This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, June 19, 2022

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|June 19, 2022
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

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John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, has publicly issued a letter in which he pledges full provincial support of the federal government’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. He also reaffirms his commitment to use the IHRA definition as a non-legally binding educational tool to identify all forms of antisemitism in BC.

Join us in thanking Premier Horgan and the BC Government for fighting anti-Jewish racism.

At the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) presented its Commission of Inquiry (COI) report that investigated “all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law” by Israel in its territories during the May 2021 conflict. Read the report, which condemns Israel while exonerating Hamas of any and all accountability, here

Canada is among a group of more than 20 countries that issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about the dangers posed by the misleading and unreliable report and about the open-ended COI, which which reflects the UNHRC’s long-standing history of giving Israel disproportionate attention. 

Many global leaders, including Arab-Israeli Yoseph Haddad, retired British Army Officer Col. Richard Kemp, NGO Monitor’s Anne Herzberg, South African CEO of DEISI International Olga Meshoe, Former Israeli Member of Knesset & author Dr. Einat Wilf, Professor of Law and retired Lt. Col Geoffrey S. Corn, shared their viewpoints at a session held by UN Watch on the dangers this biased and skewed report poses to all global citizens.

Becca Wertman-Traub, CIJA’s Director of Research, was on the ground in Geneva to listen in on the conversations. Hear what she has to say about why all Canadians should be concerned. 



By referencing the common Abrahamic heritage of Muslims and Jews in the foundational document of the Abraham Accords and featuring “Hatikvah” at official events, Arab countries are implicitly acknowledging that Jews are a Biblical people indigenous to the Land of Israel. This is a joyous revolution that overturns generations of Arab and Islamic ideological delegitimization of Israel.

CIJA President & CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel explores the resounding positive effects that the Abraham Accords have had on trade and diplomatic relations across the region.


OPINION: Rejoicing in the Abraham Accords (Toronto Sun)

Calls to abolish Canada terror list at event on Ottawa city property (JPOST) 

At Ottawa conference, anti-Israel activist Khaled Barakat blames Jews for Palestinian violence (JNS)

Toronto’s new Holocaust museum is receiving $2.5 million from Ottawa (The CJN) 

Canada announces $2.5M investment in Toronto Holocaust Museum (JNS)

Canadian MP laments anti-Israel taunts at daughter’s high school graduation (JNS)

Director of Government Relations (Ontario)

June Pride Month
Indigenous People’s Month
June 24  Fete Nationale (Our Montreal office will be closed) 
July 1 Canada Day (CIJA offices will be closed)

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