Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm, Hotel Fort Garry
2018 Shindleman Family Lecture presents David Matas on Antisemitism and Islamophobia
David Matas is a respected refugee, immigration, and human rights lawyer based in Winnipeg.
Mr. Matas will be speaking on the challenges we face as Canadians to define Islamophobia and new forms of Antisemitism, especially in relation to the non-binding parliamentary motion, M-103:
“The government should:
(a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could
(i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making,
(ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
Mr. Matas argues that Islamophobia is the irrational fear of Islam. However, there is good reason to fear some forms of Islam, especially those that victimize and defame Jews. At the same time, the Jewish community also suffers from some of the same prejudices directed against Muslims. Combatting antisemitism today requires that we draw distinctions between the various components of Islam, the antisemitic perpetrators, and the Islamic victims of forms of bigotry that overlap with antisemitism.
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