Concordia University was granted a court injunction on Nov. 15 to prevent
Members of Parliament Svend Robinson and Libby Davies and social activist
Judy Rebick from defying Concordias moratorium on public events
related to the Israel/Palestine conflict.
The injunction was granted on the basis that the moratorium was justified
under the circumstances, and was imposed to ensure the security of individuals
The University took this step after repeated requests to cancel the event
were refused by the Concordia Student Union (CSU) and the MPs. This included
a legal letter, a mise en demeure, asking the CSU to respond to the University
in writing. The CSU ignored the request. (To read more about the CSUs
reaction, see Students, page 10.)
We are pleased with the courts decision and we trust that
the CSU will respect it, said Rector Frederick Lowy. However, the
CSUs desire to break the moratorium has so far shown a total disregard
for due process, since the moratorium was legally imposed by Concordias
Board of Governors, of which the CSU president is a member.
The cooling-off period was intended to allow for a gradual return to a
civil debate and environment at Concordia concerning Middle East issues.
The possible lifting of the moratorium was discussed at an evening meeting
of the Board on Nov. 20, after this issue of CTR was printed.