Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians responded today, to the
decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to deny membership to the
progressive Jewish group. The CJC issued a letter which gave no reason
for its decision.
"The decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to exclude the Alliance
of Concerned Jewish Canadians illustrates the sectarian orientation of
the forces controlling that organization," declared ACJC
Administrative Secretary Abraham Weizfeld. "The rejection of our
application to become a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the
refusal to seat our delegates at the CJC Plenary on June 17th is a
repudiation of the growing Jewish opposition to Israel's occupation
and siege of the Palestinian territories."
"CJC's refusal to include all tendencies in the Jewish community
should be seen as a futile attempt to marginalize growing Jewish
opposition to Israel's behaviour and to the exclusive character of the
Israel State," Weizfeld continued.
He contended that this refusal also motivated the decision by the June
17 plenary of the Canadian Jewish Congress to annul the process of
conducting elections to the Board of Directors. As a result of this
decision, the Board will now have 25% of its seats reserved for the
Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy which controls the CJC
funding agency, the United Jewish Appeal. Weizfeld explained that
these organizations provide unquestioning support to Israel,
regardless of what it does.
The resulting vote on a resolution to amend the CJC constitution with
regard to election of officers may not have passed if the Alliance of
Concerned Jewish Canadians' delegates had been included.
"We do not share in the uncritical support for Israel," Weizfeld
stated. "It is our position that the Israeli occupation of the
Palestinian territories, which began in 1967, must end immediately.
This is the view that the ACJC wanted to bring to the Canadian Jewish
Congress and that the CJC leadership was determined to ignore." The
refusal to hear our independent voice is proof that the CJC is not a
body representative of diverse currents in Canada's Jewish population.
"It is essential that Israel and the Palestinians including the duly
elected Prime Minister Haniyeh begin negotiations to conclude a
lasting peace without prior conditions from either side. Only this
approach can put an end to this ongoing tragedy for both the
Palestinian and Israeli communities," he concluded.
Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians' delegation;
Montréal: Abraham Weizfeld Administrative Secretary 514.284.66.42
ACJC2006 @ yahoo.ca
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