This week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy | November 20, 2022

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|November 20, 2022
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and CIJA celebrate Vancouver City Council’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.  

This historic announcement marked the culmination of years of advocacy by Vancouver’s organized Jewish community representatives and follows examples set by the UN, the EU, and more than 30 countries including the US and Canada. The adoption of IHRA signals that Vancouver City Council recognizes the struggles faced by the Jewish community and that it stands in solidarity against Jew-hatred and all forms of hate.

Please send Mayor Sim and Vancouver City Council a note of thanks for adopting this gold-standard tool for defining antisemitism and for their commitment to apply it to government policies and actions.

As discussed last week, controversial French rapper Freeze Corleone, who was strongly denounced in France for the fundamentally antisemitic lyrics of his songs, was scheduled to perform in Montreal. We are pleased to report that the event has now been cancelled by the venue.

Despite initially citing “freedom of expression” as justification to continue with the concert, the Montreal venue later heeded the calls of thousands of community members deeply troubled that Corleone was being provided a new platform to disseminate his hate.

CIJA's Eta Yudin spoke at length with Elias Makos, host of The Elias Makos Show on CJAD 800. 



CIJA has joined 180 civil rights groups from around the world in sending “Elon, Twitter has an antisemitism problem,” a letter to Twitter owner Elon Musk that calls on him to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism to fight the rampant Jew-hatred on the social media platform.

Demonstrating the seriousness of Twitter’s antisemitism problem, the letter to Musk includes more than a thousand examples of antisemitic tweets that fall under the IHRA definition. The joint letter also recommends a way for Twitter to flag antisemitic tweets while educating users about Jew-hatred.

Join more than 180 AdoptIHRA Coalition members calling for the support and the adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism by Twitter!


November  Holocaust Education Month 
November 19-21 #nomoreantisemitism International Conference 2022

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Executive Director | Kehillat Beth Israel, Ottawa
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