Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Time for a group hug

With a little prompting from equity policy guardians, the Ontario president of CUPE, Sid Ryan, has promised to apologize to members of the "Jewish community or Israelis" who were offended by his suggestion that targeting terrorists in Gaza is analogous to Nazi book burnings. He of course stands by his demand to ban Israeli academics who fail to condemn the Israeli reprisal from teaching or speaking at universities in the province.

The Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees says a Nazi reference he used to justify criticism of Israel was "a poor choice of analogy."

Sid Ryan made the comment Wednesday after a trustee with the Toronto District School Board called on his board to disavow the union's proposal to ban Israeli academics from the province's post-secondary schools.

"The example I gave was inappropriate and left people with the impression I was trying to compare the people of Israel with the Nazis," Ryan said.

[..] Ryan offered the apology in a followup phone call shortly after reiterating that he would not withdraw any of his comments on the CUPE proposal regarding Israeli professors.

The union president was responding to a motion proposed by school board trustee Josh Matlow Wednesday that requires CUPE members to comply with the school board's equity policies and staff directions regarding the Middle East.
Obviously, it is up to the academics to decide the verdict.

cp: The Broom