The Jewish community in Edmonton, Canada has been active on social media and the internet, specifically in the area of identifying and exposing officials who support Palestinian terrorism. JewishEdmonton, a group within this community, led a successful campaign to have Samantha Pearson, director of the University of Alberta’s Sexual Assault Center, dismissed. Pearson had organized a student pro-Palestinian action on campus and had signed an open letter condemning Israel for its military operation in Gaza Strip.
The publication of screenshots of the open letter by JewishEdmonton sparked public outrage, leading to Pearson’s immediate dismissal. 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. He also made it clear that Pearson’s personal views did not reflect the position of the university.
In addition to this, University of Alberta officials stated that an event scheduled by Students for Justice in Palestine was not sanctioned or endorsed by the university. They also noted that the group was not recognized or funded by the university. The vigil associated with the group would be held on November 21st outside the University Arts Centre, with campus security and Edmonton Police ensuring safety.