OTTAWA — B’nai Brith Canada is supporting a group of respected community leaders who have
launched a citizens’ petition to stop government funding to non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) that promote antisemitism.
At the request of the citizens, B’nai Brith will handle the technical and media aspects of the petition. The citizens approached B’nai Brith given its role as one of Canada’s leading organizations defending the interests of the Jewish community.
Submitted to the House of Commons website, and to be tabled formally in Parliament in early June, the citizens’ petition is significant in targeting Federal Government aid to any domestic or foreign NGOs that promote or support antisemitism, as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
The Government of Canada adopted the IHRA in June 2019, and it is now shared by more than 40 nations. “Should the Government act on the petition, it will lead to a significant reevaluation of Canada’s criteria for funding NGOs,” said Marvin Rotrand, National Director of B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights. “For example, NGOs that promote antisemitism, mislabel Israeli cities as Palestinian and encourage children to wage war against Jews, would be ineligible for Canadian public funding.”