FSWC Opposes Anti-Israel Exhibition at Western University

July 13, 2017

Media Statement

TORONTO (July 13, 2017) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) opposes an anti-Israel exhibition that has been set up at Western University’s McIntosh Gallery in London, Ontario.

The exhibition, entitled Choreographies of Resistance, allegedly promotes the violent Palestinian resistance movement while making false claims about Israel. It was created by Palestinian-Canadian activist Rehab Nazzal.

“As Jewish students on university campuses continue to feel targeted by pro-Palestinian groups, it’s disappointing to see art being used to spread a similar agenda,” says Avi Benlolo, FSWC President and CEO.

According to the McIntosh Gallery, one of the exhibition’s installations includes photographic images projected onto hundreds of handmade slingshots – showcasing the practice of stone-throwing, a tactic often used by Palestinians and that has killed numerous Israelis

Based on a 2015 proactive disclosure report, Nazzal – doctorate candidate at Western University – will receive $60,000 between 2015 and 2018 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), which is governed by a council appointed by the federal government.

To arrange an interview with Avi Benlolo, please contact:

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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is a top Jewish human rights foundation in Canada's organized Jewish community. It directly impacts over 100,000 people each year and 500,000+ peripherally. 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, Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed 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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