This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, February 25, 2024

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|February 25, 2024
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

This week, we worked with a national media outlet to help spread the message of growing levels of antisemitism since October 7, and we are working with the government to help victims of hate crime sue civilly for damages.

Read on to learn more.


CIJA President and CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel, and Nico Slobinsky, CIJA Vice President, Pacific Region, were among many representatives of Canada’s Jewish community who spoke with Global News National for an investigative report, based on documents, interviews, and figures compiled from police forces, demonstrating the dramatic surge of antisemitism across Canada that followed the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

In addition to three news segments that aired throughout the week and three long-form investigative articles, Global News also produced an unprecedented 30-minute prime time special about antisemitism rising in Canada since October 7, which aired on Saturday night.

We are grateful to Global News for shining a light on this insidious hate that endangers all Canadians.



As part of our work combating antisemitism, CIJA has been advocating that victims who suffer emotional distress as a result of hate crimes should be able to sue perpetrators for damages.

To this end, CIJA deputed at Queen's Park before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy studying Bill 157, Enhancing Access to Justice Act, to support amendments to the Victims' Bill of Rights that would make it easier for individual victims of hate crime – regardless of whether they suffered bodily harm from those crimes – to hold perpetrators accountable in civil court.

As the Bill moves to third reading, CIJA will continue to push to ensure that victims of antisemitic hate crime are included in the list of victims who are presumed to have suffered emotional distress so that the very real consequences of hate are recognized by the courts.


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CIJA in the News 

Le poids des mots (Le Devoir)

Investigation: The antisemitism that Oct. 7 unleashed in Canada (Global News)

Antisemitism victims speak out amid surge of cases in Canada: ‘It’s just hatred’ (Global News National)

Antisemitic hate crimes in Canada going unchecked (Global News National)

Free Press coming under criticism for supposed “anti-Israel” bias (Jewish Post and News)

Conservative MP pushes for study on campus antisemitism (True North)

Hamilton MPP calls PM's protest condemnation 'bonkers' (The Hamilton Spectator)

Federal funding supported U of A conference with pro-Hamas speakers (The Jim Bakker Show)

Jewish group condemns Quebec MNA's comments on Israel-Hamas war (CTV News Montreal, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

Propos sur la guerre entre Israël et le Hamas Un organisme juge « indigne d’un élu » la « rage » du député Haroun Bouazzi (La Presse, + syndication de La presse canadienne)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators block Bronfman Building at McGill University (Montreal Gazette)

Canada : Une élue juive licenciée et menacée de mort pour ses propos sur Israël pré-1947 (Times of Israel)

Terry Glavin: Canada is losing the fight against foreign interference (National Post)

Antisémitisme : on voit une escalade d'événements à Montréal, s'inquiète le CIJA - Sophie Durocher (Qub Radio) 

Community Careers

National senior professional, External Affairs - CIJA - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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

Associate Director, Community Security (Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver)

Director of Grants and Allocations (Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver/CIJA)

Vice President, Community Planning, Partnerships & Innovation (Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver)

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