Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

February 22, 2009 23:48 ET

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Is Disheartened by Passing of CUPE Resolution Supporting a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Issues urgent call for greater education on Middle East conflict

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2009) - According to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC), the passing of a resolution today by CUPE Ontario supporting boycotts of Israeli academic institutions demonstrates a sad reality that has withstood the test of time: small groups of antisemites can easily sway public opinion against Israel and the rights of her people.

"The resolution offers further proof of a steadfast brand of antisemitism among members of the CUPE Ontario leadership and of the power of misinformation among the broader population," said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of FSWC. "It's particularly hard for an organization such as ours, which focuses on education and remembrance of the Holocaust, to see an increase in antisemitism in Canada and abroad and that organizations with influence like CUPE Ontario continue to bombard the public with messages that blame Israel for most of the conflicts in which she finds herself."

In a recent letter to the Center's more than 25,000 members, Mr. Benlolo cited the alarming growth in antisemitic incidents reported in countries throughout the world, including 35% in Argentina, 32.5% in Australia, 31% in the United Kingdom and 12.8% in Canada (2006 figures).

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Avi Benlolo is available on the morning of February 23 for telephone


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. It has 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. The Center is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe. With over 400,000 members of all faiths around the world, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving the memories of the victims of the Holocaust, while simultaneously seeking justice for the war criminals. Visit:

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