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Press Release: CIJA Calls for CRA Audit of Canadian Charity and Corporation for Promoting Hate Speech

Nov 25, 2020 | Press Releases

Ottawa, ON – The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is urging Canada’s Minister of National Revenue, the Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, to call for a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit of Family of Radio Maria-Canada and Radio Maryja Torun Corporation. This request follows CIJA’s uncovering of records showing that Polish station Radio Maryja consistently airs programming promoting hate speech, including antisemitism and homophobia.

Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO of CIJA, issued the following:

“Over the last three decades, Poland’s Radio Maryja has been widely and repeatedly denounced by many Jewish and Polish civil society groups, and by the Catholic Church itself, for wilfully broadcasting antisemitism. Family of Radio Maria-Canada’s promotion of Radio Maryja’s broadcasts is both shocking and indefensible because it uses Canadian charitable dollars to promote antisemitism, homophobia, and other forms of hate and intolerance. For this reason, CIJA is adding its voice to those within the Canadian Polish community who are urging the Federal government to launch an immediate and thorough CRA audit of Radio Maryja’s fundraising infrastructure in Canada.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada. 

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