McGill investigating charges that pro-Israel students barred from student union board

MONTREAL (JTA) – McGill University is investigating charges by Jewish groups and pro-Israel students that three students are being barred from sitting on its undergraduate student union board because they are too pro-Israel.

At a Monday meeting of the General Assembly of the Student Society of McGill University, or SSMU, seven students were voted onto the board. But three others – one of them Jewish and a previous board member, and all known for their pro-Israel stances – were denied seats. [Read more…]

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B’nai Brith, CIJA comment on Islamophobia measure; Quebec passes controversial religious neutrality bill

(JTA) – Jewish leaders in Canada are debating a measure meant to prevent intolerance aimed at Muslims and other minorities.

Earlier this month, the head of B’nai Brith Canada outlined his objections to M-103, a parliamentary motion passed earlier this year that “condemns Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage held hearings on the measure this week.

Critics of the measure say it singles out Muslims for special treatment because it condemns only Islamophobia by name and does not explicitly mention other religious groups. Others have accused the motion of hampering free speech. [Read more…]

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Holocaust memorial plaque that omitted Jews to be replaced

This plaque from the inauguration of the National Holocaust Monument has been removed and will be replaced. (Benita Baker)
This plaque from the inauguration of the National Holocaust Monument has been removed and will be replaced. (Benita Baker)

This plaque from the inauguration of the National Holocaust Monument has been removed and will be replaced. (Benita Baker)

(JTA) – The plaque marking the opening of the National Holocaust Monument will be replaced after the original failed to mention that Jews were the majority of the victims.

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the House of Commons on October 5 that the plaque will be replaced, and also reiterated that the monument commemorates the six million Jews and five million others killed by the Nazis and their supporters during the Holocaust.

“On the day the monument was unveiled, we noticed that the panel at the entrance conspicuously and curiously did not mention Jews,” Martin Sampson, director of communications for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said in a statement. “We raised our concerns with the government. They were very responsive, acknowledged the error and agreed to correct it immediately.”

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