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Press Release: Federation CJA and CIJA Welcome Montreal City Council’s Condemnation of Antisemitism

Jun 16, 2021 | Antisemitism, CIJA Publications, Montreal, Press Releases, Quebec, Uncategorized

MONTREAL, QC – Today, Montreal’s City Council passed a motion condemning the recent wave of antisemitism in the city. Presented by Ensemble Montréal and proposed by City Councillor for the Côte-de-Liesse district, Francesco Miele, and the Leader of the Official Opposition, Lionel Perez, the motion comes three weeks after a similar motion unanimously adopted by the National Assembly, and week after Quebec’s adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Eta Yudin, CIJA Vice President, Quebec, issued the following:

“Since the outbreak of the recent conflict between Hamas and Israel, Jews in the streets of Montreal and across the world, have been the targets of an unprecedented rise in antisemitic violence, harassment and threats.

 

“We welcome today’s adoption by Montreal’s City Council of a motion that unequivocally condemns antisemitism and commits to fighting Jew-hatred, and salute Councillor Francesco Miele and Opposition Leader Lionel Perez for presenting it. Montreal’s motion follows a unanimous condemnation of antisemitism by Quebec’s National Assembly and the Government of Quebec’s adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

 

“The strong denunciation and commitment to combating antisemitism by all levels of government offers a measure of relief and encouragement to the Jewish community as we look ahead to the federal government’s forthcoming emergency summit on antisemitism, where our elected officials will develop concrete actions aimed at stemming the rising tide of Jew-hatred in this country.”

Yair Szlak, CEO of Federation CJA, added:

“Montreal’s City Council has joined Quebec’s National Assembly in unequivocally condemning the vicious wave of antisemitism that has rocked our city. Montreal is a city that prides itself on its vivre-ensemble. Antisemitism is a threat to every value we hold dearly and we applaud the City of Montreal for today’s motion. Montreal can and must do better in the fight against antisemitism on our streets and online.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of Canada’s Jewish Federations, including Montreal’s Federation CJA.

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Additional Information:

  • Statement following the Quebec National Assembly’s unanimous motion condemning antisemitism, here.
  • Statement following Quebec’s adoption of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, here.
  • Statement following Canada’s announcement of an emergency summit on antisemitism, here.

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