I have been involved in the Jewish community locally, nationally and internationally over the last several years with increasing focus on advocacy and political engagement. As part of this commitment, I attended February’s NDP federal convention in Ottawa where several polarizing policy proposals concerning Israel were debated. I was shocked and deeply troubled by what I saw. At the expense of critical global issues, one-third of the 45 foreign policy proposals focused on the Jewish state and the ensuing discussions often featured abhorrent anti-Israel rhetoric.
This difficult experience reinforced my belief that Canadian Jewry must have a strategic advocacy organization that, despite our internal differences, unites and empowers us to counter such attacks on the Jewish state. After the NDP convention, I am even more certain that the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is that vehicle. [Read more…]