Canada To Declare Anti-Zionism Activities As Antisemitic Under IRHA Definition
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism has been adopted as part of the Government of Canada’s new anti-racism strategy that Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez announced today. A key component "to help address resurgent antisemitism in Canada" will be a new secretariat to investigate systemic racism and discrimination within federal institutions, programs and services.
The Trudeau government has alloted approx. 10% of $45-million overall budget for the Anti-Racism Secretariat. The budget also includes funding for public education, programs run by community groups on job-skills training, youth mentorships, legal services and protections against hate speech.
According to a statement from the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, "The IHRA definition definitively and explicitly recognizes that anti-Zionism is a clear and unequivocal expression of antisemitism."
Michael Mostyn, CEO of Bnai' Brith Canada, told his followers on Twitter "Racism is real. We welcome this new government initiative to combat racism in our society. @bnaibrithcanada has long advocated it is essential for our federal government to adopt the #IHRA definition of antisemitism."
This new federal policy has struck panic among champions of the BDS movement as they may now run afoul of the authorities in their pronouncements and protest marches about the "Zionist state".
Yesterday the far-left fringe radicals of Independent Jewish Voices Canada tried to rally opposition to the government plan, claiming "the IHRA definition does not help fight antisemitism. IJV and other Canadian groups are working to stop the IHRA definition ... which intentionally outlaws criticizing Israel and silences support for human rights and freedom for Palestinians."
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