OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs commends the Canadian
Government on becoming the first country to officially sign the Ottawa
Protocol; a report on anti-Semitism issued by the Inter-Parliamentary
Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) which met in Ottawa last
November. Today, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs, released the following statement:
"The Ottawa Protocol stems from the single largest conference ever held
on the study of anti-Semitism. Its ground-breaking findings and
recommendations will serve as the basis of the renewed international
effort against anti-Semitism. The fact that this important document was
crafted in Ottawa is further testimony to Canada's leadership role in
this vital global battle."
"The Coalition's cross-party report reveals how anti-Semitism is on the
rise around the globe, increasingly expressed in the guise of
anti-Zionism. There is a world of difference between legitimate
criticism of specific Israeli government policies, and the use of terms
that dehumanize Israelis and oppose the Jewish state's very existence.
Such hatred, which frequently emerges from Israel's most vocal
detractors in the language of classic anti-Semitism, confirms the
convergence of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitudes."
"Canadians can take great pride in the fact that our country has taken a
leading role in combating anti-Semitism and upholding human rights for
all. We are hopeful that the recommendations of the Ottawa Protocol
will not only be adopted by other countries, but will serve as a model
for countering all forms of hatred and discrimination."
SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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