This week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy | November 26, 2023

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|November 26, 2023
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

This week, we applauded the Government of Canada for taking additional steps to help protect the Jewish community, saluted the governments of Saskatchewan and Manitoba for their commitment to enhancing their curriculum to ensure that future generations understand the Holocaust and the dangers of antisemitism, and invited you to join us in Ottawa on December 4 to unite and rally for the hostages, the people of Israel, and the safety of Jewish Canadians.

Read on to learn more.

The CIJA Team  

The people of Israel need us today more than ever. Join CIJA, JFC-UIA, Canada's Jewish Federations, and thousands of community members and allies on Monday, December 4, at 1:30 PM ET on Parliament Hill to unite and rally for the hostages, the people of Israel, and the safety of Jewish Canadians. Contact your local federation for details.


CIJA appreciates the Government of Canada’s additional steps to help protect the Jewish community by expanding the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP). The new updates include: the ability to have some expenses reimbursed starting from the date the application was submitted, rather than waiting for it to be approved; approval for SIP funds to be used for security guards; and expanded eligibility to more non-profits, including daycares. It also earmarks an additional $5M in funding for new applications, the deadline for which is March 31, 2024.

CIJA has been advocating for many of these changes to SIP, which is a lifeline for Jewish organizations and synagogues. Learn more.


Saskatchewan has become the fourth Canadian province to adopt mandatory Holocaust education in schools, joining Ontario, B.C., and Alberta. Holocaust education will be a compulsory component of the renewed Social Studies 10 curriculum expected to be introduced to high school students across Saskatchewan in 2025-2026. Read our full statement

We are also pleased to learn that Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew has committed to mandating Holocaust education as part of the province’s K-12 curriculum.


Israel needs Canada’s support in its war against terrorism. It takes just a minute to add your voice and support the democracy of Israel while rejecting the hate and terrorism of Hamas.


Community Calendar

Communities are gathering in cities across Canada in response to the devastating war on Israel by Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza. Find an event near you.

November | Holocaust Education Month Events
December 7-15 | Chanukah

CIJA in the News 

Canada criminalized 'condoning, denying or downplaying' the Holocaust: is it working? (City News, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

Terry Glavin: Obama's blunders created the Iranian threat terrorizing Israel (National Post)

‘I’m at a loss’: Trudeau government’s own experts upset by its foot-dragging over online harms law (Toronto Star)

Des organisations juives réclament l’entrée du négationnisme dans le code criminel (La Presse, + Syndication La presse canadienne)

CAMPUS WATCH: U of Alberta sexual assault centre director fired over open letter denying Hamas rapes (True North)

Canada criminalized ‘condoning, denying or downplaying’ the Holocaust: is it working? (Winnipeg Free Press)

The true threat to Mideast peace is Iran (National Post)

String of Ottawa events linked to antisemitism alarms local Jewish community (Toronto Star)

Hateful slurs. Vandalism. Online vitriol. Montreal’s Jewish and Muslim communities see sense of peace and safety in tatters over Israel-Hamas war (Toronto Star)

Toronto man charged after string of alleged hate-motivated assaults, including at a Toronto mosque on Saturday (Toronto Star)

Bring them home': Pro-Israel rally against antisemitism calls for return of hostages (Rebel News)

Those calling for an Israeli ceasefire don’t really know what they’re asking for says Parry Sound—Muskoka MP Scott Aitchison (Huntsville)

Jewish groups skeptical anti-racism commissioner can regain their trust (Vancouver Sun)

RCMP investigates Imam who called for killing of Zionists at Montreal rally (The Globe and Mail)

ANALYSIS | Canada's voting record at United Nations faces scrutiny as Israel-Hamas war intensifies (CBC)

Jama claims 'Zionist lobby' was behind her censure at QP (The Hamilton Spectator)

Durham College condemns anti-Semitic comments made in a video by student (Durham Radio News)

Hamas : Jean-François Lépine tient des propos «très troublants», s'inquiète un avocat au CIJA (QUB Radio)

What does 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free' mean? (CBC News)

Canadian province of Saskatchewan adds mandatory Holocaust education (The Israel National News)

Jewish group critical of boy who calls for 'Intifada' at local pro-Palestinian rally (Toronto Sun)

Arrests made at Israel/Gaza demonstrations Sunday (CTV News)

Indo-Canadian community group launches ‘Reclaim Swastika’ campaign (Hindustan Times)

Justice Minister Arif Virani says online harms bill 'an absolute priority' (CityNews Toronto, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

Hamilton MPP Sarah Jama removes name from open letter questioning alleged Hamas sexual violence (CBC)

‘Be on the front lines,’ former Canadian envoy Irwin Cotler advises young Jews (National Post, +JNS Syndication)

L’enseignement de l’Holocauste sera bientôt obligatoire au secondaire en Saskatchewan (Radio-Canada)

Holocauste : la nécessité d’enseigner cet épisode de l’Histoire – Point du jour (Radio-Canada)

Canadian province of Manitoba to make Holocaust education more prominent (The Israel National News)

Israel-Hamas hostage deal offers hope for longer-term peace in Gaza: Trudeau (CityNews Halifax, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

Le ministre Arif Virani promet de légiférer bientôt pour contrer la haine en ligne (iHeartRadio, + syndication La presse canadienne)

Decision to stay hate charges in Calgary case of pro-Palestinian protester who chanted ‘From the River to the Sea’ raises questions for the legal community (The Canadian Jewish News)

Liberals reiterate pledge to regulate “online hate” (True North)

Canadian woman missing amid Israel-Hamas war: Global Affairs Canada (CTV News, + The Canadian Press Syndication)

Jewish advocacy groups support Sask. government's Holocaust education requirement (CBC News)

Guerre Israël-Hamas: une plainte déposée à l'Ombudsman de Radio-Canada en rattrapage (Qub Radio)

Guerre Israël-Hamas: une plainte déposée à l'ombudsman de Radio-Canada (Le Journal de Montréal, + syndication par Agence QMI)

Jewish association wants Vancouver pro-Palestine group banned (Vancouver is Awesome, + Glacier News Group Syndication)

Allison Hanes: Too little, too late for anti-racism commissioner? (Montreal Gazette)

Reported number of hate crimes has soared in Toronto this fall, with nearly half of all incidents targeting Jews—according to police chief Myron Demkiw (The Canadian Jewish News)

Toronto police charge 11 in Indigo store vandalism, report spike in hate incidents (The Globe and Mail)

Hate crimes in Toronto ‘the likes of which we have never seen’ (Toronto Star)

Rise in Hate Crimes (CTV News Toronto)

'Staggering' rise in hate crimes across Toronto: police chief (CityNews Toronto)

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