A philanthropist has decided to pull his support, worth thousands of dollars, from York University over a poster.
The poster is called Palestinian Roots, and hangs over a stairwell at the university’s student centre. It showcases a person wearing a scarf that displays a borderless Israel. The individual is holding stones in his hands as he gazes at an Israeli settlement.
When Paul Bronfman saw the mural, he decided that something had to be done.
The president of Comweb Group Inc, a company that supplies equipment and studio space to Canada’s film and television industry, pulled all of his support out of the school. Over the years, Bronfman has provided workshops, seminars and expensive loaned film equipment to York students.
Bronfman reportedly told York president Mamdouh Shoukri that the school would be “persona non grata” until they removed the controversial painting.
York University argues that its students have the freedom to express themselves and their views.
Do you think Bronfman is making the right decision? Should a university campus be a space where any and all views and opinions are welcome, no matter how offensive they may be to some?
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