On June 6, 2023, CBC Midday Café interviewed CJPME Vice-President Michael Bueckert about the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, and the threats that it poses to free speech and activism related to Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians. CJPME had previously sent a letter of concern following the show’s one-sided May 31 interview with pro-Israel group B’nai Brith Canada that celebrated Yukon’s proposal to adopt the definition but omitted any mention of the international controversy surrounding it. During the interview, Bueckert argued:
Governments should not be undermining our ability to talk about the human rights violations of any country or taking away our ability to protest racism and injustice anywhere.
CJPME applauds CBC for making an effort to restore balance to their coverage on this matter. You can also read the original letter to Midday Cafe that led to the interview here.