BDS (illustration)
BDS (illustration) Reuters

B’nai Brith Canada is planning to take measures against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, following the Ontario parliament’s failure last week to pass a bill banning public institutions from doing business with companies which support BDS.

“We are preparing further measures to counteract the movement at this time,” Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada, told the CIJNews website.

“This is a very serious issue. We have been working with students across Canada on this and we will continue to combat this movement because it is so deeply offensive to the Jewish community,” he continued.

Mostyn would not elaborate on what the organization is planning “because it’s just a bit too premature at this moment,” but added, “Everyone will know what we are planning in the near future. Our plans will have teeth and get positive results. We can’t just sit back and allow this movement to continue.”

“Boycott and Sanctions is a toxic movement that has been recognized by politicians across the political spectrum as anti-Semitic in nature,” he stressed.

The law which failed to pass last week was co-sponsored by Progressive Conservative MPP Tim Hudak and Liberal MPP Mike Colle. It was defeated by a vote of 18-39, with largely Liberal and NDP MPPs voting against.

The vote on the motion came as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was visiting Israel for a five-day trade mission together with 130 government officials, academics, scientists and business leaders.

Prior to departing on the trade mission, Wynne said that Israeli is a priority market for Ontario and that she intends to find new opportunities and build new partnerships with Ontario’s Israeli counterparts. 

Wynne said before the trip that she does not support the BDS movement or any position that promotes anti-Semitism, but also stressed Ontario must protect free speech in the province.