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CIJA Response to Sharing of False Information by MP Charlie Angus

Jan 6, 2021 | CIJA Priorities, Online Hate, Uncategorized

Ottawa, ON – This week, MP for Timmins — James Bay shared a misleading article that claimed Israel was intentionally excluding Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign based on discriminatory decisions. These claims are demonstrably false.

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

“It is imperative that elected officials check the veracity of the information they share online. An experienced MP like Charlie Angus should and does know better. Effectively his retweet is tantamount to a blood libel, and yet he refuses to take it down despite being made aware of the facts including that the premise of the story he amplified is demonstrably false. Had the issue been one other than the Jewish state, the tweet would have already been removed, if posted at all. This type of dog-whistle has no place in Canadian politics.”

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

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Additional Background: Dispelling the Myth: Israel’s Vaccine Distribution

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