A controversial conference set for next week at York University in Toronto, Canada on options for statehood for Israeli and Palestine has provoked a backlash from several Jewish groups who see it as an attack on the Jewish state, masquerading as academic debate. Their campaign to cancel the event has outraged some faculty associations, who see it as a challenge to their freedom.

In this article, Egyptian-born Muslim university President Mamdouh Shoukri comments on the strike at the university last year, and on rising tensions between Muslim and Jewish student organizations on the campus. Shoukri is the first and only Muslim Canadian university president. York University is Canada´s third-largest university.

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