Earlier this month, Chabad at McGill University in Montreal hosted an event that soon attracted protesters, including members and supporters of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, who tried to block it off and prevent other students from participating.
From the McGill Tribune:
As part of the event, which was called Artists 4 Israel, Chabad McGill erected a section of wall on which participants could paint murals.
According to Eva Chorna, a U1 Science student and member of Chabad’s student board, the event was intended to promote positive messages.
“Basically, what we tried doing with this event [was] we brought a group of artists [who] came to spray paint a mural on which we were promoting a really peaceful and inclusive message for coexistence,” Chorna said.
According to Chorna, the event was designed to bring together people of different backgrounds and political views through a common medium–art. The event was not related to Israeli-Palestinian relations.
“It’s just related to the idea that […] Israel comes to campus with its arms wide open, with the desire to have a conversation about peace, with the desire to engage with students in a meaningful dialogue, in a meaningful conversation,” Chorna said.