For Immediate Release
Toronto, ON – Today, the Ontario Legislative Assembly voted to pass Motion 36, which affirms that the Legislature “stands firmly against any position or movement that promotes or encourages any form of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance in any way.” The resolution further affirmed strong bilateral relations between Ontario and Israel and declared that the Legislature “rejects the differential treatment of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement” – also known as BDS.
Prior to the vote, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), in partnership with Jewish Federations and Hillels across the province, launched a campaign that mobilized thousands of Ontarians to contact their MPP in support of the motion.
In response, Joel Reitman, Greater Toronto Area Co-Chair of CIJA, issued the following statement:
“We applaud MPP Gila Martow for bringing forward this important motion and commend all MPPs who voted in its favour. Today’s motion is a principled declaration that, just as Ontarians rightly oppose all forms of discrimination, our province rejects BDS and other bigoted campaigns against Israelis.”
Sara Lefton, CIJA’s Vice President, Greater Toronto Area, added:
“Combined with recent provincial and municipal trade missions to Israel, this motion reflects the growing strength of the Ontario-Israel relationship. It also demonstrates that elected officials across party lines recognize that BDS is tainted by antisemitism. Just as we are grateful that the Legislature has taken this stand, we are proud that – in just a few short days – thousands of Ontarians took unified action to urge MPPs to support this motion.”
Text of Motion 36 (Introduced by Gila Martow, MPP)
That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should:
- Stand firmly against any position or movement that promotes or encourages any form of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance in any way;
- Recognize the longstanding, vibrant and mutually beneficial political, economic and cultural ties between Ontario and Israel, built on a foundation of shared liberal democratic values;
- Endorse the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism;
- And reject the differential treatment of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.