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‘Why is CUPE National still silent on Hamas terrorism,' asks B'nai Brith Canada

Source: B'nai Brith Canada, January 13, 2009

‘Why is CUPE National still silent on Hamas terrorism,' asks B'nai Brith Canada

TORONTO, January 13, 2009 – B’nai Brith Canada has called CUPE-National's rejection of the planned boycott of Israel a "small step in the right direction". The Jewish human rights organization has urged that CUPE National take immediate steps to ensure that its organizational structure is not used as a further base to discriminate against the Jewish State.

"CUPE National has responded to B'nai Brith's urging to come forward to distance itself from the proposed resolution by its CUPE-Ontario affiliate that seeks to ban Israeli academics from Canadian universities," said Frank Dimant, B'nai Brith Canada's Executive Vice President. "This must now be followed by real efforts to stop the union movement's organizational structure from being used by those who seek to delegitimize Israel.

"Although CUPE National has rejected the boycott, it has remained steadfast in its refusal to single out the terrorist group Hamas as the agressor, nor has it made any demands that Hamas cease its targeting of Israeli civilians.

"We remind CUPE National that Hamas is a terrorist organization outlawed in this country and in many other countries around the world. We ask CUPE to explain its silence on this issue."


For more information, please contact, Karen Lazar, National Director of Communications:
416-633-6224 X 140 / cell: 416-312-9173

B’nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875 as the Jewish community’s foremost human rights agency

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