The Week in Review – October 17, 2021

Oct 16, 2021 | Publications, Uncategorized, Week in Review


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This week, CIJA attended the Malmo International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada will be making permanent the role of the Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

CIJA and Jewish Federations across Canada have been advocating for this role to be made permanent for years and CIJA included it as a top policy issue in our 2021 Federal Issues Guide.

CIJA issued a statement on this milestone development that demonstrates the Canadian government’s allyship in the fight against antisemtisim.

The Holocaust is the most well documented genocide in history by both perpetrators and victims. The murder of 6 million Jewish children, men, and women by the Nazi regime is a fact. Denial of the Holocaust is a crime in Germany, the country that engendered the atrocities of the Final Solution, because the Holocaust is not debatable.

CIJA has long advocated for Holocaust denial in Canada to be made an indictable offence, as has been done in Germany, France, and Austria. We must hold accountable those who spread toxic disinformation, perpetuate antisemitism, and try to erase Jewish history, trauma, and suffering.

To learn more about this systemic, industrial scale genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its collaborators with the goal of annihilating the Jewish people, visit The Holocaust (yadvashem.org).

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