Meeting between Mario Dumont and members of Jewish community generates inappropriate Quebec news media coverage

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW/ - Leo Adler, Director of National Affairs for
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies today said he is
saddened and upset by the coverage and reaction of certain segments of the
Quebec news media following a meeting between National Assembly Opposition
Leader Mario Dumont and members of Quebec's Jewish community.
    "The Jewish community has been present in Quebec for over 300 years.
Their contribution to the cultural, social, economic and political life of the
province has been outstanding. To depict a meeting between an elected
politician and the Jewish community in the outrageous manner that certain
Quebec media have done, is unacceptable. It calls into question the motives of
those parties," said Adler.
    "Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center would equally condemn any similar
journalistic depictions directed against any other segment of Quebec society,"
he added.
    "Portraying Mr. Dumont in Hassidic garb, or putting dollar signs in his
eyes because he met Jews - and showing valises filled with money - stereotypes
Jews and caters to the spread of anti-Semitism. This reportage is unacceptable
and intolerable. One can only imagine the justified reaction of outrage if
these depictions were made against the Francophone community. These
publications have disgraced Quebec's image in the international arena. We hope
to never again see this type of journalism published in Quebec," said Adler.

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For further information: David Eisenstadt, The Communications Group
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