This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, Jun 16, 2024

This week, we saluted the thousands who supported the community at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Walk with Israel, and we continued our series of webinars to help participants become effective online advocates. 

Read on to learn more. 


For months, CIJA and Federation CJA have been sounding the alarm about the rise of antisemitism in Montreal and the need for concrete action.   

It's time for Mayor Valérie Plante to act to restore peace and security to Montreal. Many Montrealers, from all walks of life, are calling for an end to illegal encampments and an end to antisemitism and hate speech supported by radical groups bent on destroying the values that make Montreal a “metropolis of peace.”   


On June 9, an estimated 50,000 people joined UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Walk with Israel, setting an attendance record for the annual event. Participants walked a five-kilometre stretch of Bathurst Street between Lawrence Avenue and the Prosserman JCC. $1.2M was raised and will fund rebuilding in Israel after the October 7 Hamas attacks. We join UJA in thanking Toronto Police Service and security and police forces from outside Toronto, including Hamilton, Niagara, York, Durham, and the OPP, for their presence throughout the day.  

Join us Tuesday, June 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET, for the third of a four-part webinar series, Introduction to Digital Advocacy, designed to equip participants with the skills and resources to identify, monitor, and report antisemitic, anti-Israel, and violent content, and to identify misinformation, disinformation, and fake news across leading social media platforms. 

We will learn what to do when hate pops up on our feeds. FOA founder and president Tomer Aldubi will guide us through FOA’s Reporting AI system and show us how this Israeli non-profit is using open-source intelligence to counter cyberhate on social media. Social media influencer Tomer Carmeli will reveal the top 10 best practices to create social media posts that perform.  


Community Calendar

Communities are gathering in cities across Canada in support of the people and land of Israel. Find an event near you.

June 24 | Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)
July 1 | Canada Day
August 13 | Tisha B’av

CIJA in the News 

University of British Columbia’s senate defeated a motion to cut ties with Israeli universities (The Canadian Jewish News) 

Calls for discipline of doctor in fallout of Israel ceasefire speech at medical school graduation (Winnipeg Sun) 

An Israel critic and a Muslim advocate: PSAC's 'antisemitism' panel has Jewish members crying foul (National Post + Postmedia Syndication) 

Jews and supporters of Israel celebrate hostage rescue worldwide (The Jerusalem Post) 

Canadians describe Jew-hatred threat ‘as bad if not worse’ than in US (Jewish News Syndicate) 

RCMP official calls for debate on hate speech law after probe of controversial imam ends without charges (CBC News) 

Toronto school board seeks to enshrine anti-Palestinian racism concept as antisemitism soars (National Post + Postmedia Syndication) 

Après son enquête sur Charkaoui, la GRC lance un débat sur l’incitation à la haine (ICI Radio-Canada Ottawa-Gatineau) 

Antisémitisme: «Mme Elghawaby tout ce qu'elle fait c'est mettre le feu un peu partout», déclare le CIJA (QUB Radio) 

BC Teachers’ Federation declines to fund Holocaust education group, while funding pro-Palestinian group (The Globe and Mail) 

BCTF removes online presence of committee allied with pro-Hamas rallies (Vancouver is Awesome) 

Concerns about newly announced BC United candidate running in Surrey (Global News) 

Toronto ’Walk with Israel’ event held amid high security, faceoffs with protesters (Montreal Gazette) 

Gaza protesters shout support for Hamas during Toronto's 'Walk With Israel' march (The Post Millennial) 

Opinion: Words are not enough; time for decisive action on antisemitism (Montreal Gazette) 

B.C. United missteps divide Muslim community, strategist claims (CBC News British Columbia) 

CIJA concerned about BC United Candidate (CityNews 1130 CKWX) 

Will B.C. United dump Surrey North candidate Asad Gondal? – The Jas Johal Show (Global News Talk 980 CKNW) 

La GRC Lance un Débat sur L’Incitation à la Haine – 15:26-18:37 – Le Téléjournal Alberta (ICI Radio-Canada Télé) 

Community Careers

National senior professional, External Affairs - CIJA
Associate Director, University Relations - Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, CIJA
Associate Director Advocacy, Public and Independent Schools - Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, CIJA
Hillel Director - Jewish Federation of Edmonton
Chief Executive Officer - Calgary Jewish Federation
Vice President/Director of Development - Jewish Federation of Ottawa/Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation