The findings have named Krisna Saravanamuttu, the incoming President of York Federation of Students and Jesse Zimmerman as having violated the York Student code of conduct for their participation in the mob, which contributed to Jewish students “feeling intimidated, frightened, tense and nervous”. The reports finds that words and actions by Mr. Saravanamuttu and Zimmerman promoted an atmosphere of “ hostility, incivility and intimidation”. York University has imposed sanctions and a reprimand on both students.
In light of the very damaging assessment of Mr. Saravanamuttu’s behavior and his contribution to the February 11th incident, Hillel at York and Hasbara at York are demanding that Mr. Saravanamuttu step down from his role as President of the student body.
“We are pleased with York University’s thorough investigation in this matter and its imposition of sanctions,” said Daniel Ferman, President of Hillel at York, who was one of the complainants. “We hope that this is the first step in working to ensure that York campus becomes a place where all students engage in an atmosphere that encourages civil discourse, free of intimidation and harassment,” said Tyler Golden, Co-President of Hasbara at York.
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Chair David Koschitzky stated “Our community is committed to working with York University to ensure an environment where all students feel safe. We appreciate York’s recognition of the intimidation and fear felt by Jewish students on February 11, the gravity of the behaviour attributed to the two students who were sanctioned and the university’s determination to enforce its own code of conduct.”