FSWC Welcomes NDP’s Decision to Not Withdraw from Canada-Israel Group

June 21, 2018

Media Statement

Toronto (June 21, 2018) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) welcomes the federal NDP’s decision to not withdraw from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group despite pressure from party members.

The decision comes after 200 NDP members and activists added their names to an open letter urging NDP MPs to leave the group, whose stated objective is to further cooperation between Canada and Israel.

“It is pleasing to see the NDP recognizing the importance of building and maintaining a positive relationship with Israel,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “Leaving the group would send a divisive message and damage any opportunities for constructive discussions regarding the Israel-Gaza conflict.”

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