MP David Sweet Delivers Members Statement on B’nai Brith Audit on Anti-Semitic Incidents

David Sweet, Question Period, Ottawa, ONTARIO, on 25 April, 2018. © HOC-CDC
Credit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

 

On Wednesday April 25, 2018, MP David Sweet delivered the following statement in the House of Commons on the B’nai Brith Audit on Anti-Semitic Incidents:

 

Mr. Speaker,

Yesterday B’nai Brith Canada released their 36th Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. And while 2017 was a year of celebration for many Canadians, it was a truly difficult year for the Jewish community.

 

Last year, as in the year before, antisemitism reached record breaking highs, with acts of vandalism having doubled and acts of violence having increased by almost 50%.

 

The audit highlights disturbing instances of anti-Semitism on campuses, including calls to physical violence by a student leader at McGill, bomb threats at York, and an attempt by the University of Ottawa Student Union to revoke the status of a campus Jewish group.

 

What is even more disturbing Mr. Speaker is that this year, there is a section called “antisemitism in the political sphere”, which discusses the actions of elected officials, including Members of this House.

 

Mr. Speaker, many experts that study racism refer to anti-Semitism as “the canary in the mine”, an indicator of general patterns of racism across the country. I call upon all Members of this House to be active and loud in denouncing all acts of racism, particularly anti-Semitism. Anything short of that brings shame upon this place.

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