This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, September 4, 2022

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|September 04, 2022
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy


Late last week NDP leader Jagmeet Singh sent an email to supporters setting out his party’s new policy positions on the Israel-Palestine conflict.  

Mr. Singh professes he wants to see a peaceful two-state solution – as does CIJA, the Jewish community, the Canadian government, and all major Canadian political parties.  

However, Mr. Singhs approach ignores the reality on the ground in the region, laying the blame at the feet of Israel and in turn infantilizing Palestinians, and reducing them from genuine partners in peace to little more than passive victims. Mr. Singhs position assumes that every challenge faced by the Palestinian people is not only Israel’s fault but also Israel’s responsibility to solve.  

This new approach adopted by the NDP will not build peace in the region. It will only serve to sow division, advance a distorted narrative and history, and preclude a safe space for Jews in the NDP. 

Join us in calling on Mr. Singh and the NDP to stop using this divisive rhetoric that infantilizes Palestinians, demonizes Israelis, and will not lead to peace in the region. 

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For the first time since 2019 Pride Shabbat returned to Ottawa and Calgary. 

Last week, CIJA proudly co-hosted Pride Shabbat Dinners in Ottawa and Calgary. Hundreds of LGBTQ2S+  community members and non-Jewish allies joined us to celebrate our Jewish values and rich heritage with great pride. 

We are thankful to the various elected officials from all levels of government who attended, especially our special guest speakers MPs Eric Duncan and Yasir Naqvi. We also thank our other guest speakers for their support and community leadership and extend our sincerest appreciation to the spiritual and congregational leaders for their guidance, warm words of affirmation, and support.  

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Join CIJA and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. on Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m. PT for a Vancouver Mayoral Pre-Election Town Hall where candidates from the primary parties will discuss issues of mutual importance to our communities, including affordable housing, community safety, fighting racism and hate, access to culturally appropriate services, and transportation and accessibility.

Moderated by Global News Hour anchor Sophie Lui, with panelists:

  • Ken Sim (A Better City)
  • Kennedy Stewart (Forward Together)
  • NPA Candidate (to be announced)
  • Mark Marissen (Progress Vancouver)
  • Colleen Hardwick (TEAM For a Livable Vancouver)

Location: Temple Sholom, 7190 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6P 3Z9

For more information or questions, please contact [email protected]

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September 5 Labour Day (CIJA offices closed)
September 12  UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Campaign Launch
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

'Great friend': Canadian official under fire for praising convicted Palestinian criminal (National Post)

Canada reviews anti-racism funding after 'vile' tweets (BBC)

Diversity Minister Hussen will be judged based on result of review into CMAC funding, says Jewish advocacy group (Hill Times)

Ottawa to probe 'disturbing' tweets by consultant on government-funded anti-racism project (CBC)

Canadian diplomat tries to hide meeting with Rajoub after uproar (Jerusalem Post)

Trudeau promises complete review of funding to anti-racism group after ‘vile’ tweets (Toronto Star)

‘Reprehensible and vile’: Anti-racism group loses federal funding over antisemitic tweets (Toronto Star)

Former Trudeau-funded anti-Semite said Canada is an 'Apartheid' state after becoming a citizen (The Post Millenial)

Canadian government to review funding to anti-racism groups (Israel National News)

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