Halifax Pride under fire for resolution targeting pro-Israel materials


HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s official Opposition leader is criticizing efforts to oust an Israeli tourism campaign from a Halifax Pride event, saying the measure would discriminate against the province’s Jewish community.

A vote set for the Halifax Pride Society’s annual general meeting on Wednesday evening would remove the “Size doesn’t matter” campaign materials created by the Canadian Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, which includes items promoting Tel Aviv tourism.

The motion was brought forward by the group Queer Arabs of Halifax, and is supported by the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, a group that advocates for the LGBTQ in the province.

Emily Davidson, the co-chair of the action project, says her group is encouraging its members to join Halifax Pride at the annual general meeting, and vote for the resolution that would remove the materials.

She says the materials at the Atlantic Jewish Council booth during the July 23 Halifax Pride community fair amounted to “pinkwashing” because it allows Israel to promote itself within the LGBTQ community without addressing the issue of Palestinian human rights.

Jamie Baillie, the leader of the Progressive Conservatives, says in a letter that he supports the state of Israel and will no longer participate in the parade if the resolution passes.

The Atlantic Jewish Council is calling for members to attend the Halifax Pride meeting, join the group, and vote against what it terms as a “hateful resolution.”

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