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The motion was motivated by an alarming number of
complaints about discrimination directed towards Arab and Muslim
students. However, it also calls for the inquiry to look into the many
public allegations of anti-Semitism, as well as other forms
The make up of Concordias administration is an area
of concern. Every upper administrator is white. Similarly, there is
only one non-white dean. In addition, Concordias board of governors
is sorely lacking representation from Montreals various communities
of colour in stark contrast to Concordias multi-racial student
The CSU isnt afraid to look into its possible intolerance.
What about Concordias administration?
dean of students was here in 1969, lived through the events and does
not appreciate being quoted out of context.
The rector has no problem sitting down with the CSU to discuss this issue, but the university takes charges of racism extremely seriously. Accusations of this type should not be made lightly and require serious investigation and clarification. If the CSU has serious cases, then I encourage them to bring them forward to the administration.
Furthermore, during these sad few months, Egypts
President Nasser launched a vicious and threatening propaganda campaign,
with the aim of terrifying Israel. The world was holding its breath,
and many felt Israel was doomed. Apparently, Nassers propaganda
worked, and Israels pre-emptive strike was the consequence.
In solidarity with the Egyptians, however, the Jordanians
opened a second front by shelling the Jewish part of Jerusalem. There
is compelling evidence that King Hussein of Jordan made this regrettable
military decision, which resulted in Israels seizing the West
Bank and East Jerusalem, only because Nasser deliberately witheld key
information from him; namely, the extent of the destruction of Egypts
forces in the first days of the war.
The problem in 1967 was the inability of tyrannical regimes
to accept the existence of Israel.
Professor Ron Stern,
Steven Carter apparently shares the views of Ariel Sharon
and other expansionists who believe that the territories captured in
1967 are not occupied. (CTR, Letters, Feb.13).
First, the area in question had settled populations for
9,000 years, and prior to the creation of the state of Israel, it was
under Jewish control for about 73 years. In other words, the lands which
Israelis claim as theirs have been ruled by Jews for less than 1 per
cent of its history.
Finally, Mr. Carters statement that Palestinians
are better off under Israeli rule is immensely revealing.
Supremacists justifying apartheid in South Africa made that identical
claim about blacks, and not surprisingly, their revolting attempts to
excuse injustice were met with the contempt that they deserved.
John Dirlik, TESL
Mr. Hazou (CTR, Letters, Feb. 27) missed the main
point of my previous letter (CTR, Feb. 13). The land that is
now part of Israel, called the West Bank, was part of Jordan. If Israel
gives back this land, it would give it back to Jordan. But Jordan has
not asked for this land back, because King Hussein and his son fear
In September 1970, thousands of Palestinians fought and
killed many Jordanian soldiers and civilians, and tried taking control
of Jordan with the help of Syrian forces. Later that year, Palestinians
killed the foreign minister of Jordan and several other officials.
But Israel only had to send jets over the Syrians to scare
them into retreating. Then the Jordanians were able to push the Palestinians
back into Syria. Some Palestinians even sought asylum in Israel rather
than be killed. Thousands of Palestinians were killed by Jordanian soldiers.