Medical Resident Suspended For Social Media Posts

According to a report, in response to a medical resident’s pro-Palestinian social media posts, the University of Ottawa has reportedly suspended him.

Since the Hamas assault on Israel on October 7, resident doctor and fourth-year public health medical student Dr. Yipeng Ge has been sharing news and updates on X.

A Saturday Instagram post from blogger Shaun King and a website called Hidden Palestine suggests that Ge’s residence was unexpectedly revoked. It further claimed the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine had censored and threatened locals and students, and it asked readers to demand an investigation into the allegations against Professor Dr. Yoni Freedhoff.

Associate professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa, Freedhoff, published a blog post on November 2 in which he accused Ge of antisemitism because of his anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian social media remarks. Freedhoff accused Ge of propagating antisemitism on X, and he was called out by Freedhoff as well.

Ge was allegedly suspended immediately after Freedhoff’s blog post was published.

Freedhoff wrote that Ge declared that if the slogan “From the river to the sea” makes you uneasy, it’s because you think Palestinian liberty is a danger to Jewish safety, and if the slogan “Free Palestine” makes you uneasy, it’s because you benefit from the persecution of Palestinians.

Freedhoff said on his blog that Ge hadn’t written anything regarding the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas.

Petitioners hope their efforts will lead to Ge’s reinstatement and an investigation of his program’s actions after his suspension. Dr. Yipeng Ge and other students at the University of Ottawa, Canada, were allegedly wrongfully denied their right to free speech. The petition further demands an apology from the university for failing to participate in due process. More than 28,000 people had signed the petition.

A report shows people took to social media after hearing of Ge’s suspension to express their displeasure with the University of Ottawa. Several sources claimed that the medical intern had been promoting a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.