UMSU suspends student group, bans speaker after Islamophobic comments

The University of Manitoba Student Union has suspended a student group and banned a speaker from UMSU spaces after a student-led event last Monday. A student group called Bridges for Peace and Students Supporting Israel hosted a discussion of the war between Israel and Hamas, in which CBC reports the speaker made Islamophobic comments. The group told CBC that it was surprised by the speaker’s comments and apologized to any students who felt unsafe at the event. In a statement, UManitoba Vice-Provost (Students) Laurie M Schnarr indicated that the university met with the UMSU and will respect its decision to ban the speaker. Schnarr further emphasized that the university denounces Islamophobia and all forms of discrimination, harassment, and prejudice.

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