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ILF files groundbreaking case in Toronto utilizing the IHRA definition.

Foodbenders, a Toronto based restaurant, is facing legal action after using the hashtag “#zionistsnotwelcome” and making statements such as “police brutality is an Israeli export” and “Zionists are Nazis,” in social media posts. The restaurant owner has discriminated against Jews when she publicly stated her refusal to serve Zionists in her store. The ILF filed a case that aims to utilize this definition in creating precedent, which will then enable it to be used worldwide to counter antisemitic discrimination.

For the first time in history, IHRA provides a legal definition intended to help identify and act against antisemitism. This working definition of antisemitism has been adopted by 18 countries worldwide. IHRA recognizes that, amongst others, anti-Zionism, meaning the denial of the Jewish people's right to self-determination, is a modern expression of antisemitism.

The ILF is proud to be partnering with Adv. Leo Adler, a prominent Criminal Lawyer in Canada, who will be taking the lead on this case. The claim, submitted on behalf of an 86-year-old woman who fled from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, states that the post “Zionists not Welcome” amounts to a statement denying service to Jewish people, a form of racial discrimination. She adds that these anti-Jewish policies are reminiscent of “Canada’s darkest days” when establishments announced proudly “No Dogs and No Jews” were allowed.

 The ILF, who was the first to submit a complaint to the tribunal, sees this as a monumental case. Both for being a case submitted under the IHRA working definition for antisemitism, and as a human rights case for discrimination against any minority. The ILF will not give up this fight and take this case as far as it needs to go in order to ensure that this, the first case using the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is successful in order to assure that it can be used in the future to counter hatred, antisemitism and discrimination all over the world.


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