Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

November 14, 2013 16:56 ET

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns Ongoing Anti-Jewish Racism at University of Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 14, 2013) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) condemns the resolution passed by students at the University of Toronto to endorse the racist Israel Apartheid Week on its Scarborough campus.

"The passage of this racist resolution at the University of Toronto - Scarborough is a clear declaration of hate and intolerance for Jewish and Israeli students, and an effort to add to the voices calling for the destruction of the Jewish homeland," said FSWC President and CEO, Avi Benlolo. "Interestingly, no resolutions have been passed against the horrific and continuing civilian massacres in Syria or the incitement to murder Israelis by Hamas and Hezbollah; only Israel is targeted for its efforts to survive in one of the most hostile and dangerous neighbourhoods on the planet. This is a clear expression of hatred for the Jewish people and their right to a home on their ancestral land - and a truly depressing comment on the state of education at the university."

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and its widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at www.fswc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Stacey Starkman
    Communications Manager
    Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
    416.864.9735 x 32
    sstarkman@fswc.ca