For Immediate Release
Montreal, QC – Earlier today a bomb threat was issued against Muslim students at Concordia University. In response, leadership of Federation CJA, the central address of the organized Jewish community, and the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA Quebec) issued the following joint statement:
“The Jewish community of Montreal unequivocally condemns this threat and stands in solidarity with Muslim fellow citizens. We cannot allow the peace of our communities to be disrupted by threats of violence,” stated Federation CJA President, Evan Feldman
“The wounds of Quebec City have yet to be healed and this morning’s threat reminds us that the pathology of hate persists. Threats of violence from any quarter against any group need to be taken with the utmost seriousness and must be rejected in the strongest terms possible,” stated Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair of CIJA Quebec.
“An attack on any community is an attack on all Quebecers. Threats were made today against Muslim fellow citizens, and the Jewish community stands together with them against this call to violence,” noted Deborah Corber, Chief Executive Officer, Federation CJA.
“A threat against any group, be it based on ethnicity, religion or race, must be condemned in the strongest terms. We know all too well the price of standing by and as Jews we cannot and will not stand in silence when others are targeted,” added Eta Yudin, Vice-President, CIJA Quebec.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
Federation CJA is the driving force in a vibrant Montreal Jewish community. In partnership with a network of agencies and organizations, Federation builds and sustains this community by providing leadership and by supporting the delivery of services and programs to care for the vulnerable and those in need, to ensure a bright Jewish future, to represent and defend communal interests and to positively affect issues in the wider society.
Deputy Director, Public Affairs (Quebec)
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)