This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, September 18, 2022

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|September 18, 2022
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy


As reported in August, the news broke that the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC), which has received $130k+ in government funding through Canadian Heritage’s Anti-Racism Action Plan, employed Laith Marouf, who has a documented history of making outrageous and hateful statements against Jews, the Black community, Quebecers, and others. CMAC had used funding from Canadian Heritage for Marouf to hold panels in several Canadian cities.

Following this revelation, CIJA intervened with the Minister responsible and his staff expressing the community’s outrage.

Last week, the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, released a formal response on behalf of the Government of Canada that outlined the significant policy changes they have implemented across government agencies to ensure such a situation does not recur.

Minister Hussen and the federal government took responsibility for the misappropriation of funding. The measures they put in place are substantial. And, most importantly, the Minister committed to working with CIJA to ensure that these measures become a “whole of government” approach affecting all departments that award contracts to third parties.

Late in August, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh sent an email to supporters setting out his party’s demands regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It used divisive rhetoric that infantilizes Palestinians, demonizes Israelis, ignores the reality on the ground, and does nothing to advance peace.

Join us in calling on Mr. Singh and the NDP to stop using offensive rhetoric that will not lead to peace in the region.

September 18 Jewish Federation of Edmonton Campaign Launch
September 25-27 Rosh Hashanah (CIJA offices closed)
October 4-5  Yom Kippur (CIJA offices closed)
October 9-16 Sukkot (CIJA offices closed Oct. 10, 11)
October 10 Thanksgiving (CIJA offices closed)
October 16-18 Simchat Torah | Shemini Atzeret

Toronto launches awareness campaign to combat anti-Semitism (JNS) 

Canadians want answers after anti-Semite given government contracts to combat racism (JNS) 

Westmount company stops auction of Nazi medals 'to avoid any polemic' (Montreal Gazette) 

Cory Hann joins CIJA as its vice-president of communications and marketing (The Hill Times) 

Consider the source of ‘apartheid’ claims: CIJA director (The Hill Times) 

Jewish groups call on Quebec’s political parties to address antisemitism and discrimination during the 2022 provincial election campaign (The CJN) 

Run, hide, defend: This is the new approach to keep Canadian Jews safe over the High Holidays and beyond (The CJN) 

Éric Duhaime preaches 'a nationalism that is more inclusive and less divisive' (Montreal Gazette) 

Mayoral candidates Ken Sim and Kennedy Stewart duck a second debate (The Georgia Straight) 

Pushing back hard against hatred (The Hamilton Spectator) 

Jewish org calls for Quebec political parties to fight antisemitism (Israel National News) 

Municipal election matters –CJPAC can help you volunteer with your choice of campaign (Jewish Independent) 

CIJA is Hiring
Associate Director, Partnerships and Community Engagement
Executive Director – Atlantic Jewish Council

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