B’nai Brith: Stop anti-Israel bias in NDP caucus

B’nai Brith Canada, 31 May 2012

TORONTO – Canada’s Jewish human rights organization, B’nai
Brith Canada, has alerted NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair regarding its concern
over anti-Israel sentiment in his caucus. The organization has learned that
Deputy NDP Leader Megan Leslie has been selectively promoting several
anti-Israel events on her NDP website, such as “Halifax Israel Apartheid
Week”, a week of activities that has been denounced by government and
community leaders as promoting hatred and intolerance on campus. Just last
week, Leslie advertised an anti-Israel program referring to the “illegal
occupation” of the Palestinians.

Deputy NDP Leader Libby Davies has also been actively campaigning against
Israel by bringing forward a petition in the House of Commons unfairly
criticizing the State and calling on the Government of Canada to change its
position towards Israel. B’nai Brith is calling on Thomas Mulcair to ensure
that the NDP maintains an inclusive policy platform that supports the
Jewish State.

Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, issued the following statement:

“While we greatly admire Thomas Mulcair’s strong personal conviction in
support of the Jewish State, which he has articulated publicly on multiple
occasions, we do have concerns as to the growth of anti-Israel propaganda
within the NDP. We are calling on the NDP leader to formulate a definitive,
principled party stance regarding the Jewish State, to fully condemn the
growing demonization of Israel within his party and to ensure that the NDP
does not allow itself to be misused to spread anti-Israel propaganda.”


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