York University removes anti-Semitic student

TORONTO (JTA) – York University in Toronto says a man who allegedly advocated genocide against Jews is no longer a student there.

Salman Hossain had been accused of running a Web site that refers to Jews as "diseased and filthy," "the scum of the earth," "fanatic, genocidal maniacs," "psychotic" and "mass murderers."

The Arizona-based Web site Filthy Jewish Terrorists also said "a genocide should be perpetrated against the Jewish populations of North America and Europe."

York suspended Hossain last month and ordered him to appear before a disciplinary panel.

"The person is no longer a student here," Alex Bilyk, the university’s director of media relations, told the National Post newspaper on Thursday. Asked if that was a result of action by the university, he replied: "Yes," adding, "That’s all I can tell you."

Hossain is still the subject of a hate crimes investigation, according to the Ontario Provincial Police, because it is illegal in Canada to support or promote genocide, as well as communicate statements other than in private conversation that willfully promote hatred against an identifiable group.

Ontario’s attorney general declined to press criminal charges last year against Hossain, saying the Bangladeshi-Canadian was undergoing rehabilitation with an imam.

York made "the only logical decision that could be reached in this case," Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, told the Post.
 

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