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ICC Condemns Independent Jewish Voices’ Planned Protest Against JNF Negev Gala

The Israeli Canadian Council (ICC) strongly condemns the planned protest by Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) outside the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Negev Gala and their use of Antisemitic language to drum up support for their actions.

IJV has called for a boycott of the Negev Gala, claiming that it supports Israeli apartheid and that Canadian tax dollars are used to fund and/or support this supposed apartheid. These baseless and dangerous accusations are nothing more than Antisemitic rhetoric that has no place in any discourse, let alone in our Canadian society.

Independent Jewish Voices has a long history of engaging in actions critical of Israel, including advocating for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to isolate Israel economically and politically. The group has been accused of promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and of supporting individuals and groups with a history of antisemitic views. These actions have caused considerable controversy and have led to calls for Independent Jewish Voices to be ostracized from the wider Jewish community.

The JNF Negev Gala is an annual fundraising event that this year will support the Hadar School for Special Needs near Sderot in the Negev. The school provides education and services to children with disabilities, regardless of their background or ethnicity. IJV’s attempt to disrupt this event, which benefits vulnerable children in Israel, is highly inappropriate and unproductive.

The ICC stands in solidarity with the JNF and the Hadar School, as well as the entire Jewish community in condemning IJV’s planned protest and the use of Antisemitic language to promote their cause.

In response to Independent Jewish Voices’ call for a boycott of the JNF Negev Gala, the Jewish community has rallied together to support the event, with over 900 tickets sold. The community has come out in full force to condemn Independent Jewish Voices’ use of Antisemitic language and to show their support for JNF and the Hadar School for Special Needs near Sderot in the Negev.

The Israeli Canadian Council calls on all Canadians to reject the divisive and harmful actions of IJV and to stand in support of the JNF Negev Gala and the Hadar School. It is through acts of kindness and understanding that we can build a more inclusive and compassionate society.