Canada Must Step Up and Act on IHRA - CAEF Bulletin February 27, 2020

On April 25, 1920 in San Remo, Italy, The Supreme Council of the Allied Powers recognized the “historical connection of the Jewish people to Palestine and the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.

Canada Must Reject the UN’s Anti-Rights Campaign

Recently, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released a “blacklist” of 112 Israeli companies that do work in Judea and Samaria. This is a completely unprecedented move by the UN which has never called for a massive commercial boycott over territorial disputes before.

The move is emblematic of the UN’s hypocrisy as there are only two countries in the world with active slave markets, Libya and Mauritania, both of which sit on the UN Human Rights Council. Hypocrisy or blatant antisemitism? According to the accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition, this action most certainly represents another day of antisemitism at the United Nations—treating Israel differently than any other country for similar circumstances. Even worse, since there is no illegal occupation, the treatment is nothing more than overt Anti-Zionism which is Antisemitism. See statement from the US Ambassador the UN

CAEF suggests a letter writing campaign to bring this injustice to the attention of our Federal Government and ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Global Affairs, and the Canadian Ambassador to the UN, to speak out against this despicable action. Canada is a signatory to the IHRA definition and ought to act on the principles inherent in the definition. The government voted against Israel at the United Nations at the beginning of 2020, but this latest UN act of bigotry must be challenged by a fair-minded government. The United States has already done so.

The unjust, biased and antisemitic organization, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is running a campaign to urge Canadians to tell the government to support this UNHRC recommended boycott of 112 companies. This is the same tactic used to close down Jewish businesses in Europe in the 30s - spread lies, demean a people, single out one group, the Jews, for unfair treatment. Let us not stand by while a Canadian organization boasts of the same tactics today.

CAEF offers the sample letter below for readers to use in writing to the PM, Minister of Global Affairs, UN Ambassador, or your own MP. Use your own words, adapt this letter, or copy it. See addresses below. Stand Proud, take action.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francois-Philippe Champagne

House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Marc-André Blanchard

466 Lexington Avenue, 20th Floor New York, NY 10017, USA