FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2018
Toronto, ON – The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is outraged by an anti-Israel protest that took place outside the office of B’nai Brith in Bathurst Manor, a Toronto neighbourhood with a large Jewish population.
In response Noah Shack, Vice President, GTA, CIJA issued the following:
“What the Jewish community of Bathurst Manor witnessed today is a failed attempt at intimidation by a hateful group of protesters who boasted of ‘taking it to their neighbourhood’. It is absolutely unacceptable that these tactics are being used to sow discord between communities in our city.
“The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has shamefully allowed itself to be drawn into the antisemitic and counter-productive hate campaign against Israel. Union members waved their flags and applauded speakers who derided local residents and spewed inflammatory statements calling for the destruction of Israel.
“Upon learning of this development last week, we shared our concerns directly with Toronto Police, and we are grateful for their service in keeping the peace today. We will continue to engage elected officials at all three levels of government regarding this issue.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
- The demonstration was reportedly organized as a response to B’nai Brith Canada’s condemnation of a “joint project” between the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and the Palestinian Postal Service Workers’ Union (PPSWU).
- CIJA has acquired evidence documenting PPSWU’s distribution of antisemitic material online, public support for the hateful BDS movement, and the union’s support of Palestinian terrorist organizations. CIJA has shared this information with B’nai Brith and reinforce their condemnation.