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Middle East morass muzzling opinions, Part 2.

I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about the Middle East much if I could help it, but trying to clamp down on opinions isn’t restricted to just one side, as we see from this story this morning:

An Ontario union may ban Israeli academics from teaching or speaking at the province’s universities unless they condemn the current military action in the Gaza Strip, according to the Globe and Mail…The newspaper says the Ontario arm of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will introduce the proposal in a meeting next month.It will call for “a ban on Israeli academics doing speaking, teaching or research work at Ontario universities” if they support Israel’s military action.

I don’t know what else to say then that would be censorship, and I think that if CUPE opposes the Israeli actions, then they can surely find a better way to express it then this potential manoeuvrer.

UPDATE: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the OLO has denied rather emphatically the rumour yesterday that any Liberal MP’s speaking at pro-Gaza rallies would not have their nomination papers signed, so that is encouraging news (for those of us who believe having an opinion on a touchy subject shouldn’t be muzzled).

9 comments to Middle East morass muzzling opinions, Part 2.

  • slg

    CUPE are “employees”. Employees don’t get to say who should or shouldn’t be hired or fired.

    The taxpayers and private funding pay for the universities – not the unions.

    This is a disgrace and Ryan should be fired from the Union. If the union supports his views there is something wrong.

  • CWTF

    >>Even if they have, as the old saying goes 2 wrongs don’t make a right.<<
    I agree with that sentiment.

    I would not expect the CJC to be neutral. No one is telling them how to act even in the face of a clear bias.

    CUPE members have decided to support “a” cause. They are taking steps to “enforce” their direction.

    Now, if you want to stir the debate towards the what role the CUPE should be taking given that they are a union….

  • This would be a seriously bad move by CUPE. How the hell can a union dictate what gets lectured or researched in our universities?

    CUPE is free to debate and criticize, but ban? How the heck can they do that? And if they can, something is really wrong here.

  • @CWTF – Standing behinds one beliefs is fine.. but censoring other people’s beliefs who believe just as strongly in the opposite POV is wrong.

    As for the second point on the CJC, show me some instances of them censoring someone, and i’ll condemn that as well.

    Even if they have, as the old saying goes 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

  • CWTF

    CUPE should be able to stand behind it’s beliefs…

    Do you think that Canadian Jewish Congress has balanced views and does not censure criticism?

  • On the boycotting of Israel, I think this is an interesting document in that it presents some nuanced views on the issue.

    • Censoring Israelis who happen to support their country’s actions is counter-productive. Try to relate that to if someone had tried to ban pro or anti US opinions on their invasion of Iraq. Did we see any of that? I can’t recall any, and nor should we have.

      We shouldn’t be seeing it in this case either. CUPE shouldn’t be in the business of muzzling people because they happen to disagree with their stance.

  • slg

    I have a thought – probably a stupid thought, but it’s what – 14 days – until Obama is the President. Perhaps some are waiting for his foreign policies.

  • Rob

    The question then is why aren’t any Liberal MPs speaking at these rallies despite being invited to do so and, generally, why are they not speaking out at all on this issue. If they are not being gagged by Iggy are they just gagging themselves? Which is worse?

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