The Canadian Jewish News posted an article on March first on how a teaching assistant from Ryerson University(Canada) was fired after making an alleged anti-Semitic remarks during prayers at a downtown Toronto mosque. The original incident occurred in 2016 when a junior employee said “an inappropriate supplication that was offensive to those of the Jewish faith” during prayers at Masjid Toronto. The comments that Mr. Elkasrawy were “O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims, O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them, O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!”. “We are relieved to finally hear that Mr. Elkasrawy has been dismissed,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, which laid a complaint with Ryerson on Feb. 21. Although it took a year for the college to take any kind of action against this teaching assistant i believe the actions they took were appropriate. The school also made a statement saying “Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences for those who choose to spread hate, and universities have an obligation to hold accountable faculty or staff who do so,”. Although Mr. Elkarawy tweeted a public apology that went along the lines of saying “I firmly believe that all human beings: Muslims, Jews, Christians and people of all and no faith deserve to live a life free of any threat to their safety.” it is hard to know if he was trying to just do damage control. By the university firing him, i think it will should him there are consequences to your actions, and set a precedent for any other hate crimes that try to appear in the university.
Reporter, Ron Csillag Staff. “Ryerson Fires Teaching Assistant Who Made Anti-Semitic Remarks at Mosque.” The Canadian Jewish News. N.p., 01 Mar. 2017. Web. 02 Mar. 2017.