FSWC Granted Intervenor Status in U of T Injunction Case Against Encampment

June 3, 2024

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Toronto (June 3, 2024) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) has been granted intervenor status in the University of Toronto’s injunction application against the encampment at King’s College Circle.

FSWC was notified of this decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice following this morning’s joint press conference, where Jewish groups shared concerns over the hateful nature of the encampment and their intention to have their voices heard in the injunction proceedings launched by U of T, which is asking the court to authorize the removal of protesters from its grounds.

This decision comes less than one week after lawyers representing FSWC appeared before the judge to request intervenor status in the case.

“For far too long, demonstrators have been given free rein on the U of T campus to promote hateful rhetoric against the Jewish community, glorify violence and make students and faculty members feel unsafe,” said FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt. “It’s time to put an end to the hostility and for the university to ensure a safe space for Jews, free from discrimination and intimidation.”

FSWC has been tasked with submitting a report to the court that shares insight into the meanings and connotations of the rhetoric used at the encampment.