Canada withdraws logo from major event due to anti-Semitism


( The Canadian government withdrew its logo from the World Social Forum's event list of partners following complaints made by members of Canada's parliament that the program included anti-Semitic content, Canada's National Post reported.

Banner from the World Social Forum of 2015, which was held in Tunisia. Credit: Montserrat Boix via Wikimedia Commons.

Two Liberal members of parliament (MPs) said they saw a "blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon" on the event's website, which showed a stereotypical Jewish man wearing a hat with a Star of David.

The cartoon, which was posted on a page for a forum session about Islamic terrorists being "in the service of world Zionism-capitalism," was later removed from the website on August 5. The event was also cancelled.

"The Prime Minister, the Government of Canada, and the Canadian Parliament have been very clear that we oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and that anti-Semitism is never acceptable,” the Canadian MPs, Anthony Housefather and Michael Levitt, said in a joint statement.

The annual World Social Forum, which began on Tuesday in Montreal, is a gathering of an expected 10,000 activists from around the world seeking to find "concrete alternatives to the neoliberal economic model and to policies based on the exploitation of human beings and nature," the forum's website states.

The forum also says it is committed to censoring pro-Israel perspectives.

"We have already taken a stand to exclude all people, organizations or activities that promote any kind of oppression, supporting Palestinians, and all the people struggling for their emancipation and freedom,” the website states.

An accompanying document also advises on the boycott of academics, artists and products it links to “Israeli apartheid.”

Famous anti-Israel activists such as Noam Chomsky and American actor Danny Glover have attended and supported the World Social Forum in the past.

Posted on August 9, 2016 .