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The Exchange: Combating Holocaust Denial 

Antisemitism is on the rise in Canada and around the world as are instances of Holocaust denial and distortions of the Jewish experience. This surge is exacerbated by an increasingly polarized political climate, rising extremism, and a lack of Holocaust education.  

On March 29, we hosted a discussion regarding the Criminalization of Holocaust Denial as a potential solution to rising antisemitism and Holocaust distortion. Panellists Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Head of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Institute; Sacha Ghozlan, Legal Expert; and Dr. Carson Phillips, Managing Director of the Neuberger and adjunct faculty at Gratz College, shared their perspectives on the pros and cons of criminalizing Holocaust Denial. 

This event was presented by CIJA in partnership with Jewish Federations across Canada.

Moderated by CIJA Director of Research and Public Policy Emmanuelle Amar, expert panelists include: 

Michal Colter-Wunsh

Michal Cotler-Wunsh

Michal Cotler-Wunsh is an international law expert and an Israeli-Canadian. She serves as the Head of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Institute for Aliyah Policy & Strategy, Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Federations of North America, and is an advisor on strategy & policy to several organisations. She was a member of Israel’s 23rd Knesset. 


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Sacha Ghozlan

Sacha Ghozlan is a French legal expert member, primarily focused on criminal law and business litigation applied to companies in the digital economy. Prior to practicing law, Sacha Ghozlan was President of the French Union of Jewish Students [UEJF] from 2016 to 2019.  

Alzabella Tabarovsky

Carson Phillips, PhD

Dr. Carson Phillips is the Managing Director of the Neuberger and adjunct faculty at Gratz College where he teaches in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies graduate program. He is an editorial board member of PRISM— An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, and an expert on Holocaust education and pedagogy.


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Emmanuelle Amar (Moderator)

Director of Research and Public Policy, CIJA

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