While it’s deeply appreciated that the Montreal Gazette devoted significant front-page coverage on October 29 to the odious antisemitic attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue that saw 11 Jews murdered and half a dozen injured, it’s very regrettable that the Gazette’s reporting highlighted the efforts of a fringe anti-Israel organization called “Independent Jewish Voices” that is not representative of the Jewish community.
In fact, IJV has been criticized for being against the very existence of the world’s only Jewish state.
According to Richard Marceau of CIJA: “IJV opposes the two-state solution. IJV supports Israel Apartheid Week on Canadian campuses. IJV supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel (and only against Israel). IJV is aligned with extremist groups like the Canadian Arab Federation and Tadamon. IJV marched in demonstrations alongside activists yelling “Jews are our dogs,” and stood shoulder to shoulder with protesters carrying Khomeini placards at an anti-Israel rally instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
With “friends” like these, who needs enemies?