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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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Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish Congress exclusion

PRESS  RELEASE          For immediate Release            2007-07-03
 
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians responded today, to the decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to deny membership to the progressive Jewish group. The CJC issued a letter which gave no reason for its decision.

“The decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to exclude the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians illustrates the sectarian orientation of the forces controlling that organization,” declared ACJC Administrative Secretary Abraham Weizfeld. “The rejection of our application to become a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the refusal seat our delegates at the CJC Plenary on June 17th amounts to a refusal to acknowledge growing Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation and siege of the Palestinian territories.”

“CJC’s refusal to include all tendencies in the Jewish community should be seen as a futile attempt to marginalize growing Jewish opposition to Israel’s behaviour and to the exclusive character of the Israel State,” Weizfeld continued.

 He contended that this refusal also motivated the decision by the June 17 plenary of the Canadian Jewish Congress to annul the process of conducting elections to the Board of Directors. As a result of this decision, the Board will now have 25% of its seats reserved for the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy which controls the CJC funding agency, the United Jewish Appeal. Weizfeld explained that these organizations provide unquestioning support to Israel, regardless of what it does.

The resulting vote on a resolution to amend the CJC constitution with regard to election of officers may not have passed if the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians’ delegates had been included.

“We do not share in the uncritical support for Israel,” Weizfeld stated. “It is our position that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, which began in 1967, must end immediately. This is the view that the ACJC wanted to bring to the Canadian Jewish Congress and that the CJC leadership was determined to ignore.” The refusal to hear our independent voice is proof that the CJC is not a body representative of diverse currents in Canada's Jewish population.

“It is essential that Israel and the Palestinians – including the duly elected Prime Minister Haniyeh – begin negotiations to conclude a lasting peace without prior conditions from either side. Only this approach can put an end to this ongoing tragedy for both the Palestinian and Israeli communities,” he concluded.

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Alliance de Canadien/nes juif/ves concerné/es
68, av. Duluth est
Montréal QC H2W 1G8 Canada
(514) 284-6642

ACJC2006@yahoo.ca
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ACJC2006

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