TORONTO, January 4, 2010 – The League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada, has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) to reconsider the continued exclusion of Women’s Ski Jumping from the upcoming Olympic Games. According to the League’s National Chair Allan Adel, and its National Director, Ruth Klein, although the recent Supreme Court decision technically places the IOC outside the ambit of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the position taken on women’s ski jumping violates the spirit of the Charter, which prohibits discrimination based on gender.B'nai Brith can't be taken seriously as a voice for real human rights if it indulges in the ultimate tyranny of making it imperative to label every institutionalized recognition of human differences as Nazi-like.
In a letter to John Furlong, CEO of VANOC, the League recalled the 1936 Berlin Olympics when the OIC turned a blind eye to Hitler’s fascist regime, which was even then implementing discriminatory policies against Jews that impacted Games that year. The League asks the OIC and the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) to focus on its policies and practices relating to discrimination, “and that includes eliminating discrimination against women now, just as it should have included resistance to discrimination against Jews then”.
Monday, January 04, 2010
B'nai Brith beclowns itself
Whatever you think of the International Olympic Committee's decision not to allow women to compete in ski jumping at the upcoming Vancouver games - the IOC claims the women's sport is not yet sufficiently established - it is surely not a decision that merits comparison to the Nazis. B'nai Brith Canada does all Jews a disservice in demonstrating an inability to move their political discourse beyond the Nazi-Jew model of victimhood (a now much abused revelation, as evidenced by the fact that antisemites currently invoke it to "Nazify" Israel and other Western enemies of Islamofascism). Here's what B'nai Brith says in its latest press release