A group of Canadian parliamentarians studying anti-Semitism in Canada released a report last week concluding that anti-Semitism is a growing threat in Canada. It recommended, among other things, the establishment a national definition of what constitutes an anti-Semitic crime and standards for data reporting.
The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism report drew instant praise from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Jewish human rights group B'Nai Brith and others who have warned about the dangers of letting anti-Semitism fester in Canada.
However, the fact one of the coalition's Liberal members refused to have her name added to the final report has only added to the controversy that has dogged the panel since its inception two years ago. Bloc Québécois MPs left the inquiry partway through, saying it had a pro-Israel bias, while numerous groups have alleged they were intentionally excluded because their views went against what the members wanted to hear.
As a result, critics say the CPCCA's report is not an objective assessment of the state of anti-Semitism in Canada, and they have raised questions about the benefits of such a politically-charged exercise.No doubt input from "politically-charged" opponents of Israel--many if not most of them purveyors of the very hatred being examined--might have added another dimension to the hearings, but it would have been of next to no benefit to the inquiry at large, or to its conclusions.