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ICC Condemns Antisemitic Display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Israeli Canadian Council (ICC) expresses its outrage over an antisemitic message displayed on the Imagine Wall at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The message in question, “I imagine a free Palestine and the end to Israeli Apartheid,” is a clear violation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and has no place in a museum dedicated to promoting human rights and dignity.

Jewish students who visited the museum as part of a field trip were distressed to encounter this message of hate. They immediately contacted the ICC, which promptly took action by contacting the museum authorities and demanding that the offensive display be removed. The ICC commends the young students for their vigilance and commitment to combatting antisemitism.

The CMHR responded swiftly to the ICC’s demand and removed the offensive display. However, the ICC urges the museum to take additional steps to ensure that antisemitic tropes do not find their way into any displays or exhibits. The use of the term “Israeli Apartheid” to describe Israel is a pernicious lie that has been debunked time and time again. It is a hateful and antisemitic smear that aims to delegitimize the Jewish state and its right to exist.

The ICC acknowledges the importance of the CMHR in promoting human rights and advancing the understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives. It is our hope that the museum will continue to fulfill this vital mission while remaining vigilant against all forms of hate and bigotry, including antisemitism.

The ICC reiterates its commitment to combatting antisemitism in all its forms and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community in Canada and around the world.

I imagine sign welcoming visitors to the CMHR