Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Outraged by BC School’s Admission of Anti-Israel Bias; Pleased Discriminatory Policy Rescinded

January 31, 2017

Media Release

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Outraged by BC School’s Admission of Anti-Israel Bias; Pleased Discriminatory Policy Rescinded

January 31, 2017 – Toronto:
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) was outraged to learn of the discriminatory policy which banned Israeli students from attending the Island School of Business Arts (ISBA) in British Columbia over disagreement with Israeli politics.

“In a phone call with FSWC, ISBA was quick to assure us the school had rescinded the policy; the author of an email telling an Israeli student he was not welcome at the school admitted, “This was a misinterpretation of a UN declaration and a mistake on ISBA's part”," explained FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo. “While FSWC is pleased this discriminatory policy has been lifted, we are outraged by the selective singling out of the Jewish state, and wonder if students from Syria, Iran, or China were similarly targeted,” he added.

FSWC believes this incident is cause for serious concern about the harm done by UN Resolution 2334 in encouraging a rising tide of antisemitism. We will continue to monitor this institution. 

 

Media Contact: 
Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32 / sstarkman@fswc.ca
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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at www.fswc.ca
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