City Council votes to condemn the term “Israeli Apartheid” for the first time

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Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak applauds City Council’s decision to condemn the use of the term “Israeli Apartheid” in a vote of 26-7.

“Today we overwhelmingly condemned the repugnant term “Israeli Apartheid” being used by groups in civic funded events. We sent a strong message to these groups that their message of bullying and demonization has no place in city funded events. The City of Toronto has a responsibility to promote respect and tolerance,” said Councillor Pasternak.

“There is more work to be done. Next week the city’s Executive Committee will debate Toronto’s Anti-Discrimination Policy. I am confident that members of the committee will vote to tighten up the policy to ensure that “Israeli Apartheid” groups do not participate in city funded events,” said Councillor Pasternak.

The decision of the Executive Committee would then go to full City Council in July.

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