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McGill Students Vote 22-16 Against Ousting ‘Punch A ZIonist’ Councilmember

MONTREAL (JTA) — McGill University’s Arts Undergraduate Society voted not to impeach Igor Sadikov for his “’punch a Zionist today” tweet earlier this month.

On Wednesday evening, the society voted 22-16 with seven abstentions on the fate of Sadikov, also a member of the student legislative council at the Montreal university.

Since his original post on Feb. 6, Sadikov has refused to resign from the McGill Student Society while issuing carefully worded “apologies” and calling his tweet a “misguided joke.”

“Many of my constituents and fellow students, and some of my friends, adhere to Zionist ideology,” he said in a statement Wednesday to the Arts Undergraduate Society. “I am Jewish myself.”

Sadikov, 22, who supports the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, said he was targeting a “political philosophy,” not Jews.

McGill principal Suzanne Fortier, meanwhile, defended its intervention on the grounds that “with any incitement to violence, it is our duty.”

Pro-Israel students have said they feel hostility and isolated on campus. Petitions to expel Sadikov have been launched online.

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