Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Michael Coren at York University

Some friends and I went to York University last night to hear Michael Coren speak about Israel.  Coren was fantastic! 

As Coren spoke, York student Jesse Zimmerman, who is often seen at anti-Israel events in Toronto,  could be heard interjecting unintelligible sounds and words such as "Palestine!" from the back of the room.  He started out not too loud and gradually gained in volume.  At one point, Coren asked if everything was alright up there; I don't think Zimmerman responded with much, if anything.

But when Coren defined and denounced "filthy antisemites," Zimmerman stormed to the microphone and called Coren a "piece of sh**".   He shouted a few times, "You just called me an antisemite," demanded to debate Coren and refused to engage in respectful dialogue until security hustled him out of there.










Coren was obviously devastated:



Michael Coren has a blog post up about last night.   He's got a link to video but I can't access it for some reason.  Blazing Cat Fur remembers my previous encounters with Zimmerman and friends.

Update #1:  I think this might be the York University Pledge to Respectful Dialogue (it might not be official policy right now):


Update #2: Welcome, readers of Blazing Cat Fur!

17 comments:

sanwin said...

I like how the two people behind this douchebag in the first picture are trying to cover their faces so as not to be associated with this nutbar !

Josephine said...

"Every picture tells a story, don't it?"

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12hApMpQlds

Josephine said...

Thanks, Anon.

Anonymous said...

It was particularly delightful when I heard someone say; "cuff him". They were reading my mind. Also amusing when one of the security guys had to come back to pick up Zimmerman's keffiyeh.

Is this what people mean when they say they love the "diversity" at York?

Josephine said...

LOL, Anon, I missed all of that.

Anonymous said...

just look at all those empty seats! in contrast to the 1000+ people who showed up at u of t for judith butler at israeli apartheid week last night. we literally had to turn hundreds of people away.

the best part was the 20 or so soggy, demoralized looking JDL'ers standing outside in the rain. i hope they all catch a cold.

what's it like to be on the wrong side of history and loosing?

Josephine said...

If you're an example of one of those university students, I'd say we don't have much to worry about, since you can't even spell "losing" correctly.

The dumbing-down of our educational system and media is to blame for much of the stupidity that goes on today.

You're a high school graduate and you don't know how to use capital letters.

Vardit said...

Sheer numbers never a victory does make. It is the brain power behind the people. For example, if numbers translated into victory, how do you explain all the losses against the people Israelis fought against in 1948, 1967 and 1973. Just askin'..

Anonymous said...

Go Josephine!!

I wish Judith Butler would have done a "Hooked On Phonics" lesson after her rant.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 7:16pm is right to take notice of the smaller attendance at Coren vs. Butler. I think most anti-Semites find it difficult to integrate into society and find it nurturing to gather in groups where they can promulgate hate freely without criticism (thus the high attendance at UofT). Plus, we all get to see the lovely, intelligent and well-spoken Coren on a daily basis through our TV's. Just my observations.

Josephine said...

Vardit - Good point.

Anon @ 11:40 - Thanks.

Anon @ 11:55 - Another good point.

Anonymous said...

Here's another vid of Jesse same event other side

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhRZjmVys4A

Josephine said...

Thanks!

brapoport said...

Jesse zimmerman case study: this punk loser exhibits ..Attention seeking disorder, Histrionic Disorder and Low esteem disorder all fit into this persons personality. To a lay person this headcase exhibits certain traits, not unlike Jenny Peto or Racheal Corrie he emotes hate, and a strong desire to fit in, he chose the side with the uberleft i hate Jews crowd, radical Muslims and Arabs and other Wack left loners. Paired with an affinity to the lesbian gay transgender crowd , he really wants to fit in and be the centre of attention.

Josephine said...

Interesting analysis.

Anonymous said...

I'll think of you when Israel collapses. You are on the losing side of history. You will have to deal with the end of Zionism.