|Naomi Chazan speaks in Toronto|
|Written by Ruby Ong|
NIF President Professor Naomi Chazan spent the weekend in Toronto for a series of meetings, a talk at Temple Emanuel and participation in Israel From Within: The Dream Reborn. Joined by Professor Derek Pensalr, Ali Haider and Ron Gerlitz of NIF grantee Sikkuy and Israel affairs analyst Shira Herzog, this groundbreaking four-hour event focused on inequality and the state of democracy in Israel.
Chazan received enthusiastic applause when she noted “In our sovereign state, we can never do to citizens and minorities in our country what was done to us when we were minorities elsewhere.”
“Empowering ourselves with knowledge on these topics and discussing them as a Canadian community is crucial,” said NIFC board member Joan Garson during her concluding remarks. “More awareness and understanding of the nuances and challenges involved in a long-held vision of Israel as both a homeland for Jews and a just and democratic society is crucial for Jews in Israel and abroad,” she added.
Over 500 people heard or met Naomi Chazan during her visit.