'Canada has announced that it will formally adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that could characterize Palestinian rights campaigning as anti-Jewish bigotry.
The definition is contained in the Canadian government’s new strategy to “combat racism and discrimination in its various forms.”
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says the definition is “is extremely vague, open to misinterpretation” and a “threat to freedom of expression.”
Israel lobby groups hope however that by adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s “working definition” in full, it will be easier for Canadian authorities to demonize and crack down on campaigners who call for Israel to respect Palestinian rights or who oppose Israel’s state ideology, Zionism.
No joke, this is the biggest threat to free speech in Canada https://t.co/4eCV8NJdCh
— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 25, 2019
Israel lobby groups – which have pressured Canada and other governments and institutions around the world to adopt the IHRA definition – celebrated the news.
— CAMERA on Campus (@CAMERAonCampus) June 26, 2019
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