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LETTER FROM BRADLEY POLLOCK AND ELLERY BRODER RE: APPLYING THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY

by Bradley Pollock and Ellery Broder, Dec 7, 2022

 

 
In his speech at the legislature when Manitoba adopted the IHRA definition of  antisemitism, President of the Jewish Federation, Gustavo Zentner graciously acknowledged the presence of Belle Jarniewski, a member of Canada’s federally appointed delegation to the IHRA , who he said elaborated on “the definition of antisemitism.”
 
While Jarniewski was recognized by Zentner, we believe that Jarniewski’s judgement in regard to applying the IHRA definition on antisemitism arguably has been  flawed in the following case.
 
It was Jarniewski  who gave approval to screen the film,  Mah Nishmah Manitoba in March/22 at the Berney Theatre, notwithstanding the fact that a film clip in our view (and in the view of others) arguably met or came dangerously close to meeting the IHRA definition of anti-semitism, by unfairly comparing Arab  refugees in Palestine in 1948, to Jews in the Holocaust. Not only did Jarniewski give the stamp of approval to screen the film  but more importantly, she was dismissive of concerns about the film when they were documented in the press.  
 
Film can have a profound influence on an audience’s perspective. It would be exemplary if Jarniewski , even at this late date, admitted what was arguably her unfortunate approach regarding this episode. It is precisely because Jarniewski is part of Canada’s federally appointed delegation to IHRA, that it is incumbent on her to do so. Otherwise, if she declines, we ask her to explain why in this particular instance above, the IHRA definition of anti-semitism was not fulfilled. The details of this case can be found here: https://www.winnipegjewishreview.com/article_detail.cfm?id=7548&sec=2&title=_LETTER_FROM_ELLERY_BRODER_IN_RESPONSE_TO_THE_JEWISH_HERITAGE_CENTRE_RE:_THE_FILM_MA_NISHMA_MB
 
 
Bradley Pollock and Ellery Broder
 
In his speech at the legislature when Manitoba adopted the IHRA definition of  antisemitism, President of the Jewish Federation, Gustavo Zentner graciously acknowledged the presence of Belle Jarniewski, a member of Canada’s federally appointed delegation to the IHRA , who he said elaborated on “the definition of antisemitism.”
 
While Jarniewski was recognized by Zentner, we believe that Jarniewski’s judgement in regard to applying the IHRA definition on antisemitism arguably has been  flawed in the following case.
 
It was Jarniewski  who gave approval to screen the film,  Mah Nishmah Manitoba in March/22 at the Berney Theatre, notwithstanding the fact that a film clip in our view (and in the view of others) arguably met or came dangerously close to meeting the IHRA definition of anti-semitism, by unfairly comparing Arab  refugees in Palestine in 1948, to Jews in the Holocaust. Not only did Jarniewski give the stamp of approval to screen the film  but more importantly, she was dismissive of concerns about the film when they were documented in the press.  
 
Film can have a profound influence on an audience’s perspective. It would be exemplary if Jarniewski , even at this late date, admitted what was arguably her unfortunate approach regarding this episode. It is precisely because Jarniewski is part of Canada’s federally appointed delegation to IHRA, that it is incumbent on her to do so. Otherwise, if she declines, we ask her to explain why in this particular instance above, the IHRA definition of anti-semitism was not fulfilled. The details of this case can be found here: https://www.winnipegjewishreview.com/article_detail.cfm?id=7548&sec=2&title=_LETTER_FROM_ELLERY_BRODER_IN_RESPONSE_TO_THE_JEWISH_HERITAGE_CENTRE_RE:_THE_FILM_MA_NISHMA_MB
 
 
Bradley Pollock and Ellery Broder
 
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