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Statement: CIJA Calls on City of Léry to Encourage Citizens to Have Antisemitic Clauses Removed from Land Deeds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2020

Statement: CIJA Calls on City of Léry to Encourage Citizens to Have Antisemitic Clauses Removed from Land Deeds

Montreal, QC — The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affaires (CIJA) was alerted to the fact that more antisemitic clauses restricting the sale of land to Jews have been discovered. The latest occurrence in the suburban Montreal municipality of Léry came to light as a result of a recent real estate transaction.

In response, Eta Yudin, Vice President, Quebec, issued the following:

“CIJA applauds individuals like real estate agent Anne-Marie Ashcroft, in this case, and those in a similar case in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, who took action and brought this matter to the public’s attention. This isn’t the first case in which property owners have been affected by such antisemitic restrictions dating back to a bygone era. These covenants, common throughout North America until the 1950s, have since been invalidated by the Supreme Court and there is no reason for them to remain on paper.”

“We urge the City of Léry to follow St-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s example in encouraging residents affected by such covenants to have them officially stricken from their deeds. CIJA continues to monitor such cases and is exploring ways to limit the bureaucratic hurdles that such amendments entail for affected property owners.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, including Montreal’s Federation CJA.

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