Yukoners condemn Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and anti-Semitism

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2016

Yukoners condemn Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and anti-Semitism

  • BDS movement has been described as “parlour room anti-Semitism” and “un-Canadian”
  • House of Commons passes motion yesterday

WHITEHORSE—On behalf of Yukoners, Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski today expressed support for an independent Jewish state and has fully rejected the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Canada.

“The vast majority of Yukoners condemn discrimination in all its forms, including the BDS movement,” Pasloski said. “All Yukon leaders should send that clear message to Canadians and the international community.”

The vote was passed by the majority of both the Conservative and Liberal caucuses. Yukon MP Larry Bagnell was one of three Liberal MPs to vote against the motion, along with New Democratic Party and the Bloc Quebecois.

“There is growing international recognition that the BDS movement is veiled anti-Semitism,” Pasloski added. “As Canadians, we must speak up strongly and clearly again discrimination in all its forms.”

There has been prominent opposition to the BDS movement over the past decade. During the recent federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated his belief that the movement is a new form of anti-Semitism. On February 22nd, columnist Warren Kinsella tweeted that the movement was “parlour room anti-Semitism” and congratulated the Conservatives and Liberals for supporting the motion. Conservative MP Tony Clement said that the issue was non-partisan and required a strong statement from Parliament.

France outlawed the BDS movement in 2003 and Great Britain recently announced plans to become the second major European nation to take that step.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca