Toronto (March 7, 2018) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) commends the University of Winnipeg for taking concerns about antisemitism on campus seriously as it undertakes a review of an on-campus event last week.
On February 28, 2018, University of Winnipeg’s Global College gave space to a coalition of community members to hold a panel discussion to coincide with the university's “Middle East Week.” Promotional material stated the event would focus on "the religious and spiritual importance of Jerusalem to the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” Concerns were brought to the university’s attention that panel members allegedly repeated antisemitic canards during the event.
In its statement released yesterday, the university said it has committed to examining the comprehensive definition of contemporary antisemitism formulated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, of which Canada is a member state, as it reviews its “Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment” policy and the alignment of its event-based procedures with this policy following the troubling incident.
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