“The Toronto District School Board’s real scandal is anti-Palestinian racism” by Mark Muhannad Ayyash

In an equity talk he was asked to give to members of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) two weeks ago, Desmond Cole, a well-known Black author, activist, and journalist in Canada, dared to utter two words: Free Palestine.

The moment he said it, moderators demanded he explain how Free Palestine doesn’t entail the “destruction of Israel.” What a line of questioning in any talk, let alone an equity talk. And not only was Cole’s lecture disrupted, but he was predictably labelled violent, hateful, and antisemitic afterward. …