A student supporter of Israel at Carleton University and an Israeli engineering student at the university say they are lucky to have survived an attack with what they say was a machete near a Gatineau bar early on Monday.
Nick Bergamini, 22, vice-president of the Carleton University Students’ Association, said he and his roommate Mark Klibanov, 20, were leaving Le Volt bar on Promenade du Portage at 1:45 a.m. when a group of about 10 men began yelling in English and Arabic that they were Zionists and Jews…
…The two men decided to walk across the Chaudière Bridge to Ottawa when the crowd surrounding them dispersed about five minutes later. As they walked through a parking lot near the bridge, however, three men in a car pulled up beside them.
“One of them rolled down the window and said: ‘I am the one who hit you, you f—ing Jew,’ although I am not a Jew,” Mr. Bergamini said.”Two guys came out of the car and one of them tried to kick my roommate.
“One attacker said ‘Open the trunk,’ and another guy pulled out a machete that glinted in the street lights. I yelled that they had weapons and we started running as fast as we could. I saw the guy wind up with the machete as I looked back.”
As I stated previously, I knew these fundamentalist students were capable of this. While many might not take their calls for violence seriously, it is hard to ignore an actual fulfillment of their threats against Jewish students and those who support them. This is the natural progression for these youth, first starting off as loud and bigoted protesters and finally becoming fundamentalists who have turned to violence to achieve their ends. This kind of hatred should have been dealt with before machetes were involved, but out of a twisted view of tolerance and a downright ridiculous dedication to “political correctness”, the hate preached by these individuals is allowed. Why do we even have laws addressing hate speech if such intolerance is permitted?
Michael Coren, a weekly columnist and host of ‘The Michael Coren Show’ on CTS television, notes this hypocrisy in his latest blog post, saying “Welcome to the free exchange of ideas at our publicly-funded universities and the “safe spaces” that other Ottawa students screamed about when they prevented Ann Coulter from speaking last week.” After following some links from Blazing Cat Fur’s post about this incident, I was able to not only see Coren’s interview with Nick Bergamini, but the following foreign affairs panel discussion about this event. Suffice to say, that panel conversation about the machete attack turned out to be a farce. Any legitimate discussion of this event was quickly hijacked by James Clark, an anti-war radical and radical Muslim apologist who refused to address the implications of the machete attack, and instead blamed all this recent social/political turmoil on the right. He than went on to discuss the importance of Israeli Apartheid Week and how it isn’t anti-semitic as many would claim. Newsflash Clark, referring to Israel as an apartheid state is racist, as the word alone refers to the former legal system in South Africa which not only segregated the population, but denied rights to the black majority while strengthening the rights of the white minority. What else would we expect from this bigot? Let’s not forget he was part of “The Media War on Islam” conference, a hate rally where speakers were not only said that “the Israelis are in control of security,” and they allowed the alleged underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to board a Detroit-bound plane, but that 9/11 was a “planned demolition” run by Americans, and the Toronto 18 bomb plot, which led to convictions and guilty pleas, as a “police frame-up” over “nothing of significance.” (UPDATE: Clark claims to have not spoken at this conference, though he was invited to do so. Here’s a question, why did he cancel if it wasn’t as hateful as he claims? Another question, what does this say about this man that he is friends with these hateful speakers and that he has spoken at other conferences with them?) So Clark has no problem engaging in taqqiya and kitman with Muslim fundamentalists, but labeling the anti-semtic Israeli Apartheid Week as racists is unacceptable? There cannot be any meaningful dialogue with people who will not only abuse freedom of speech to perpetuate hate and violence, but deny this same right to their critics.
Two weeks ago I found myself in a heated argument with one of these very fundamentalists. After finishing up a review class at Carleton, I was walking through the University Center and saw a Muslim youth, a recent convert to the faith who had decided turn more people to Islam by harassing a Christian girl who had set up a table to promote Christianity. While their conversation might have begun as a disagreement on religious beliefs, it quickly turned into an all-out attack by this religious radical against this Christian girl who seemed unable to defend herself. He was shouting at her, demanding that she wear a hijab, that she was disgracing herself by not doing so, going so far to imply that she was a slut for not doing so (she told me, as well as campus security later that this student had called her a “fornicator” before I arrived). I quickly stepped in and told him to back off, stating that it wasn’t her faith to wear a veil or any kind of garment that would cover her hair and face. After about a minute of back and forth, with him saying various ignorant and offensive things like “Christianity is a lie, you are all liars”, “George Washington married a nine-year-old” (Martha was twenty-seven when she married him) and that “Paul Bernardo was a Christian” (trying to imply that Christians were all rapists and murderers), I scared him off. This Muslim youth was having a great time bullying a woman around, but he wasn’t “man enough” to confront someone his own size, but that isn’t the end of the story.
Soon after, Carleton campus security showed up to question me about the event. The Muslim youth, having lost the “war of words”, had turned to them in a failed attempt to punish me for speaking out against his bullying. These two security officers were very polite and asked for my side of the story, which I gave in full detail. I stated that I had seen this Muslim youth demand this Christian girl wear a hijab, saying that her behaviour was disgraceful and that she was disgracing herself by not doing so. Suffice to say, this depiction of events completely contradicted what the fundamentalist had told them, and because of this they asked me to point out the girl who was harassed to them. Later after returning home, I would receive a call from one of these security officers about the incident report, asking whether or not I wanted to claim that my human rights were violated (standard procedure apparently, but I told him that there was no need to continue this matter any further). While not taking sides, he did confirm that the girl did testify to the fact that this Muslim youth had called her a “fornicator”.
It is plain to see that this Muslim youth is a symptom of a greater problem affecting University campuses. One of my professors, Jacob Kovalio, in response to the censuring of Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa, had stated that in his own research, he had found several groups on campus, including a campus publication that supported and encouraged anti-semitism. Those like James Clark refuse to believe that these fundamentalists are not the victim, but the aggressor in many circumstances, and try to explain such radical behaviour through moral equivalence. I fail to see any behaviour by Jewish students and their supports that is in any way equivalent to machete attacks and/or the bigoted comments by Muslim youth at the Jewish Defence League who were protesting at Palestine House. Is there anything else that can be said about this kind of behaviour?
It is time for Canadians to wake up and acknowledge this, especially Muslims Canadians. When a machete wielding student attacks a supporter of Israel for doing so, it isn’t our problem, its yours. This is a growing problem withing the Muslim community that the community itself does not wish to address. Until you can deal with your problems, don’t dare question us on ours. When someone crosses the line in Canadian society, be it a Christian, a Jew, etc THEY ARE DEALT WITH! No one wants to do that here, instead discuss how it must have been the fault of the victims that this incident occurred, and that is the real issue, and that is why this will continue to happen… Pathetic…