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Ottawa, Canada, November 5, 2004
Brith targets abuse at
will announce today a nationwide human
rights campaign against several
universities it says fail to protect their
Jewish students from abuse by classmates
and even teachers. First on B'nai Brith's
attack list: Montreal's Concordia
After that, it is looking at pursuing
York and Ryerson universities in Toronto,
McMaster in Hamilton and the University of
Western Ontario in London.
now, the Jewish advocacy group is avoiding
suing the universities outright.
Instead, it plans to file complaints to
human rights commissions in Quebec,
Ontario and other provinces.
"We're looking at universities across
the country where Jewish students do face
an atmosphere of hostility," said B'nai
Brith executive vicepresident Frank
Dimant (right). "We believe (the
Jewish students) are guaranteed rights and
privileges, according to the Charter (of
Rights and Freedoms), and that those
should be upheld for them."
November 6, 2004
complaint 'destructive': [says]
Dimant of the League of Human
Rights of the Bnai Brith
"WHAT us? Serial whiners?
Better watch what you say -- or
I'll see you in
to sue Concordia makes Jews sound 'like
BY Jeff Heinrich
MONTREAL - B'nai Brith
is giving Canadian Jews a reputation as
"complainers" by taking its fight against
Concordia University to the Quebec Human
Rights Commission, the Quebec head of the
Denouncing B'nai Brith's action as
"very destructive," Jeff Boro said
it feeds perception that Jews are never
"In most people's minds, it's 'There's
the (Jewish) community complaining again.
They're not getting their way, so they're
going to sue'," Mr. Boro said.
"A lot of
people have the impression that every
little thing that happens to a Jewish
person, we make a big deal over. That
perception has to be cleared up. We
have to show we are not
B'nai Brith represents only its
membership, not Jews generally, Mr. Boro
"They're not speaking on behalf of the
Jewish community," he said. "It's very
destructive to say otherwise."
B'nai Brith Canada confirmed yesterday
it is going ahead with a complaint to the
Human Rights Commission against Concordia,
saying the university has "poisoned" the
atmosphere for its Jewish students who
It cited Concordia's decision last
month not to accede to the Hillel student
group's request that former Israeli prime
terrorist) Ehud Barak be
invited to speak at the university.
Concordia says it intends to invite Mr.
Barak to speak at a suburban campus next
spring, B'nai Brith wants him to appear at
the main campus.
In 2002, Concordia cancelled a speech
by former Israeli prime minister
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