This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, February 27, 2022
The Jewish Agency has received many requests from Jews who wish to leave Ukraine. Jewish Federations across Canada have launched fundraising appeals to help Jewish Ukrainians. We encourage those who would like to support fundraising efforts to contact their local Federations.
Last Thursday, Valley Park Middle School in Toronto reported two disturbing incidents of antisemitism. This is the latest example of an unacceptable trend, with antisemitic incidents, on average, taking place weekly. As in most other instances, the principal took immediate action to address the matter, and the TDSB will provide a Holocaust education program for the entire school. However, no matter how responsive and effective, these reactive interventions are insufficient, and proactive education is required.
CIJA strongly supports two Private Members Bills, introduced by MPs Kevin Waugh and Peter Julian, criminalizing Holocaust denial and hate symbols. Both are vital steps that we call on Parliament to pursue.
While academic institutions have taken steps in recent years to teach and promote diversity, information pertaining to antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish lived experience is omitted or, worse, dismissed. Learn about CIJA's recommendations to extend the standardized national social studies curriculum to include to include Holocaust education, and to further the implementation of the IHRA definition of antisemitism here.
OPINION: Confronting hate symbols in Canada | Toronto Sun
Yet another ‘Heil Hitler’ salute—this time targeting a Jewish teacher—is reported at a Toronto middle school, in Flemingdon Park (thecjn.ca)
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