Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thugs Attack a Jew and a Non-Jewish Zionist at Carleton University

From the Ottawa Citizen comes this disturbing report of outrageous behaviour at one of Canada's universities:
OTTAWA — A well-known student supporter of Israel at Carleton University and an Israeli engineering student at the university say they are counting themselves lucky to have survived an attack with what they say was a machete near a Gatineau bar early Monday.

Nick Bergamini, 22, vice-president of the Carleton University Students’ Association, said he and roommate Mark Klibanov 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.

“These people must have been Carleton students because I recognized one of them,” Bergamini said. “I said I love Israel because I support Israel’s right to exist.

“I told them not to do this because I knew who they were, but I got hit hard on the back of the head. We ran to the bar entrance because bar security was there.”

The two men later 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, a car with three men inside pulled up beside them.

“One of them rolled down the window and said: ‘I am the one who hit you, you f-----g Jew,’ although I am not a Jew,” 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.”

Bergamini and Klibanov reported the attack to Gatineau police on Monday and said they planned to tell university officials about it. Gatineau police Lt. Gilbert Couture confirmed that police were investigating the attack, but provided no further details.

Klibanov, 20, said the machete missed the back of his friend’s head by about a foot as they sprinted across the bridge to Ottawa. He said they were not injured because they outran their assailants.

“I have never spoken to that guy in my life, but it is known at Carleton that I have been to Israel and that I have a Facebook site supporting Israel,” Bergamini said. “My roommate is on the board of the Israel Awareness Committee that does advocacy on behalf of Israel.

“I am happy that I am still alive. We both could have been killed (Sunday) night because he swung a machete at my neck.”

Klibanov said he recognized one man in the group, but couldn’t remember how many people were chasing him. He said somebody should be charged with the assault to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“The first thing they said before punching my friend is that we were Zionists,” Klibanov said. “This situation surprised me, but the intentions of these people did not.

“If you are from the right wing or are a supporter of Israel, it gets around pretty quickly because Carleton is one of the worst campuses for having a division between Palestinian and Jewish students. It is a really polarized campus between left and right, Jewish and Arab students.”

So you don't even have to be Jewish now to get yourself attacked in Canada. All you have to do is to defend Israel's right to exist. This is a natural extension of the left-wing hatefest known as Israeli Apartheid Week held annually at many Canadian universities. Those who allow this hatefest to go unchallenged bear some of the blame for the climate that encourages thugs like this to come out of the woodwork.

The Muslim-Liberal axis of hate joins together to pour scorn on anyone who defends Western civilization, Judeo-Christian values, the existence of Israel as a Jewish state, America or capitalism. The conservatives are now subject to persecution along with the Jews. Well, the conservatives must be doing something right to be on the right side of that fight.

Where are the university administrators? Will this student identified as an attacker be suspended? Will there be arrests? Will students rally against violence and physical attacks on Jews and their friends? Or will there be silence and apathy that constitutes an implicit support for a Nazi-like attitude of anti-Jewish hate?

We shall see in the coming days.


Here is a good column on this topic by Adrian McNair in The National Post. So far it is discrete radio silence from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. I guess it doesn't fit the narrative.


Anonymous said...

It might have happened, but something about this story doesn't sound right, my B.S. detector started vibrating right about the same time as the machete started glinting in the streetlights. It might be prudent to let the investigation pan out a little before you get too bent out of shape about it.

Peter W. Dunn said...

The story seems very plausible to me, and I have a very finely attuned B. S. meter. I read all the time about the growing antisemitism on Canadian university campuses being allowed to operate in the light of day--and since their hatred is tolerated, even promoted by the universities and their faculties, it's only going to be a matter of time before these antisemites start killing.

Craig Carter said...

Nero Null,
You could be right, but you have to admit that given the zealous anti-Jewish sentiment that is growing on Canadian campuses and among the Left in general it is only a matter of time before physical violence breaks out. Verbal and emotional violence broke out a long time ago.

I predict that when it does there will be some liberals who are shocked out of their complacency and who turn away from the Left.