This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy – March 27, 2022

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|March 28, 2022
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

According to Statistics Canada, Jewish Canadians remain the most targeted religious minority in our country for hate crimes. In response to rising antisemitism, governments in countries such as France and Germany have enacted legislation to criminalize Holocaust denial, a particularly pernicious form of Jew hatred. Last month, a Member of Parliament tabled legislation that would do the same in Canada.

Join us Tuesday March 29 at 1 p.m. EDT for The Exchange, a webinar about why such legislation is important, the challenges it poses, and what we can learn from other countries that have enacted similar laws. Panelists will be Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Head of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Institute for Aliyah Policy & Strategy, and Former Member of Knesset; Dr. Carson Phillips, PhD, Managing Director of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre; and Sacha Ghozlan, French legal expert.

The Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate, of which CIJA is a founding member, has developed an online resource centre providing youth, parents, educators, and policymakers with strategic tools to identify and combat online hate effectively. The resources focus on building digital literacy, understanding how the internet is leveraged to spread and incite hate and prejudice, how radicalization occurs, and how youth encounter hate online.

Visit combatonlinehate.ca to learn how you can combat online hate. 

Together, we can work to protect marginalized communities – and all Canadians – from online hate.

*The resource centre is funded by the Government of Canada through the Anti-Racism Action Program.

Each act of support, big or small, counts. In solidarity with the people of Ukraine, Federation CJA is hosting a day of Solidarity with Ukraine for the Montreal Jewish community on Tuesday, March 29th. Montrealers are encouraged to dress in blue and yellow, donate new and used items to help Ukrainians fleeing the devastation, and to donate to the Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund. Together, we can all make a difference.

Jewish community continues to be the most targeted religious group for hate crimes, Statistics Canada reports (thecjn.ca)

Hate crimes up 37 per cent in 2020, other crime down: Statistics Canada

Ontario Government Relations Professional

Associate Director, University Relations

March 29 The Exchange
April 15-23 Passover
April 22 Matti Friedman @ Beth Sholom
April 28 Yom HaShoah


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