Canadian letter on anti-Semitism.
"We declare our unqualified gratitude for the gifts of the Jewish people to world civilization in general and Canadian society in particular.
"We acknowledge with sadness and regret, and no little shame, the historic burden of persecution, which Jews have borne throughout western history; a burden all too often inflicted by Christians, who have maligned Jesus' own people in Jesus name.
"We challenge all churches, parishes, congregations, and people of good will to find ways and means to expose and eradicate anti-Semitism within and from Canadian society.
"We must not be silent.
"We urge all within our church communities and, indeed, all Canadians to exercise the greatest diligence on behalf of our Jewish friends and neighbours, that when they come under attack, and their sacred places desecrated, they find tree solidarity in establishing security and in redressing wrong." (CCCB, Dec. 9, 2003; Tor. Star, Dec. 11)
Jewish leaders welcomed the statement. Ottawa Rabbi Reuven Bulka called it a "warm, clear and forceful declaration." Canadian Jews should applaud the statement and reciprocate by condemning attacks on Christians around the world, said Toronto's Prof. David Novak. "There's virtually no anti-Semitism today coming from the churches anymore," he said. "Anti-Semitism today comes from Islamic and leftist circles." (Can. Jewish News, Dec. 18, 03). See Vatican for related statement.
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