URGENT ACTION: Tell Minister Hussen you can’t fight racism with racism
Canadian Minister of Diversity and Inclusion, Ahmed Hussen, recently implied that the government may soon be requiring grant recipients to support the dangerous and divisive International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.
As detailed in recently released reports–Unveiling the Chilly Climate: The Suppression of Speech on Palestine in Canada and Anti-Palestinian Racism: Naming Framing and Manifestations–the IHRA definition has a terrible track record of reinforcing, rather than fighting, racism.
Both a shield to defend Israel from criticism and a weapon to silence Israel’s critics, the IHRA definition threatens the very anti-racism work that Canadian Heritage is mandated to promote.
If the measure is implemented, it would signal the most significant application of the IHRA definition in Canada to date and constitute an egregious assault on Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities, not to mention the rights of all Canadians to speak out in defence of human rights and against racism.
Send a letter to Minister Hussen now telling him you can’t fight racism with racism.
NO to requiring grant recipients to uphold IHRA!
DROP IHRA from Canada’s Anti-racism strategy!
(Please feel free to edit your message below as you see fit)
Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada)
Pablo Rodriguez (Minister of Canadian Heritage)
Mélanie Joly (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Paul Chiang (Parliamentary Secretary, diversity and inclusion)
Salma Zahid (Chair, Canada-Palestine Parliamentary friendship group)
Alexandre Boulerice (vice-chair, Canada-Palestine Parliamentary friendship group)
Mario Beaulieu (vice-chair, Canada-Palestine Parliamentary friendship group)
Elizabeth May (vice chair, Canada-Palestine Parliamentary friendship group)
Peter Julian (NDP Heritage critic)
Martin Champoux (Bloc Québecois Heritage critic)
Sameer Zuberi (Chair, Parliamentary Muslim Caucus)