The Jewish community in Edmonton, Canada has been active on social networks and the internet in identifying and exposing officials who support Palestinian terrorism. Recently, JewishEdmonton led a successful campaign to have Samantha Pearson, the director of the University of Alberta’s Sexual Assault Center, dismissed from her position.
Pearson had organized a pro-Palestinian event on campus and had signed an open letter condemning Israel for its military operation in Gaza Strip. Her dismissal was prompted by public outrage after screenshots of the open letter were published by JewishEdmonton.
University of Alberta President Bill Flanagan clarified that the new leadership at the Sexual Assault Center would ensure that the university’s commitments were met and made it clear that Pearson’s personal views did not reflect those of the university. He also noted that an event scheduled by Students for Justice in Palestine was not sanctioned or endorsed by the university and was not recognized or funded by it. The vigil associated with the group will be held on November 21st outside the University Arts Centre, with campus security and Edmonton Police ensuring safety.