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Jul 19, 2019 at 04:27 PM
first-ever motion of its kind at a Canadian municipal level is asking the City of Vancouver to adopt a definition that would equate antisemitism with criticism of the state of Israel. The motion introduced by NPA Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung will go before Council on July 23 and hear from speakers on July 24th. Help us stop this motion by taking action now! 

The BC Civil Liberties Association is opposed to this motion and concerned about the stifling of freedom of expression as a result. The Federal NDP has also opposed its adoption by the federal government, even though unfortunately the Liberals announced recently that they were adopting it as part of an anti-racism strategy. That being said, the definition has never gone before the Parliament and no law was changed; but Israel’s lobby groups are hailing it as a victory as it will make it easier for Canadian authorities to demonize campaigners for justice in Palestine and critics of Israel’s state ideology, Zionism. Now the Israel lobby groups are training their guns on local governments, police departments and universities.

An ad hoc groups of activists, led by Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), and their national campaign to stop this adoption, is spearheading a local campaign of letter writing and speaking at City council to defeat this problematic motion. 

Consistent with COPE's long-standing policy of support for Palestinian rights as well as combatting all forms of discrimination, including antisemitism, COPE executive has endorsed this campaign and is requesting members and supporters to take part in it. 

 

Click on a button below to take action. You can also spread the word, by sharing this email, by contacting individuals representing organizations or unions who can write a letter in opposition, or speaking to any of the Councillor whom you know.

 

 

 



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