Independent Jewish Voices Canada condemns B’nai Brith Canada for its opposition to M-103, the motion in the House of Commons to combat Islamophobia. In February 2015, the House, urged on by B’nai Brith, passed a motion condemning anti-Semitism. But when it comes to Parliament extending the same consideration to our Muslim sisters and brothers and other groups, B’nai Brith, which calls itself a ‘human rights organization’ is not only silent but is campaigning against it.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – ( CIJA) also opposes M-103.
“Canadian Jews know all too well the dangers of intolerance and hatred,” said IJVC National Coordinator Corey Balsam, “And the best way for us to combat racism and xenophobia is to join hands in solidarity with other vulnerable groups, not to cast them aside. B’nai Brith’s actions are reprehensible, coming as they do at a time when white supremacists rally openly and in the wake of the horrific shootings in Quebec City that killed six and injured nineteen others.”
On October 18 B’nai Brith Canada launched its anti-M-103 campaign, insisting that anti-Semitism was the overriding problem in Canada, and arguing that Islamophobia is exaggerated. Moreover, without evidence, it insisted that Muslims are among the top perpetrators of anti-Semitism.
“In years gone by, B’nai Brith had an honoured history of defending the human and civil rights of all Canadians, said Balsam, “But it is obvious that they have long forsaken that legacy.”