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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"Canadian Jews support the Durban review," Independent Jewish Voices, April 8, 2009.

[Some people have actually read the 2001 Declaration and Programme of Action, but you are unlikely to encounter any of them on the evening news. Read it yourself, and you will be able to tell. Canada is boycotting this conference. -jlt]

Press Release - For immediate release

April 8, 2009 - Independent Jewish Voices

P.O. Box 23088
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 6H9

Canadian Jews Support the Durban Review

As Canadian Jews, we support and will attend the Durban Review of the World Conference Against Racism in Geneva, April 20-24. We do so because we are concerned about all expressions of racism. Unfortunately, there are Zionist and pro-Israeli groups coming to Geneva on April 20, working to derail this crucially important conference in the name of observing the Holocaust.

For us, the holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tragic turn of history that the State of Israel, which espouses ideals of democracy and portrays itself as a safe haven for Jews, causes immeasurable suffering and injustice to the Palestinian people. Ironically, the result is less and less security for the people of Israel.

  “We recognize with deep concern the increase in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in various parts of the world, as well as the emergence of racial and violent movements based on racism and discriminatory ideas against Jewish, Muslim and Arab communities.”
2001 Durban Declaration
and Programme of Action

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