Members of York’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) arrived at the university on Wednesday to protest against a school-sanctioned panel discussion with Reservists on Duty, an organization of former members of the Israeli Force.
The activists were seen waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans.
Toronto Police and private security agents were deployed on the spot to keep control of the situation, TorontoSun reported.
Calls to protest the arrival of the members of Israeli forces came from across the Internet, including the federal NDP candidate for York Simcoe, Jess McLean, who on Twitter denounced York for hosting the event and urged her followers to attend Wednesday’s SAIA counter-protest.
Videos posted online show SAIA protesters inside York’s Vari Hall protesting the discussion, shouting pro-Palestine slogans and waving Palestine flags.
Another video features participants shouting “viva, viva Intifada.”
A Toronto Police spokesman said that at least one person was injured, but no charges were laid.