The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Welcomes Canada's Stand at the UN

OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs welcomes the Government of Canada's decision to change its votes on several one-sided resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) relating to the Middle East peace process. These resolutions frame Israel as the sole perpetrator of aggression, making no mention of Palestinian culpability or responsibility for perpetuating conflict in the Middle East. 

In reaction to the Government's decision, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre, issued the following statement:

"We commend Prime Minister Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister Baird for the leadership they have shown on issues related to the Middle East. Canada's principled stand in opposing a number of unbalanced resolutions that portray Israel as the root cause of the conflict represents an example that should be followed by all countries committed to peace in the region.

"The cumulative volume of anti-Israel vitriol these resolutions contain hinders credible UN involvement in moving the conflict toward a peaceful resolution. Canadians believe the UN should take a constructive approach to the conflict and focus on peace and reconciliation, not blame and vilification. We can all be proud that these are the values Canada upheld at the UN today."

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is the voice of the organized Jewish and pro-Israel communities in Canada, including for those issues formerly handled by the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada-Israel Committee, and the Quebec-Israel Committee.

SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

For further information:

Steve McDonald 
Associate Director, Communications 
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs 
smcdonald@cija.ca / (416) 953-4417

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