A mural at York University is under attack after television and film executive Paul Bronfman decided to withdraw his support of the university due to charges the artwork is anti-Semitic.
The artwork “is offensive to some individuals and groups,” York spokesperson Joanne Rider says.
The university’s administration is exploring ways to ensure it continues to foster an environment reflective of “our core values of diversity, respect and inclusivity,” she says.
Some students at the University and members of the Jewish community, such as S.L., a Jewish businessperson who has requested a full name not be used, call it “hate speech.”
“It’s upsetting,” S.L. says. “If you want to put it up as a part of a dialogue, then that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with having dialogue. But when dialogue is shut down from one side only then that’s not right.”
The artwork is in the Student Centre, which legally operates separately from the university and is responsible for its display. The mural has not been removed because it is considered a form of free expression.