The College of Ottawa is being criticized for suspending a medical resident after he shared pro-Palestinian views on social media.
Dr. Yipeng Ge, a resident doctor in his fourth 12 months of public well being and preventive medication, has been reposting data on X — beforehand often called Twitter — since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7.
A joint Instagram post on Saturday by journalist Shaun King and a web page known as Hidden Palestine signifies Ge was “abruptly” suspended from his residency. It additionally alleged the College of Ottawa’s College of Medication misused its authority, intimidating residents and college students via censorship, and urged folks to name on the college to research professor Dr. Yoni Freedhoff.
Freedhoff, an affiliate professor of household medication on the College of Ottawa, wrote a blog post On Nov. 2, focusing on Ge for his pro-Palestinian social media posts and accusing him of antisemitism. Freedhoff additionally known as out Ge on X, claiming he was spreading antisemitism.
Allegedly, Ge was suspended shortly after Freedhoff’s weblog was revealed.
In response to Ge’s suspension, a petition was created with the goal of reinstating him and launching an inquiry into this system. The petition goes additional, urging the College of Ottawa to “difficulty an apology for the failure to have interaction in due course of within the investigation of Dr. Yipeng Ge and different college students of the College of Ottawa who’ve been unjustly denied their elementary proper to free expression.”
The petition additionally requires the College of Ottawa to take steps to guard Ge from additional harassment and to handle Freedhoff’s alleged actions, holding him accountable for harassing the medical resident and doubtlessly exposing him to bodily and reputational hurt.
As of Sunday afternoon, the petition has obtained greater than 28,000 signatures.
Following the information of Ge’s suspension, many social media customers started criticizing the College of Ottawa. Quite a few folks highlighted the medical resident had been actively sharing posts advocating for a ceasefire within the Israel-Hamas war.
Reinstate Dr. Yipeng Ge and Launch Inquiry into uOttawa College of Medication
They wish to fireplace him for calling “ceasefire” he’s a human being and deserves higher remedy
— absan (@absan86) November 19, 2023
The tweets I’ve seen by @yipengGe have known as for a ceasefire & identified the great struggling of the Palestinian folks. There was no hate speech or antisemitism.
That is sadly an instance of bullying in medication & academia@uOttawa please do higher
— RealMed, MD🇨🇦💅🏽 (@RealMed3) November 19, 2023
So long as I’ve identified @yipengGe, he has been dedicated to fairness, anti-racism and justice. He has been unjustly suspended from residency, with out due course of, for supporting Palestinian human rights. Please inform @OttawaU this isn’t OK. https://t.co/9ohHTVxOss
— Ritika Goel (@RitikaGoelTO) November 19, 2023
I’m disturbed & appalled on the suspension of Dr. @yipengGe from @uOttawaPHPM. He’s amongst quite a few healthcare employees being focused for talking in opposition to the violence in Palestine. Please signal and share broadly. He doesn’t deserve this. — https://t.co/5qHkEdeYDY
— Nisha Kansal (@Nisha_Kansal) November 19, 2023
Have you learnt this core precept known as educational freedom? Do you want a reminder by @CAUT_ACPPU?
Dr Ge’s is allowed to overtly condemn the genocide of 🇵🇸 and plead for a ceasefire it doesn’t matter what a college’s tackle the matter is.
Please restore the hurt accomplished now. https://t.co/byXu7YvcRR
— Dr Katherine Blouin 🍉 (@isisnaucratis) November 19, 2023
Yahoo Canada has reached out to Ge and the College of Ottawa for remark.