Toronto (February 16, 2018) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is outraged by a Globe and Mail report that a political activist who has publicly supported a US religious leader known for homophobic and antisemitic rhetoric will be speaking at this weekend's federal NDP convention.
The speaker in question is Tamika Mallory, an American political activist who the Globe and Mail, in yesterday's article, identifies as an outspoken supporter of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam believed to spread antisemitic conspiracy theories. According to the report, Mallory has a post on social media praising Farrakhan, including referring to him as "the GOAT [Greatest of All Time]" on Twitter last year.
In a media statement released yesterday, FSWC urged the NDP to oppose the resolutions targeting Israel and the Jewish people. According to the convention agenda, some 14 resolutions are anti-Israel and anti-peace, stating the "two-state solution is dead" and calling for a "one person, one vote, democratic secular Palestine". Other resolutions call on the NDP to implement economic sanctions against Israel and its products and to condemn the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
"By far, this is the most draconian and far-reaching form of racism against the Jewish state possible," said Avi Benlolo, FSWC President and CEO. "Those who wish to boycott the Jewish people should think carefully about the historical and practical consequences. Historically, every incident of antisemitism, including the Holocaust, began with the boycott and dehumanization of the Jewish people. This is no different, and the ignorance of NDP locals to submit language which targets ordinary civilians because of their Jewish faith and nationality is a racist antisemitic endeavour."
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center invites the NDP leadership to participate in its tolerance training workshops that build bridges, inform community about the history of the Jewish people and promote tolerance and human rights.
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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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