B'nai Brith Official Resigns After Controversy Over Statements on Israel

November 3, 2004

Source: The Globe and Mail


On November 3, 2004 The Globe and Mail reported, "An official with B'nai Brith Canada resigned after statements he made on The Michael Coren Show that Israel's use of state-sponsored terrorism is justified to protect its citizens. Adam Aptowitzer, former Ontario chairman of B'nai Brith Institute for International Affairs, apologized for the comments, and the organization announced yesterday it had accepted his resignation. His remarks were condemned by Muslim groups, including the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Canadian Arab Federation and the National Council on Arab Relations. The groups said Mr. Aptowitzer's apparent endorsement of terrorism did not receive the same degree of scrutiny by the news media as Mohamed Elmasry's controversial statement on the same program that all Israeli citizens over 18 are fair targets for Palestinian suicide bombers. Mr. Elmasry, president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, later apologized for his comments, but his organization did not accept his offer to resign."