FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2019
Press Release: CIJA Welcomes Canada’s Decision to Join Christchurch Call, Urges Made-in-Canada Strategy
OTTAWA, ON — The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that Canada is joining the Christchurch Call, a global pledge by governments and tech companies to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.
In response, CIJA President and CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel issued the following:
“We commend the Prime Minister for today’s announcement that Canada will be joining the Christchurch Call. Online radicalization has quickly become one of the most urgent and complex challenges facing security officials. As demonstrated in recent attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh and Poway, as well as the attack on mosques in Christchurch, there is a clear link between online radicalization and real-world violence.
“The Christchurch Call should be a springboard for a made-in-Canada strategy, bringing together government, law enforcement, community stakeholders, and social media companies. There is a need for new tools to prevent online platforms from being abused by those inciting violence and systematically promoting hate propaganda, be they white supremacists, violent Islamist extremists, or others.
“This is too important to become a partisan issue, which is why we urge parliamentarians across party lines to work together to advance this cause.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada
- Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement on the Christchurch Call may be found here.
- The text of the Christchurch Call may be found here.
- Since the shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue last October, CIJA has conducted a campaign urging the Government of Canada to launch a national strategy on online hate and radicalization.
- CIJA advocated for this to begin with an in-depth study by the House of Commons Justice Committee. In April, the committee commenced its study of this issue, which is expected to conclude in the coming weeks.