  the University of Ottawa was seen proudly wearing the logo of Hamas, the terrorist organization that committed the Oct. 7 attack against Israel and that is using the people of Gaza as human shields.

When people show you who they are, believe them. We are deeply disturbed by this photo of a protestor at @uOttawa proudly wearing the Hamas logo on their back. Hamas is a listed terrorist organization in — one that targets Jews not just in but around the ⁰⁰That…

— CIJA (@CIJAinfo) May 3, 2024

The Hamas red triangle was also seen multiple times at the University of Toronto encampment, including on a sign that called for violence.

DISTURBING: Multiple Hamas red triangles spotted at the University of Toronto anti-Israel encampment. Also seen is the glorification of “Intifada” – armed Palestinian uprisings that has in the past included suicide bombings. #CampusWatch

— Élie Cantin-Nantel (@elie_mcn) May 8, 2024

The Middle East Media Research Institute notes that the red triangle is used by Hamas’s military wing, the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, in videos where they target Israeli forces.

“The red triangle has come to symbolize Hamas’ war against Israel, and has become a popular anti-Israel symbol expressing open support for Hamas and its terrorist activities,” notes the institute. 

Calls for violence at multiple universities:

Multiple encampments have also seen disturbing calls for violent uprisings, both in the Middle East and globally. Chants have come from protesters, but also from a controversial Canadian politician.

As previously reported by True North, Far-left Ontario MPP Sarah Jama called to “globalize the intifada” at an encampment on McMaster University’s campus. NDP MP Matthew Green stood by Jama as she made her call for a global intifada. 

Sure. Not a prop.

Here’s Sarah Jama at the McMaster encampment gleefully calling to “globalize the intifada”

The intifada means the killing of jews. The second intifada was a wave of terrorism that saw 1,000 Israelis killed. That’s what they’re chanting for

— Ariella (tortured poet version) (@ariellakimmel) May 6, 2024

The term intifada refers to “an armed uprising of Palestinians”, and has resulted in periods of violent unrest in Israel. The last intifada, known as the “Second Intifada,” saw suicide bombings, stone-throwing, and rocket attacks in civilian areas in Israel from 2000-2005.

Calls for intifada were also seen in other encampments, including at the University of Toronto and McGill.

Gaza Solidarity Encampment at McGill University big turnout!!!

— Aurélie Petit (@aurelievpetit) April 28, 2024

The National Post also reported that the University of Toronto encampment had signs saying “glory to all martyrs” and “behind every violent act is a vital cause.”

Calls for the destruction of Israel at multiple universities:

There were also calls for the destruction of Israel at multiple Canadian universities.

Chants, signs and drawings calling for the destruction of Israel were seen at the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto and at UBC, among others. At UBC, a sign read “Long live Palestinian resistance. From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.” 

Spotted at the U of T encampment.

Doesn’t seem very “two-state solutiony” to me.

Seems very “Hamasy” instead. Especially if you’ve read their Charter.

— Goldie Ghamari, MPP | گلسا قمری (@gghamari) May 3, 2024

NEW: An anti-Israel encampment has been set up at the University of Toronto, one of Canada’s most prestigious universities. A sign that reads “From the River to the Sea” can be seen, held by ppl wearing masks & keffiehs. #CampusWatch

— Élie Cantin-Nantel (@elie_mcn) May 2, 2024

Antisemitic slogans at the @UBC encampment calling for the eradication of Israel, and glorifying Palestinian terrorism.

UBC’s administration must act to dismantle the encampment and remove the trespassers.

The encampment is in clear violation of UBC policies. 1/2

— Nico Slobinsky (@nicoslobinsky) May 3, 2024

Far-left extremism at the encampments :

In addition to disturbing antisemitic acts, the anti-Israel encampments have been a hotbed of far-left extremism.

Protesters have been claiming that Canada, like Israel, is an illegitimate “settler-colonial” state. One woman at the University of Toronto was even heard saying “Canada doesn’t exist,” while encampment organizers claimed that the university had no right to cite private property amid it being on “stolen” Indigenous land.

“Canada doesn’t exist.”

It was disturbing to film this.

Disrespecting Canada and the opportunities this country provides…

If you don’t like it here, leave.

— Lincoln Jay (@lincolnmjay) May 7, 2024

Administration says we are protesting on private property, a claim we reject entirely. We are protesting on stolen land. 3/5

— UofT Occupy for Palestine (@occupyuoft) May 2, 2024

One of the signs seen at the University of Victoria encampment read “from the river to the Salish sea,” suggesting that protesters want to see the destruction of Canada, in addition to the destruction of Israel.

Many communist activists are also taking part in the encampment protests and subsequently bragging about it on social media. The communist activists have also been sharing calls for Intifada. 

Join the encampment at #UVic and learn how to fight against our Imperialist institutions through class struggle methods! Free Gaza! Free Palestine! Worldwide intifada until victory!

— Communist Revolution (@CanadaMarxists) May 3, 2024

The encampment movement has taken hold at UofT! To stand its ground against police repression and zionist agitators, it needs to grow! All out to UofT!

— Communist Revolution (@CanadaMarxists) May 2, 2024

At the University of Ottawa encampment, communist activists flew flags with the face of communist Che Guevara, who was a mass murderer.

Che Guevara and PSAC flags seen flying in the “Liberation Zone” @uOttawa

— Dacey Media (@chrisdacey) May 4, 2024

In an interview with True North,  B’nai Brith Canada’s Manager of Research Richard Robertson said the encampments are “directly contributing to the caustic situation on campus, which is leading Jewish students to feel unwelcome and unsafe on their own campuses.” 

He believes it is time for universities to have police remove the encampments.

“B’nai B’rith supports the rights and freedoms of all Canadians, including the right to protest and the right to freedom of expression. But there are limits on these rights,” he said. “Those limits do not protect the right to intimidate and the right to incite.”


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