On March 12, 2003, a student named Laith Marouf drew swastikas on an Israeli flag at a pro-Israel demonstration at Concordia University campus in Montreal. Marouf, it bears noting, had a history of anti-Israel incitement; he was, for example, one of two students barred from Concordia in August 2001 for spray-painting university property with anti-Israel slogans and threatening a security guard.
Nonetheless, at a May 14 hearing before a 3-member student panel, Marouf testified that he drew "the inverted swastika, the Hindu circle of life, not the Nazi swastika" on the Israeli flag, as a lesson in symbolism. Jean-Marc Bouchard, Marouf's student advocate in the case, said Marouf's action "was a political statement regarding the oppression of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government, not a symbol of hate."
The students on the panel were convinced by his explanation and, in a 2-1 decision, just ruled that while "Marouf's gesture was in very poor taste," it was made during a tense confrontation and did not qualify as harassment under the university's code of rights and responsibilities, or warrant expulsion or other sanctions. As if one needed it, this appalling decision from the most radical university in North America reconfirms that the further left one goes, the more blatant is the antisemitism. (June 12, 2003)