The Harper government is sponsoring a conference of the ‘Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism’ (ICCA) – the CPCCA’s international counterpart – in Ottawa on November 8 and 9. The CPCCA and ICCA have an agenda to attack free speech and to silence legitimate criticism of Israel by falsely conflating this with anti-Semitism.

Independent Jewish Voices is deeply concerned about the threat to free speech and civil liberties posed by the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism'(CPCCA). It is legitimate and ethically necessary for Canadians of conscience to criticize Israeli human rights abuses and to support non-violent remedies.


The Harper government has already slashed funding to NGOs that dared to express support for Palestinian rights, brutally attacked and abused G20 demonstrators, barred British MP George Galloway from entering Canada because of his aid to the people of Gaza, and attacked CUPE, CUPW, and Israeli Apartheid Week activities. The list doesn’t end there.

The CPCCA, with Minister of Censorship and Deportation Jason Kenney as one of its driving forces, aims to entrench these attacks on free speech in the federal parliament.

The CPCCA held hearings this past year to try to paint a veneer of credibility on its transparent intention to attack free speech in Canada.  It ignored many critical submissions, including those from Independent Jewish Voices. Even the CPCCA witnesses from Canadian universities and the police confirmed that
there is no rise in anti-Semitism and called on the CPCCA to respect free speech.

The ICCA conference is intended to distract from this embarrassing result.  At a cost of over $451,280 in federal funds, the ICCA conference is closed to the public and the media, and makes no pretence of unbiased research.


1. Raise your voices for a day of action for free speech on Monday, November 8. Organize locally – get in touch with the nearest IJV chapter, human rights groups, free speech advocates and Palestine solidarity coalitions. Local events for the day of action could include press conferences, protests, teach-ins, or other creative ideas to build the movement to defend free speech.  IJV will release a 10 minute video on Nov. 8, which will be posted on YouTube and the IJV web site. Feel free to use it in your events.

Please let us know what actions you’ve taken:  Contact  Independent Jewish Voices at

2. Contact your MP and the federal party leaders and demand they reject any
attempts to silence or criminalize legitimate criticism of Israel, and to stand
up for the principle of free speech in Canada.

3.  Contact university presidents and human rights offices in your city and ask them also to issue a statement affirming the right of students and faculty to free speech.

4. Sign our anti-CPCCA at which will be released to the press and all MPs on Nov. 8.

5. Send a photo to of yourself holding an anti-CPCCA sign (perhaps with duct tape over your mouth) or a sign saying “I support free speech.”  We will post it on line with a title “The is what Democracy looks like.”

6. Donate to IJV to help fund our campaign for free speech:
Please send donations to IJV,  P.O. Box 23088, Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2.

For more information visit Independent Jewish Voices at 


  1. October 31, 2010 at 15:03

    It has long been one of the wonderful things in Canada that, while not having the “First Amendment” protections of the United States Constitution we have broad protections when it comes to the freedom of expression. These protections, however, did not extend to the dissemination of hate: the free expression of ideas in Canada did not include the “right” to propagate hate or racism, and that is a good thing, but this move by the Harper government is a move too far – it seeks to stamp out a problem where none exists, seeking to find Antisemitism where legitimate criticism of Israel’s racist policies and of the racist elements of Zionism take place. That is not Antisemitism – it is an intellectual bastardization of viciousness in the name of legitimacy – it is taking the profane and declaring it sacred – it is cutting one’s nose of to spite one’s face.

    No matter what you do, you cannot sanctify the system of Zionism with a cleansing – no amount of legislation can make it “clean” – it will always be a political system founded upon racism and inequity – a system that must be toppled – but without violence.

    Wie viel ist Aufzuleiden!

  2. October 31, 2010 at 16:46

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  3. October 31, 2010 at 19:34


  4. frances said,

    November 1, 2010 at 00:26

    It’s guys like Harper that make me embarrassed to admit that I’m a Canadian. The Zionist take-over of Canada is so obvious. Just observe Harper’s behaviour….. Since when have Canadian Prime Ministers donned the jewish beanie? Why does Canada have an agreement with Israel to protect eachother’s borders? I haven’t talked to any Canadians who even know about this agreement. Why was Harper silent when Palestinians were being pommeled with phosphorous bombs during Operation Cast-lead? Why is Harper STILL in office? Are Canadians that stupid?

  5. Sephardi said,

    November 1, 2010 at 01:44

    I am not sure how far they will get with this as “hate speech” laws already in place here (thanks to Zionist Irwin Cotler’s time spent as our Justice Minister) were declared unconstitutional and the charges thrown out of court.

    Many Canadians found the way that Chief David Ahenakew was dragged through the media mud deeply distasteful as it is the Canadian Indians that have been subjected to the worst racism in Canada, not the privileged Jew.

  6. AJHenry said,

    November 1, 2010 at 02:34

    Is it not acceptable to question the idea of “McCarthyism”?

    Since 11 Sept. 2001 I’ve found that a great deal of what I was taught is bunk. Hell, I even came across Henry Ford’s use of that exact term to describe history. I see that questions about the Holocaust are off limits. Same applied to this topic?

    Thanks, AJ

  7. Sephardi said,

    November 1, 2010 at 15:10

    “Why does Canada have an agreement with Israel to protect each other’s borders?”

    Thanks for your posting frances as I am one Canadian who did not know that agreement existed. Can you give more details? This agreement is especially bizarre given that Israel’s borders do not actually exist, just the Green Line and the apartheid wall.

    We can only thank God that Harper does not have a majority government, although at the moment Canadians do not have an alternative as both leaders of the major opposition parties, the Liberals Michael Ignatieff (his grandfather must be puking in his grave) and the NDP’s Jack Layton are also both avowed Zionist tools.

  8. Maurice said,

    November 3, 2010 at 19:08

    Too bad about Ignatieff and Layton… but Québec parliamentarians are somewhat more successful at resisting Zionist pressure. Bloc québécois M.P.s Richard Nadeau and Maria Mourani, among others, have consistenly supported the Palestinian people (see and The Bloc will also resist this most recent Harper attempt at censuring criticism of Israeli violence.

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