Jewish college student bullied into canceling trip to Israel

Second-year student Jordyn Wright, a member of the school’s student government was given a choice, either cancel your trip to Israel or resign from student government… If not we’ll impeach you.

That harsh ultimatum was given to Wright who happens to also be Jewish during a student government meeting on November 28th by members of the Science Executive Committee.

Wright claims she was told by a committee head, “Either I withdraw from the trip, or I resign from my position. If I do not resign, I am being implicitly threatened with impeachment upon my return.”

The McGill University student recounted the threat on her Facebook page along with the significance of “visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories to meet with politicians, journalists, and locals from all sides to better understand a very nuanced geopolitical conflict.”

Adding, “As a Jew, my connection to Israel is a core aspect of my identity, and I hoped that this trip would help me to experience Israel through a new lens.”

However, when members of the student government found out about the scheduled trip to Israel, they confronted Wright, threatening there would be consequences if she continued with her plan to go.

Wright had planned to go on winter break to Israel, which is being sponsored by Hillel Montreal called “Face to Face.”

“This is not the first time that Jewish students at McGill have been bullied out of student government,” Wright admitted in the post. “Two years ago, three students were voted off of the SSMU Board of Directors simply for being Jewish or connected to pro-Israel organizations. Last year, a Political Science summer exchange course taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was the source of a controversy in which pro-Israel students were harassed and cyber-bullied.”

The controversy between Wright and the student government has sparked a public debate on campus, in which the student government has been forced to defend their position, arguing through their news release that the real issue is about the free trip from Hillel Montreal, suggesting that Wright’s acceptance of such a gift “compromises student government representatives’ ability to be perceived as impartial when representing the entire student body on the Board of Directors.”

However not everyone agrees with the Board of Director’s contention. In an open letter, some students questioned the motives behind the extremely harsh ultimatum.

The letter defends Wright saying they “believe the direction of the debate was focused on a specific member, Jordyn Wright … in a way that was startling and unwarranted. We are not surprised that Councillor Wright subsequently expressed that she felt targeted and attacked during this session, and we agree that the nature of the motion and its amendments as adopted by the session were hostile, directed, and should be a matter of wider concern.”

The letter further calls the recent incident a “mistake” that must be “rectified.”

The school board said the controversy does not reflect the board’s “outlook or value system.”

While no one is suggesting that Anti-Semitism may be a part of what is taking place specifically at McGill University, the stark reality is Anti-Semitism on college campuses is rampant.

Recently, a Jewish psychology professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, who walked into her office in late November to find blooded swastikas and a slur, “Yid,” painted on her walls drew widespread attention and shock from the public.

In another incident, three swastikas were discovered at Cornell University. Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life, put out a statement to “express his revulsion” at the symbols.

Then there’s Joan Terrell Paige, a member of the Jersey City Board of Education who unleashed a barrage of anti-Semitic hate on Facebook attempting to justify the bloodbath by a militant black group targeting a Jewish market that left three hostages dead and a police officer.

13 Replies to “Jewish college student bullied into canceling trip to Israel”

  1. Fredo

    In the United States of America, this would be a Civil Rights violation, and Jordyn could sue McGill right out of existence. I cannot understand how a supposed institution of higher education can accept and allow such blatant Anti-Semitism, and promote such intolerance!

  2. Richard walker

    I would fight this arbitrary and inane ban. As a Jew the woman has every right to travel to Israel. As a representative of the student body there at McGill she brings to the table who and what she is, a Jewish person and a woman. Going to Israel will change who she is? Give me a break. The “members” of the student government that confronted the woman should be forced to endure a month or so treatment at the hands of the local neo-Nazi group. Let them enjoy the right to be tortured and harassed by a bunch of bullies.

    Me, I would have taken the trip and upon return dared the council to punish or censure me. Have at it people. but be prepared to endure the shitstorm of publicity I will bring on you.

  3. Artie whitefox

    God is not pleased when people threaten people. Muslims influenced people to treat the Jewish person, in the way they treated him. Palestine is a mllitary base, and that is all. Muslims try to destroy the Jewish people. Muslims Somali – Palestine Arabs, who are Muslim, are trying to steal the entire peninsula. Jewish people occupied that peninsula during a 300 year period of time, after Christ. Muslim came to be, 300 years latter.

  4. Artie whitefox

    God is not pleased when people threaten people. Muslims influenced people to treat the Jewish person, in the way they treated him. Palestine is a mllitary base, and that is all. Muslims are trying to destroy the Jewish people. Muslims – Somali – Palestine Arabs, who are Muslim, are trying to steal the entire peninsula. Jewish people occupied that peninsula during a 300 year period of time, after Christ. Muslim came to be, 300 years latter. All non – Muslims, are seen as being Jewish, in the Muslim mind.

  5. Robert C.

    McGill University leadership should be censured for their Anti-Semitic treatment of Jewish students at their institution. Tolerance of all peoples views needs to be practiced as all views are to be accepted as long as they are not pushed without criticism upon others. Hopefully, the college will see the error of their position.

  6. Robert Nightingale

    Duh! McGill University a liberal Canadian school so pressure on conservative Judeo Christian students should be no surprise!

  7. Djea3

    This was not a mistake nor an accident. IT was a RELIGIOUS BASED POLITICAL ATTACK. She needs to get Jay Sekelow involved and sue the HELL out of the University and the advisors and other students if they were involved.
    She should make sure that this suit states that this is not only unjust and unlawful activity (to be involved in telling someone what they can and can not do when on their own time) but it was specifically a HATE crime under federal law. That is correct, you heard me, there is no doubt that this is a hate crime. Sue the hell out of them girl…and WIN.

  8. Jack

    What else would you expect from McGill University, a third rate Canadian swamp loaded with a population of one-digit-IQ-left-wing-liberal-antisemitic-racists-slugs.

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