Sunday, August 19, 2012

WJC and Canadian Jewish community condemn church's decision to boycott Israel

Canadian Jews, as well as the World Jewish Congress, have strongly condemned a vote by United Church of Canada's General Council which backs for a boycott of Israeli goods produced beyond the 1949 Armistice Line. Shimon Fogel (pictured left), CEO of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the Jewish umbrella body in Canada, said: “The reaction of the Jewish community is one of unbridled outrage. It is beyond comprehension that [the church] would choose to so skew a commentary on the conflict and come out with so one-sided an approach.” CIJA Chairman David Koschitzky added: “In choosing this morally reckless path, the United Church has equally dismissed the concerns of the overwhelming majority of the Canadian Jewish community, ...rejected the path of balance, and has chosen to explicitly ally itself with those who formally reject the two-State solution and who deny the historical right of the Jewish people to a homeland." -- Wolrd Jewish Congress

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