Press Release: CIJA Calls on St-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Rename Sites Bearing the Name of Man Who Restricted Land Sales to Jews 

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January 14, 2020

Press Release: CIJA Calls on St-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Rename Sites Bearing the Name of Man Who Restricted Land Sales to Jews 

Montreal, QC—This morning, La Presse reported on the discovery of clause by a now-deceased St-Jean-sur-Richelieu landowner, Alphonse Waegener, restricting the sale of real estate to Jews.  

Upon learning this, Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Québec (CIJA-Québec) issued the following:

“CIJA condemns in the strongest terms the antisemitic comments made by the now-deceased landowner’s son, Louis Waegener, justifying the discriminatory clause used by his father to prohibit the sale and rental of his lands to Jews. Antisemitic and racist clauses, prevalent in the 1950s, have since been invalidated by a Supreme Court decision.

In light of this revelation and Mr. Waegener’s comments, CIJA calls on the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to do the right thing and commit to renaming the street and park bearing the Waegener name.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA

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