Press Release: CIJA Deeply Disturbed by Incident at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 23, 2018

TORONTO, ON – Yesterday, school administrators at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute took down a Jewish Heritage Month banner, after stifling student Holocaust remembrance initiatives.

In response, Noah Shack, CIJA Vice President, Greater Toronto Area, issued the following:

“We were outraged by reports from students that a Jewish Heritage Month poster resembling the Israeli flag was taken down by school’s administration. It is entirely inappropriate for school administrators to censor the connection to Israel that is central to Jewish identity.

“CIJA has met with senior TDSB officials to convey our community’s deep concern about this issue. We have been told that a meeting with the principal is forthcoming.

“Discrimination has absolutely no place in our schools. We urge the TDSB to treat the issue with the seriousness it deserves and to resolve the situation immediately.”

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

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For more information, please contact:

Adir Krafman
Senior Manager, Media Relations
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
Phone: 416-820-6871
Email: akrafman@cija.ca

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