In Globe and Mail, HRC Says Anti-Zionism = Antisemitism

On June 15, the Globe and Mail published a letter to the editor from Lauren Weinberg, a representative of the anti-Israel group “Independent Jewish Voices,” a radical organization viewed as a pariah by the entire mainstream Jewish community for its repeated support for antisemitesterrorists and for its tokenization of Jewish identity to silence the views of the community as a whole. It’s also an organization which denies the legitimacy of the State of Israel.

In that letter, the IJV representative condemned the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which is a critical tool used to identify and combat Jew hatred that is in our midst.

In response, HRC Executive Director Mike Fegelman was granted space in the Globe and Mail on June 20 to expound on the virtues of the IHRA definition, while also explaining that anti-Zionism is antisemitism.

In short, Zionism is the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.

Anti-Zionism is the belief that the only people in the world that can’t have a state are the Jews.

Ergo: Anti-Zionism isn’t a “legitimate stance”, it’s antisemitic.

To read HRC’s letter which was published in the Globe and Mail, click here or see below:

Re “Stop hate” (Letters, June 15): A letter-writer decries anti-Jewish hate in Canadian society, but then proceeds to oppose one of the most powerful tools to combat it.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism, which has been adopted by multiple provinces and dozens of countries, including Canada, recognizes that in today’s environment, anti-Jewish sentiment often masquerades as being “anti-Zionist.”

The IHRA definition is non-binding, but offers an important – nay, essential – understanding that overt Jew-hatred, even today, remains impolite in modern Canadian society, and the same sentiments can fester while cloaking themselves in respectable “anti-Zionist” rhetoric.

The IHRA definition, if adopted and used as a guidepost, can help decision-makers see through the clever rhetoric often used by antisemites and see them for who they are.

Mike Fegelman
Executive Director
HonestReporting Canada

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