After a week-long suspension, Hillel at York University is back in business. The Toronto Hillel was temporarily suspended for its part in a March 16 confrontation with anti-Israel student activists in a campus building. The reinstatement came on Friday as the administration decided to allow both Hillel and the pro-Palestinian group on campus to resume programming.
Executive Director of Greater Toronto Hillel Zac Kaye said Friday, "We had a very positive meeting with the administration [Thursday] and we are looking forward to working with them in the future to bring a positive atmosphere to the campus."
York University officials have warned both Hillel and the pro-Palestinian group Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) that "future infractions will result in disciplinary proceedings."
According to news reports from Toronto, the suspension came after pro- and anti-Israel groups clashed on Tuesday, March 16 on the York campus. Pro-Israel activists received university permission to create a symbolic cemetery memorializing the victims of terror in front of Vari Hall, an academic building on campus. A group of anti-Israel protestors entered Vari Hall for an illegal demonstration in which they set up mock Israeli "checkpoints." The protestors dressed as Palestinian women as well as Israeli, American and Canadian soldiers. Pro-Israel students verbally confronted these students inside the building until university officials interceded and evicted students from the building.