Here at Israellycool, we’ve been all over the mass walkout over the Holocaust Week motion at Ryerson University (especially Lex), a move that seems clearly antisemitic. In her last post, Lex provided a recording of Omar Falasteen, a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) executive, plotting to oppose the motion unless amended to include awareness of the “Palestinian Genocide.” This followed denials of involvement in the walkout by SJP.
But this latest revelation is the most explosive of all: A tipster has sent me a screenshot of a text message they received from Obaid Ullah, Ryerson Students’ Union President, who himself asked students to walk out and obstruct the vote!
Note the timestamp has been obscured, to protect the identity of the student, but shows enough to place the message around the time of the walkout.
I also believe the screenshot has not been photoshopped, since we know the identity of the student who sent it. They’d have too much to lose to send a fake screenshot, given the potential fallout from this.
This follows Obaid encouraging students to attend the very same meeting and vote on the various motions.
Obaid himself is very anti-Israel, as some of his social media posts illustrate.
But the walkout went beyond criticism of Israel and into outright Jew hatred.
Given Obaid is the student union president who should be representing all students and the democratic process, this is a huge conflict of interest and betrayal.
He must be made to account for his actions.