This week, CIJA expressed disgust and outrage at the hypocrisy of the Government of Canada’s vote at the UN and led an enlightening exchange between two important intersectional Israeli figures about the Israel-Hamas War and more.
Read on to learn more.
The CIJA Team
Just hours after issuing a statement preconditioning a ceasefire on Hamas releasing the hostages, stopping its use of Palestinians as human shields, laying down its arms, and surrendering its control of Gaza, the Government of Canada voted in support of a UN General Assembly resolution supporting a ceasefire – despite it not including those conditions.
Hamas is a listed terrorist entity in Canada and is irrefutably guilty of war crimes – against both Israeli and Palestinian civilians. They cannot be rewarded and left unaccountable.
Canada’s Jewish community will not forget that, in the face of unprecedented antisemitism, only emboldened by Hamas’ October 7 massacre, the Canadian government chose to ignore not only Israel’s right to defend itself but also Israel's obligation to defend itself. Canada’s decision to support the resolution will undoubtedly lead to further hate directed toward Jews here in Canada.
CIJA’s CEO, Shimon Koffler Fogel, released a statement you can read here.
Hundreds of Canadians listened to a conversation between Ashager Araro, an Ethiopian-Israeli activist, feminist, and Battae Cultural Centre founder; and Jonathan Elkhoury, a Christian Lebanese Arab-Israeli, International Relations Director for DiploAct, and champion of LGBTQ2+ rights.
Watch a replay of this enlightening exchange between these two important intersectional Israeli figures about the Hamas-Israel War, international and diplomatic perspectives, the battle of narratives, and how, even in times of deep polarization, we can bolster community and build partnerships. Watch it here.
Communities are gathering in cities across Canada in response to the devastating war on Israel by Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza. Find an event near you.
CIJA in the News
Joel Kotkin: As antisemitism surges on the left, Jews are pushed to the right (National Post)
'This is my home': A Lebanese LGBTQ+ Israeli Christian on life in Israel (National Post, + Postmedia syndication)
Ontario increasing funding to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia (Huntsville Doppler Online)
Israël/Hamas: des débats dans les universités du Québec sur la réaction à afficher (iHeartRadio, + Syndication par La presse canadienne)
L'antisémitisme décomplexé aura définitivement marqué 2023, se désole le VP du CIJA (QUB Radio)
2023, l'année de l’antisémitisme décomplexé (Journal de Montreal)
Canada's support for ceasefire is better late than never, say Londoners with family in Gaza (CBC News)
Cessez-le-feu : la communauté juive se sent trahie par Ottawa (TVA Nouvelles, Journal de Montreal, Journal de Quebec)
Celebrating Hanukkah with Community (TPS)
Canada breaks with long-standing Israel stance at UN in voting for Gaza ceasefire (Montreal Gazette, + The Canadian Press Syndication)
Liberal caucus meets after Canada votes for Israel-Hamas ceasefire at United Nations (Toronto Star, + The Canadian Press Syndication)
Le Canada vote pour un cessez-le-feu aux Nations unies (Le Presse)
Canada votes for UN resolution calling for Israel-Hamas ceasefire (Toronto Star)
Trudeau government votes at UN for Israel-Hamas ceasefire after joint statement with Australia, N.Z. (Vancouver Sun, + Postmedia Syndication)
Canada backs call for Gaza ceasefire in UN resolution vote (CHCH)
Canada votes in favour of UN ceasefire resolution (CP24 Live at Noon)
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs “disgusted and frankly shocked” by Canada’s yesterdays United Nations delegation vote (NEWSTALK 1010)
Canada’s vote on a United Nations motion that called for a ceasefire, but didn’t mention Hamas, is criticized by Jewish groups—and a few Liberal MPs (The Canadian Jewish News)
How Canada's UN vote breaks with long-standing policy — and what Israel says about it (Toronto Star, + The Canadian Press Syndication)
‘Disgusted and...shocked’: Jewish support group denounces Trudeau government’s ‘hypocritical’ foreign policy as Canada calls for ceasefire in Gaza (Yahoo News)
Canada’s shifting position on Israel – Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge (QR Calgary)
La volte-face diplomatique du Canada sur la guerre à Gaza divise à Ottawa (Le Devoir)
Conflit Israël-Hamas: le Canada réclame un cessez-le-feu (TVA Nouvelles, Journal de Montreal, Journal de Quebec)
Police Chief Dagher tells Jewish community “We should not let the fear get to us.” (The Suburban)
CIJA Calls Out The Canadian Gov’t For Its Hypocritical Foreign Policy (The Alberta Jewish News)
At UN, Canada calls for Gaza ceasefire, a shift away from voting with Israel (Times Colonist)
Trudeau government votes at UN for Israel-Hamas ceasefire after joint statement with Australia, N.Z. (National Post)
U.S. warns Israel losing support as Canada backs call for ceasefire in UN vote (The Globe and Mail)
Justin Trudeau has both good and bad reasons for turning his back on Israel (The Globe and Mail)
Jewish PSAC members concerned over union's increased Middle East activism (National Post, + Postmedia Syndication)
Ottawa Playbook - Foreign Policy Twist (Politico)
'Many of our members feel unsafe in the current climate': Jewish PSAC members concerned over union's activism (Ottawa Citizen)
Le vote d’Ottawa pour un cessez-le-feu est salué et critiqué en Colombie-Britannique (Radio Canada, ICI Colombie-Britannique)
Rx for antisemitism? (Jewish Independent)
Associate Director, University Relations and Public Education | Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver/CIJA
CEO, Ottawa Soloway Jewish Community Centre
Community Engagement Specialist | Jewish Federation of Ottawa