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Elie Wiesel

Dr. Catherine Chatterley



by Rhonda Spivak, December 15, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel has accepted Dr. Chatterley’s invitation to head the new Institute she created this summer and he is now Honorary Chairman of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA).

"Professor Wiesel is such a powerful symbol for so many of us—both Jews and non-Jews.  He is a uniquely respected symbol of Jewish continuity and survival after the Shoah, a remnant of that incredibly diverse and creative world that was Jewish Europe, but also symbolic of our deep universal humanity—our connection to one another—and our hopeful resilience as a species,” said Chatterley.

Dr Chatterley told the Winnipeg Jewish Review that she is extremely pleased that Professor Wiesel will serve as the Honorary Chairman of  CISA.

"I feel very privileged that Prof. Wiesel  has accepted this invitation. He has many important obligations and international commitments, and therefore I am very grateful that he has chosen to stand as the symbolic head of  CISA. I am thankful to be able to consult with him as CISA  charts its course for the future.  Holocaust denial, obfuscation, other forms of minimization and outright erasure, are growing worldwide. CISA is dedicated to resisting these processes intellectually and to protecting and preserving the scholarly study of the Holocaust as a catastrophic and transformative event in Western history."

The Winnipeg Jewish Review spoke with Wiesel's office at Boston University, and confirmed that Wiesel is acting as Honorary Chairman of CISA effective immediately.  Wiesel  was travelling and unavailable for further comment.

CISA is committed to building a coalition of individuals—Jews and non-Jews from a variety of political, ethnic, and religious backgrounds—intent on educating the public about the history and nature of antisemitism in its classic and contemporary forms.

"Unfortunately, our post-Holocaust focus on racism and human rights has not produced an equivalent knowledge or concern about antisemitism. We must work to change this reality; antisemitism must be given equal weight and concern and must be placed on the international human rights agenda,” said Chatterley.

In a subsequent issue, The Winnipeg Jewish Review will publish a full interview with Dr. Chatterley about her work and the need for this new national Institute.

CISA is an independent academic charitable organization dependent upon public financial support. All donations will receive a tax receipt. For more information or to make a contribution visit:

Editor's note: Readers may want to look at our most recent articles regarding Dr. Chatterley's statements regarding Iranian antisemitism and nuclear threats against Israel which are reprinted below.


December 1, 2010


In a recent letter dated November 27 to the Winnipeg Jewish Review published in its entirety in the letters section , Joanne Naiman, Professor Emerita, Sociology at Ryerson University, Toronto wrote a letter challenging the validity of remarks made by Dr. Catherine Chatterley regarding Iran’s anti-Semitism and nuclear threat towards Israel.
In the letter, Naiman wrote,
“Without providing a shred of evidence she [Dr. Chatterley] writes, “The most obvious example [of the global resurgence of anti-Semitism] is the leader of Iran, who routinely threatens the nuclear destruction of the Jewish State, which constitutes incitement to genocide and is a clear violation of international law.” Routinely? I would appreciate knowing her [Dr.Chatterley’s sources], as I have never heard of such a threat."
In response to Naiman’s comments above, the Winnipeg Jewish Review received a letter from David Matas, Senior Honorary Council. B'nai Brith Canada on December 1, 2010:
To The Editor,
Joanne Naiman questions the statement of Dr. Catherine Chatterley that the leader of Iran "routinely threatens the nuclear destruction of the Jewish state". Professor Naiman writes: "Routinely? I would appreciate knowing her sources, as I have never heard of such a threat."
The current President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said in 2005 and since "Israel must be wiped off the map". He said in 2006 "this stain of disgrace [i.e. Israel] will be purged from the center of the Islamic world", and "this fake regime [Israel] cannot logically continue to live."
Military parades in Iran display rockets with banners carrying the slogans "Israel must be wiped off the map" and "Death to Israel". Former president of Iran Hashemi Rafsanjani, said in 2001: "the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam" and in 2002 "one bomb is enough to destroy all Israel". Independent intelligence sources consistently over years have reported that Iran is developing nuclear weaponry.
Professor Naiman is either ignorant or quibbling. Adolf Hitler never said that the Jews should either be gassed and cremated in death camps or shot in front of open graves by roving killing units. Hitler referred rather to a "final solution of the Jewish question". Would Professor Naiman say that Hitler never threatened the Jews with genocide, that she never heard of such a threat?
If Professor Naiman really wants to inform herself on this issue, I suggest she take a look at the article by Gregory Gordon in The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology published in 2008 by Northwestern University, School of Law under the title From Incitement to Indictment? Prosecuting Iran's President for Advocating Israel's Destruction and Piecing Together Incitement Law's Emerging Analytical Framework. The article is posted on the internet; it has over 400 footnotes, providing as many sources as Professor Naiman could possibly want and then some.
David Matas
Senior Honorary Legal Counsel
B'nai Brith Canada
Also on December 1,  the Winnipeg Jewish  Review received a letter responding to Naiman’s remarks from Dr. Eliahu Richter, Genocide Prevention Now in Jerusalem, which is reprinted below:
To the Editor,
In response to the letter by Prof Neiman to your newspaper casting doubt on Iran's nuclear program  and genocidal intentions, we refer the author to the Responsibility to Prevent Petition, prepared by Professor Irwin Cotler, Member of the Canadian Parliament, posted by  Genocide Prevention Now on the following website and link:
This petition martials the voluminous data on Iran's suppression of human rights inside Iran --more than 120,000 executions, as well as stonings, public hangings, persecution of dissidents ,a

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