This week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy | January 28, 2024

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|January 28, 2024
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

This week, we responded to the Order from the International Court of Justice. We advocated for the dismissal of a post-secondary instructor who publicly celebrated the horrors of October 7, we honoured the victims and the Survivors of the Shoah, and we encouraged journalists learning first-hand the repercussions of the October 7 massacres.

Read on to learn more.

The CIJA Team  

On Friday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its Order on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

In response, the leaders of the J7, the Large Jewish Communities’ Task Force Against Antisemitism, issued a joint statement. Read it here.


Educational institutions should be safe environments for all students. CIJA was gratified to learn that Natalie Knight, an instructor at British Columbia’s Langara College who publicly celebrated the October 7 terrorist attacks committed by Hamas as “an amazing, brilliant offensive” at a rally on October 28 in Vancouver has, after a lengthy suspension, been dismissed from the college. CIJA will continue to work with Langara College, and all other B.C. post-secondary institutions, to ensure that their campuses are safe environments for students, staff, and faculty from all backgrounds .” Read our full statement here


January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an occasion to honour the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and the brave Survivors who, in Israel and around the world, rebuilt their lives after the horrors of the #Holocaust. Thousands of people around the world, including CIJA staff, took part in the World Jewish Congress’ #We Remember campaign.


On Friday, CIJA held its fourth annual commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. The event featured remarks from Holocaust Survivors, Jewish community leaders, and diplomatic representatives. Watch it here.

Learn more about International Holocaust Remembrance Day here

Canadian journalists Rob Roberts from the National Post and Brian Lilley from the Toronto Sun were among a group of Canadians who joined a privately sponsored tour to Israel for media professionals to witness first-hand the atrocities committed on October 7. This week, they shared their experiences in their respective news outlets.

Roberts: The smell of horror in Israel's kibbutzim is hardest to forget

LILLEY: Those lecturing Israel should walk a mile in a kibbutz 

Community Calendar

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.

January 28 | A Collection of Works of Art by Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants in Canada
February 19 | Family Day (CIJA offices closed in BC & ON) 

CIJA in the News 

Theatre of the absurd at International Court of Justice (

WARMINGTON: Cops allege they nabbed the protester in the mask (Toronto Sun)

Toronto Jews anxious amid unprecedented antisemitic spillover from Gaza war (The Times of Israel)

Two men charged in connection with notorious anti-Israel protest at Toronto mall (Ottawa Citizen, + Postmedia Syndication)

Israel-Gaza conflict deepens – CTV National News for Sunday January 21, 2024 (CTV National News)

Toronto Jews anxious amid unprecedented antisemitic spillover from Gaza war (The Times of Israel)

Five weeks after a December protest inside the Toronto Eaton Centre, two men were charged with mischief and assaulting a police officer (The Canadian Jewish News)

Environment advocacy dominates in record-breaking 2023 for lobbying (The Hill Times)

OPSEU silent as members raise alarm over union banner at anti-Israel, pro-Houthi protest (National Post)

Victoria queer activist group paying pro-Palestinian protesters loses grant (True North)

Commemorating victims on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Global News)

Opinion: Antisemitism on campus cannot be tolerated (The Montreal Gazette)

Islamic group calling for Shariah law cancels Canadian event after U.K. declares it a terrorist entity (National Post, + Postmedia Syndication)

Les Juifs de Toronto inquiets de la flambée d'antisémitisme liée à la guerre à Gaza (The Times of Israel)

OCDSB trustee Nili Kaplan-Myrth seeking judicial review of board sanctions against her (CTV News)

Solidarity mission brought a message of hope and resilience to Alberta delegation (Albert Jewish News)

Lawyers prepare legal action against schools across Canada over rising antisemitism (The Globe and Mail)

Langara instructor reportedly reinstated after comments supporting a terror attack – On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko (CBC Radio)

A promise made, a promise broken: what is the government doing about online hate? (The Hill Times)

Help vs Antisemitism (Jewish Independent)

Jewish perspectives (Canadian Mennonite)

FIRST READING: Terror-supporting college instructor claims victory following reinstatement (National Post, + Postmedia Syndication) 

Community Careers

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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