Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish Congress exclusion

    OTTAWA, July 3 /CNW Telbec/ - 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

For further information:

For further information: For direct contact: the Alliance of Concerned
Jewish Canadians' delegation; Montréal: Abraham Weizfeld, Administrative
Secretary, (514) 284-6642; Val David: Robert Silverman, (819) 322-5216;
Ottawa: Diana Ralph, (613) 321-2834

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