Denis Rancourt's Struggle for Justice
Shameless persecution of a distinguished, tenured professor.
by Stephen Lendman
Injustice defines Western societies. America long ago spurned rule of law principles. Canada marches in lockstep.
Democratic values are quaint and dying. So are honor, integrity, righteousness, and believing right over wrong matters.
Even university officials and complicit staff members are tainted. Academia proves not so hallowed ground.
Denis Rancourt is a distinguished tenured University of Ottawa physics professor. He's a recognized expert in his field.
His students called him a "phenomenal teacher." His classrooms provided an enriching learning experience. He inspired student confidence and academic achievement.
He also champions equity, justice, and human rights. Political activism led to his dismissal. On U of O's campus, it's not safe to advocate right over wrong.
Beginning in September 2005, university officials targeted him unfairly. They oppose his support for Palestinian rights. They're some of the world's most oppressed people.
They live under militarized occupation hell. Institutionalized racism harms them. Israeli state terror is policy. Palestinians are treated like subhumans. Their crime is praying to the wrong God.
Rancourt eloquently supports them. He also expresses views forthrightly on political and environmental issues, professional ethics, lobbying, scoundrel media influence, and the right of all persecuted people to live free.
He does it in articles, broadcasts, blog postings, at public venues, and in classrooms when he taught. He did the right thing and got punished.
In 2007, he criticized the university's irresponsible pro-Israeli position. In response, administration officials targeted him unfairly.
On June 3, 2008, Allan Rock became president. He's a former Canadian politician, UN ambassador, and staunch Israeli supporter.
As UN ambassador, he voted against supporting Palestinian rights. As U of O president, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association reprimanded his banning a student poster about Israeli Apartheid Week.