Founded in 1961, the NDP is a progressive party that is led by Jagmeet Singh. It currently holds 24 seats out of 338 in Canada’s House of Commons.
B’nai Brith Canada is also urging Singh to reject the motion.
“We urge Mr. Singh to ensure that resolutions rejecting the IHRA definition of antisemitism are, themselves, rejected. This definition is critical for addressing the growing antisemitism in our midst,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “Indeed, it should be forthrightly accepted by the New Democratic Party as a signal of reassurance to Canadians generally and to Canada’s Jewish community in particular.”
Canada has seen rising numbers of antisemitic attacks in recent years. Despite being only 1 percent of the population, Canadian Jews represent 20 percent of the annual reported hate crimes statistics.