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Inside Policy: Activism or antisemitism? – MLI

July 10, 2024

It’s a scene that evokes the nightmares of past persecution – a vile strain of antisemitism that attacks Jewish Canadians while shaking the core of our tolerant liberal-democratic Canadian society.

In Surrey, BC, masked activists draped in keffiyehs angrily wield placards libelling Israel as a “genocidal state” equivalent to the Nazis.  Are they protesting at the Israeli embassy? No – their bile is aimed at a group of Israeli seven-year-olds playing softball against Canadian children.

As mobs swarm streets and occupy campuses shouting, “From the river to the sea” and “Globalize the Intifada,” Canadians are left to wonder why more isn’t done to curb the hatred on display. Surely, these thinly veiled calls to ethnically cleanse Jews from Israel can’t be legal?

In “Free Speech or Hate Crimes?” Andrew Roman confirms that Canada’s Constitution offers no protection for the antisemitism on display at pro-Palestinian rallies and illegal campus occupations. What’s more, Roman argues that new laws are needed to better police occupations that illegally disrupt the rights of other Canadians.

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