At the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Israel on Wednesday, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney reinforced our Conservative Government’s stance on fighting anti-Semitism both in Canada as well as on the world stage.
After first taking office in 2006, our Government announced a shift in the way that Canada would address the issue of anti-Semitism. Prime Minister Harper said: “…we must resist the error of viewing the Holocaust as a strictly historical event. It’s not good enough for politicians to stand before you and say they remember and mourn what happened over six decades ago. They must stand up to those who advocate the destruction of Israel and its people today.”
In Canada, we have seen a troubling amount of incidents of anti-Semitism. Last year, hate-crimes against the Jewish faith accounted for about two-thirds of all hate crimes motivated by religion.
In light of this alarming statistic, our Government has implemented a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism. We have launched a fund to help upgrade security at vulnerable Jewish community institutions that have faced vandalism or threats in Canada. We were the first Government in the world to remove funding for the Palestinian authority following the election of Hamas. Our Government was also the first nation to withdraw from the tainted Durban II conference.
Prime Minister Harper recently saw the devastating effects of anti-Semitism first-hand. While in India, he paid homage to the victims of terrorist attacks at Chabad House, a Jewish outreach centre in Mumbai.
Anti-Semitism is an issue which our Conservative Government takes very seriously. We are taking real action to combat this historically destructive form of hatred for the benefit of the Jewish community in Canada and around the world. As Prime Minister Harper said: “Let me be very clear: The Jewish people will always have a steadfast friend and a stalwart defender in our Government.”