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Nakba Day Commemorations Spur Antisemitism - B'nai Brith Canada

Nakba Day Commemorations Spur Antisemitism

Nakba Day, which mourns the rebirth of the State of Israel in the ancestral Jewish homeland every May 15 and advocates for its destruction, serves to create antisemitism in Canada, B’nai Brith Canada says.


“A prominent poster for Montreal’s Nakba Day event depicts a Palestinian child preparing to smash a hat featuring a Star of David with a gigantic boulder,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “This imagery glorifies and even incites terrorism, especially stone-throwing attacks that have killed or wounded hundreds of Israeli civilians.

“For over 30 years, B’nai Brith Canada’s Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents has shown that anti-Israel sentiment, as exemplified by events such as Nakba Day, Al-Quds Day and the so-called ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’, lead to manifestations of antisemitism in Canada. Last year B’nai Brith received more than 1,200 verified  reports of antisemitic incidents, many of which were directly linked to anti-Israel activities. Antisemitism is a problem that’s not going away.”

This coming May 15, Palestinians in Canada and worldwide will again commemorate Nakba Day. Using the Arabic word for “catastrophe” to describe the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Nakba Day participants call for the dissolution of the world’s only Jewish State, typically by flooding it with millions of descendants of Palestinians displaced by the Arab-Israeli war of 1947-1948.

For more information, please contact:

Marty York
Chief Media Officer (CMO)
B’nai Brith Canada
416-633-6224 x163


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