This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, March 10, 2024

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|March 10, 2024
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy


Traditionally, this newsletter highlights the advocacy work that CIJA undertook throughout the week; today, however, we must focus on a key issue that requires your attention and, more importantly, your action. 

On March 18, the NDP will bring a motion in the House of Commons that threatens Canada’s values, foreign policy, and support of Israel, while giving Hamas what it wants – recognition and support following its murderous attack on Israel on October 7. 


And the reasons for that are simple.  

The motion calls for: 

  • The immediate and unilateral recognition of a Palestinian State by Canada. 

There are many reasons why that can't happen, but the big ones are: 

  • It foregoes the necessary bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and will leave critical issues unresolved, including borders, and the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees. 
  • Since the Montevideo Convention of 1933, international law has traditionally required that four criteria be satisfied before the recognition of an entity as an independent sovereign state can be considered – a permanent population, a defined territory, a government, and the capacity to conduct international relations. Three of these are missing for Palestinians.  

The motion also problematically calls for: 

  • The reinstatement of funding to UNRWA. 

The reasons are obvious why that can't happen: 

  • UNRWA employees actively collaborated with Hamas in the October 7 attacks. 
  • UNRWA is part of the problem, not part of the solution. 

Finally, the motion wants: 

  • An arms embargo on Israel. 

There’s one simple reaction to that: 

  • Canada’s only democratic ally in the Middle East is fighting a defensive war against a terrorist organization that has sworn to destroy the Jewish state - they cannot be left defenseless. This would be akin to enacting an arms embargo against Ukraine as it battles Russia’s invasion. 

BUT, MOST CRITICAL IN ALL OF THIS: The motion would mean de facto unilateral recognition of Hamas, a Canadian-listed terrorist organization, as the government of Gaza. 

To end the suffering in this conflict, Hamas – as the Canadian government has reiterated several times – must liberate the hostages, lay down its arms, and play no future role in governing Gaza. Hamas has said time and again they have no intention to do so, rejecting multiple negotiated offers for a ceasefire between the parties and to provide additional assistance to Palestinians. 

Unilateral measures that disregard the legitimate interests of others have never brought peace and stability. They will not bring peace and stability now, not for Israel and not for the Palestinians.  


Ask your Member of Parliament to vote “NO” to rewarding Hamas and changing Canada’s longstanding foreign policy.


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CIJA in the News 

The West Block Transcript – Episode 25, Season 13 (Global News)

Haters could migrate to smaller platforms not covered by online harms bill, fear minorities (The Globe and Mail)

La hausse de l’antisémitisme est terrifiante, au Canada et dans le monde (La Presse)

Des manifestants s’opposent à la venue de soldats israéliens au musée de l’Holocauste (La Presse)

Mob surrounds Jewish community building in Montreal (Israel National News)

Canada's digital safety balancing act (National - The Canadian Bar Association Magazine)

Une coalition poursuit Ottawa pour faire cesser ses exportations militaires à Israël (ICI Radio-Canada)

Concordia wouldn’t let a student group hold an Israel-related event on campus, so it moved to Federation CJA’s building—where protesters blocked the entrances (The Canadian Jewish News)

Anti-Israel 'hate' mobs mass outside Montreal Holocaust Museum (National Post)

FIRST READING: Another 'victory' declared by Canada's increasingly brazen anti-Israel movement (National Post)

Douglas Todd: Will a new Canadian law lead to less inflammatory speech against Jews? (Vancouver Sun)

Pro-Palestinian protesters barricade IDF reserve soldiers event (Concordia Link)

'We will defeat the Zionists': Anti-Israel protesters harass IDF reservists at Montreal talk (The Jerusalem Post)

Liberal government reportedly poised to resume UNRWA funding (National Post, + Postmedia syndication)

Un organisme appelle les élus à dénoncer l'« escalade » de l'antisémitisme (La Presse)

Jewish organizations granted injunction against protesters in Montreal (The Globe and Mail)

Manifestations antisémites: la communauté juive obtient une injonction (iHeartRadio, + syndication de La presse canadienne)

Pro-Palestinian mob blocks access to Montreal Holocaust Museum over pro-Israel event (The Times of Israel)

Quebec court grants Jewish group injunction against pro-Palestinian protesters (Toronto Star, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

FIRST READING: Police respond to accusations that they've surrendered streets to the anti-Israel mob (National Post)

More protests are expected outside Thornhill synagogue today (CP24)

Liberal MP voices support for NDP motion calling for Gaza ceasefire, Canadian recognition of Palestine (iPolitics)

Housefather, Mendicino raise concerns about UNRWA amid reports feds to restart funding (iPolitics)

‘Death to the Jews:’ Protester gives Nazi salute at Montreal ex-IDF talk (The Jerusalem Post)

Montreal synagogue, Jewish group granted injunction against protesters (National Post, + Postmedia Syndication)

Manifestations pro-Palestine Cinq groupes ne pourront plus manifester près de bâtiments de la communauté juive (La Presse, + syndication de La presse canadienne)

Trudeau says some Pro-Palestinian protests cross the line into hate, harassment (CBC News, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

B.C. Jewish leaders call on Premier Eby to address anti-Semitism in NDP (Victoria News)

Should protests be banned at places of worship? (CityNews)

Montreal: Protesters say 'fake' Jews have no home, colonized Germany (The Jerusalem Post)

B.C. premier says former minister's exit from NDP is 'humbling' (CBC News)

Certaines manifestations pro-Palestine dépassent les bornes, selon Trudeau (La Presse, + syndication de La presse canadienne)

Montréal: des propalestiniens bloquent l'accès a un événement pro-Israël au musée de la Shoah (The Times of Israel)

Eby disputes antisemitism claim, but says NDP MLA’s exit ‘humbling’ (Global News, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

Arrests made at demonstrations outside Thornhill synagogue: police (CP24)

Protesters clash at Thornhill synagogue event billed as promoting West Bank land sales (Toronto Star)

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