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Jason Kenney

Indep. Jewish Voices condemns Kenney's attack on free speech

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Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada is demanding that Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney apologize and retract his defamatory statement in which he condemned Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) and its organizers as anti-Semitic.

IJV Canada is a proud sponsor of IAW. Does the Minister believe IJV Canada is also anti-Semitic?

The planning of local IAW events involves Jewish organizers (including IJV members), underscoring the absurdity of Kenney's implication that the week-long education event is anti-Semitic. And ironically, his claim that IAW "disregards the rights and safety of Jewish students and professors" itself disregards the rights of Jewish students, professors, and community members to voice legitimate criticism of two governments -- one in Israel and one in Canada -- which both misleadingly claim to speak for them.

And while rooting his opposition to IAW on the pretence of ensuring "academic discourse can take place freely," attacks on free seech like this latest from Minister Kenney make it much more difficult for academic discourse to take place freely.

 

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Source: rabble.ca


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