Government Relations

B’nai Brith Applauds Appointment of New Government Envoy to Fight Antisemitism

November 25, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is applauding the federal government’s announcement Thursday that it will establish a position to help combat antisemitism. After many years of B’nai Brith advocacy calling for such a position to be created, the government indicated that it will appoint human-rights expert and former Justice Minister Irwin Cotler as its …

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B’nai Brith to PM: Throne Speech Should Confront Antisemitism

September 14, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – In advance of the Speech from the Throne in nine days, B’nai Brith Canada has written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterating the importance of confronting antisemitism during this challenging time of COVID-19. “The Speech from the Throne is a major statement of government direction, setting out an agenda …

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Tackling Online Hate and Antisemitism: B’nai Brith Urges Government Action

September 10, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is pushing for forthright action by the Government of Canada to confront online hate and antisemitism. Recommendations on a mix of policy and legal remedies were presented during September 4 consultations between B’nai Brith Canada and Canadian officials including MP Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister …

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Time for Canada to Hold Iran to Account: B’nai Brith

June 26, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – Following a recent report about Iran seeking to reopen its ties with this country, B’nai Brith Canada is calling on the federal government to hold Iran to account. Two years have elapsed since the House of Commons passed a resolution condemning Iranian-backed terrorism and calling on the government to list the entire …

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B’nai Brith Corrects Canada’s UN Ambassador

June 15, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada has written to Marc-André Blanchard, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, to express concern over anti-Israel bias and misinformation at the UN. In a June 10 letter to UN Member States and Observer States, Blanchard affirmed Canada’s commitment to a two-state solution – but also …

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Canada Can Strengthen Its Bid for a UN Security Council Seat by Avoiding Funding Palestinian NGOs That Attack Jews and Israel

June 5, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – Canada is campaigning for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, a bid which could be strengthened if funding is withheld from Palestinian non-governmental organizations with links to terrorism or which inspire hatred against Israel. In a recent report, the highly respected research institute, NGO Monitor, details how UN-coordinated …

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B’nai Brith Denounces Hypocritical Letter to PM on Israel

June 4, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is denouncing a highly publicized open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as both hypocritical and unjustified. The letter, released earlier this week, was written by a group of retired Canadian diplomats who objected to hypothetical Israeli government plans to extend its legal jurisdiction to …

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B’nai Brith Releases New Policy Paper on Confronting COVID-19-Inspired Antisemitism

May 26, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – Concerned over the rise in COVID-19-inspired antisemitism, B’nai Brith Canada is addressing disinformation and conspiracy theories directed at the Jewish community, and urging government leadership to take action against it. B’nai Brith has released a new policy paper, outlining how governments can address the growing issue of COVID-19-inspired antisemitism and disinformation …

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COVID-19: As Charities Step Up, Canadian Government Support Is Urged

March 23, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is urging the federal government to include support for charities in its response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Throughout Canada, charitable organizations are serving the needs of citizens. Every dollar donated to these groups goes back into the community to address challenges. In times of …

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