Jewish Defence League of Canada Open Letter to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Regarding Funding for Anti Israel Conference

    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ -

    To whom it may concern;

    I was very disappointed to read that your ministry is providing funding
    for the Anti Israel Conference that York University is sponsoring. It is
    the position of the Jewish Defence League of Canada that no funding from
    tax payers money should go to this conference. There is consensus in the
    Jewish Community that this conference negates Jewish Rights and that is a
    fundamental violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights. Your department
    stated the following:

    "The grant holder has informed SSHRC that the changes in conference
    programming since November 2008 are minor and that the aims of the event
    remain unchanged in their essence. The Dean of Osgoode Hall of Law
    School, and the Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University
    agree with him. SSHRC has accepted their assurance that planning for the
    conference is proceeding in a manner consistent with provisions of the
    Grant Holder's Guide for the program."

    A similar conference just took place last week in South Africa with the
    participation of Bruce Ryder from Osgoode Law School.

    International conference: Re-envisioning Israel/Palestine

    This same individual, Bruce Ryder, is one of the main organizers of the
    conference at York University and we are deeply offended that your
    department ignored the concerns of the Jewish Community. The advisory
    board for the conference is filled with people that either do not accept
    the basic historical rights of the Jewish People or demand an Academic
    Boycott of Israel.

    The Jewish Defence League of Canada demands the right to third party
    review of the application for funds. And will lead a protest against this
    conference of Hate.

    Thank you,

    Meir Weinstein National Director Jewish Defence League of Canada

For further information:

For further information: Meir Weinstein, National Director, Jewish
Defence League of Canada, (416) 736-7000

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