University of Toronto: Pro-Palestinian campers will defy order to evacuate

A negotiation in good faith between the management of the University of Toronto and the demonstrators of the pro-Palestinian encampment which occupies the lawn of the main campus cannot be carried out under any threat, according to the representatives of the demonstrators. And it is for this reason that they intend to defy the unauthorized entry notice which is due to take effect on Monday.

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The demonstrators received a notice of unauthorized entry on Friday. This should come into force Monday morning. University management is threatening to impose fines on campers who will still be there. In addition, university employees and students who are in the camp are threatened with suspension and even dismissal.

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The notice of unauthorized entry was distributed to the people who were present on Friday, in addition to being posted in several places around the encampment.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Evan Mitsui/CBC

Negotiations between protesters and senior management are scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon. However, representatives of the pro-Palestinian camp doubt the intentions of the management.

Additionally, the representative of a Jewish student rights group says protesters glorify Hamas and that he is ashamed that the university hold talks with them.

There FTO calls on the president

There FTO says support unequivocal students taking part in protests on the University of Toronto campus.

In a press release published Saturday evening, its president, Laura Waltonsays she is disappointed that the university has issued unauthorized entry notices.

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Laura Walton is the president of the Ontario Federation of Labour. (Archives)

Photo: The Canadian Press / Chris Young

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mrs Walton recalls the importance of negotiating in good faith, whether with unionists for new collective agreements as the university has done in the past, or with students in the present case.

As encouragement, I am calling on all unions and their allies to join a solidarity rally on Monday at 8 a.m. at the University of Toronto student camp. If by then you decide to take action against the students, you will first have to go through the workers.

A quote from Laura Walton, President of the Ontario Federation of Labor (OFL)

Negotiate in good faith

The representatives of the demonstrators agree with Ms. Walton : Negotiations must be done on an equal basis.

Mohammad Yassin, one of the group’s representatives, demands that the administration negotiate in good faith and maintains its position on its demands.

In its offer, the university proposes creating a working group to determine how it can be more transparent and disclose its investments.

Mr. Yassin, however, calls this option an unnecessary bureaucratic process, saying that the president of the university, Meric Gertler, retains the right of veto.

I ask President Gertler: “If a genocide is not the right time to review its processes and policies, when is it?”

A quote from Mohammad Yassin, one of the representatives of the group of demonstrators

The demands of the group of demonstrators

Disclose all investments held in the university’s endowment funds, short-term working capital and other financial assets;

divest from the University’s endowment, assets and other financial holdings and from all direct and indirect investments that support Israeli apartheid, occupation and illegal colonization of Palestine;

End all partnerships with Israeli academic institutions that are present in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, or that support the apartheid policies of the State of Israel and its ongoing genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Instagram page of U of T Occupy for Palestine

Ms. Mackey says she met President Meric Gertler around March 20. She claims he told her that the University of Toronto indeed has arms manufacturing companies complicit in Israeli apartheid in its investments.

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Erin Mackey is one of the protesters’ representatives. She received a notice of unauthorized entry in person on Friday.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Evan Mitsui/CBC

However, management sent a press release to the media on Sunday morning. : “Such assertions are not based on any facts”.”,”text”:”In response to allegations linking the University of Toronto in any way to Israeli military action in Gaza or that President Meric Gertler reportedly confirmed that the University of Toronto has investments in weapons manufacturing companies, a spokesperson for the University of Toronto stated the following: “Such claims are not based on any facts.” .”}}”>In response to allegations linking the University of Toronto in any way to Israeli military action in Gaza or that President Meric Gertler confirmed that the University of Toronto has investments in manufacturing companies weapons, a spokesperson for the University of Toronto stated the following: “Such assertions are not based on any facts.”

Negotiate with demonstrators, ashamed

Hillel Ontario is a group that advocates for Jewish students. According to his representative, Jay Solomon, the camp itself represents a form of harassment And bullying.

Because of these illegal encampments, Jewish students feel singled out, targeted, harassed, intimidated, and they are waiting for their allies, university leaders and the provincial government to stand up and say enough is enough.he said in an interview Sunday afternoon.

The province shamefully allowed [ce type de harcèlement] has continued for too long, and we call on university leaders, the provincial government and well-meaning Canadians to take all necessary measures to safeguard the well-being of Jewish students.

A quote from Jay Solomon of Hillel Ontario

Mr. Solomon adds that, in his opinion, the university administration should not hold talks with the campers.

The fact that the university is negotiating with a group that glorifies Hamas, that spreads anti-Jewish, anti-Zionist and, really, anti-Canadian messages, and that has illegally occupied a campus for weeks is shameful.

With information from CBC

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