Statement regarding the Conference at York University Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace
On June 12, 2009, B'nai Brith Canada issued a community alert through its listserv JewishCanada regarding the conference. The alert set out a list of concerns including a claim that the conference would be hosting Holocaust deniers. This particular concern arose from a quote regarding Holocaust denial attributed to Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, one of the presenters and a member of the conference's advisory committee. The quote was found by our student intern on current live websites.
It has since come to our attention that this quote was and continues to be erroneously attributed to Mr. Abunimah by such websites. The quote that we attributed to Mr. Abunimah appears in an article written by somebody wholly different than him and in no way associated with him. On learning this, we immediately corrected our records and documents, removed the mistaken information from our website and notified the universities involved. This statement is also being sent over JewishCanada.
B'nai Brith Canada regrets this specific error and apologizes to Mr. Abunimah, the conference organizers, York University, Queen's University, and the other sponsors and funders for any confusion or distress that this mistaken attribution may have caused.
In our June 12 alert we also state that the conference was hosting presenters who "advocate for the destruction of the Jewish state," "reject compromise" and "justify terrorism" as well as raising concern of the conference's overall anti-Israel thrust. These concerns still stand. We arrived at these concerns as a result of quotations taken from statements made by conference presenters. The conference organizers have raised concern that these quotations were taken out of context. We will be posting links to the full text of the articles containing the quotations cited therein on our website www.bnaibrith.ca so that the public can judge the full context of the quotations and the statements from which they were taken for themselves.
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