Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

February 17, 2009 10:54 ET

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center: Racism Reaches New Heights on Canadian Campuses

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center issues urgent appeal to educators and police; offers free workshops to help halt antisemitism

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is briefing police and educators about the emergence of antisemitism at Canadian universities, whose campuses have been overtaken by a movement of hate and intolerance toward Israel and the Jewish people.

The most blatant example of this is "Israeli Apartheid Week"; a campaign based on misrepresentation of the truth and driven by forces resolutely opposed to the right of Israel to exist; that ignore the hard fact that Israeli citizens, including Arabs and Christians, are constantly threatened by terrorist groups.

"The organizers are spreading false information and utilizing university property to create a false impression of truth. Their messages have contributed to a deep ignorance of the complex issues plaguing the Middle East and, in many ways, to the exportation of antisemitism around the world" said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of FSWC.

High school educators must be especially cautious when approached by these groups. Last year, Ontario high schools were invited to participate in a new initiative called, "High Schools Against Israeli Apartheid". FSWC is working closely with police to protect younger students from being too easily exposed to hate speech and false information.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center encourages all civil servants and public officials to become further informed. The organization is willing to provide free workshops and briefings to supplement information on the matter. To schedule a workshop, please contact Susan Kendal, Director of Glassman Tools for Tolerance at 416-864-9735 or

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. Visit: for more information.

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