FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2016
Ottawa, ON – At the Green Party of Canada’s convention in Ottawa today, delegates passed a resolution that “supports the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (BDS)” against Israelis. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada, had an observer at the convention who noted that party leader Elizabeth May took a vocal stand against the BDS resolution and was likewise instrumental in amending a resolution on Saturday aimed at revoking the charitable status of JNF Canada.
In response to the passage of the BDS motion, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:
“We condemn the Green Party’s decision to endorse this outrageous resolution. The BDS movement, which seeks to censor and blacklist Israelis, is fundamentally discriminatory and utterly at odds with Canadian values.
“Green Party leader Elizabeth May was right to oppose this toxic initiative as well as the disturbing assault on JNF, in keeping with her longstanding rejection of BDS.”
Josh Cooper, CEO of Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada, stated:
“We are appalled that the Green Party has endorsed BDS against the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and a country that is a world leader in environmental technology and solutions.
“At the same time, we are pleased, to Elizabeth May’s credit, that delegates removed all reference to JNF in another anti-Israel resolution, particularly given that the original proposal contained malicious distortions and falsehoods.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) supports many development areas such as water, forestry and environment, education, community development, security, tourism and recreation, and research and development.
Martin Sampson, CIJA
Jen Brinder, JNF Canada