Antisemitic Mural At York University: Protest or Acquiesce?

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12 responses

  1. Steve Blowers says:

    I like that you have included here the artists view of his own work and the inspiration for it. Bit off topic this, but I have been doing some research on my own roots and have discovered that going back to the late 18th century, all my ancestors come from an area of just ten square miles of East Suffolk, England. Beyond that I don’t know. What I do know is, I know that is where I feel myself to be rooted, though I have not lived there for 35 years.
    Al Abid’s claim that the roots of the centuries old olive trees are intertwined with his people has to be listened to. Of course, the Jews have a claim going back thousands of years. Home is where the heart is and I believe we all know where our heart lies.
    It is part of the nature and skill of painting that it can convey a lot more than pictorial reality. It conveys ideas, thoughts. You are right to highlight in your piece about the nature of an individual’s inner conflict. I agree that is a fruitful area of discussion and a way to mkve forward.
    Is this painting antisemitic? In thought and intention I don’t actually believe it is.

    • Sheri Oz says:

      I wonder if you will feel the same after you read the companion article by Naomi. I remain unsure – I don’t know if I take the artist at his word or if he is being creative in concealing his antisemitism by not mentioning Jews or Israelis directly or with easily recognized symbols.

  2. Steve Blowers says:

    I actually read that first but took the view that the artist took common symbols to express his feelings of being uprooted. I don’t like the term, ‘antisemitism.’ ‘Jew hatred’ is more to the point and is difficult to conceal.

  3. Suri Weinberg-Linsky says:

    Thanks Sheri for doing the work that we had discussed over the holiday. As you know, I was of the same opinion — let’s do some more ground work before storming off to protest the mural. Bravo to you for doing this! After seeing where it was hung and after reading your brilliant analysis, I am satisfied that we made the right decision to not go up. While I do believe that the mural has no place in the the Student Union nor where it can be perceived as acceptable justification for hate, the fact that it will be coming down shortly and returned to the artist, satisfies me to a degree. I think we still need to bring more awareness to the greater population including with alumni and donors — would they want their dollars to support and encourage this kind of hate? Towards any identifiable group? Would the mural win and go up if it had depicted the opposite? It think most likely not. We need to continue to be vigilant but not with a ‘storm the gates’ mentality — that will just backfire IMHO. Cerebral discussion and counter-intelligence will probably give these students, who have been consistently brainwashed by various sources, a lot more to work with than the standard hate speech.

  4. Elinore Koenigsfeld says:

    Clearly reasoned and open minded. We need more calmness in combating hate and unjustified aggression, but that does’t seem to be the case here.
    This is essentially art as therapy, as a way of thinking through an issue, only secondly as a way of communication, certainly not a call to action.

    • Sheri Oz says:

      And for that reason, Elinore, it cannot be considered under the Hate Speech Laws. However, if it is used to communicate antisemitism, even beyond what the artist may have intended (and here perhaps we are minimizing his intent, I don’t know), then there is reason to act. The question is: how?

  5. Daniel Moshe Johnson says:

    Shalom Aleichem

    This mural depicts every reason why these imposture treasonist citizens in Canada are not fit for democratic dwelling.

    Anyone that sees justification in this despicable representation of murder, outlaw mentality, non democratic, lawlessness, illegal, dangerous, illness left to fester 66 years too long.

    Israel must put out the garbage from its establishment, for the betterment and safety of our sovereigns.

    York University is a club for dissident lawless behavior, and families like the Brofmans and the Shermans need to be firm in confronting this direct assault to Israel and Jews.

    Don’t get to comfortable my neighbors of Canada, who are of infidel title, your liberties and freedom are about to be tested by Sharia and possibly handed over; as the intelligence and law enforcement agencies are not equipped to really deal with Jihadism.

    Unfortunately, what officer Cirillo did in the lime of duty is how Islam in its true expression will have to be dealt with when it shows it ugly face.

    Any political figure that wants to back immigration from problematic zones, need to take advisory from the State of Israel, which is ghetto greatest example of a thriving democracy with enemies like the one in the mural and those of the BDS and other non informed Goya and displaced Leftist Jews; wake up get therapy and hail Israel for its existence in Persian zoo house on all corners.

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