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Canadian Friends of the International Christian Embassy's Correspondence with the Government of Canada regarding UN Resolution 3379
See Also   Canadian Friends ICEJ Spearheaded Successful Campaign To Revoke UN Resolution 3379
June 1, 1991

The Right Honourable M. Brian Mulroney
Prime Minister of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

We rejoice with the State of Israel in the miraculous rescue of Ethiopian Jews from famine and war, and their airlift to freedom.

The whole world saw thousands of black Jews being welcomed to Israel by their families and friends.

This is Zionism in action: the return of the Jewish people to its historic homeland.

Now is the time to revoke the United Nations' resolution 3379 which declared "that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination."

Canada voted against this false malicious statement in 1975. Let Canada lead the way in pressing for its repeal in 1991.

A background pamphlet is enclosed for your information.

Respectfully submitted,

Alan Lazerte
Executive Director
Canadian Friends of the I.C.E.J.

Replies received:

June 11, 1991

Mr. Alan Lazerte
Executive Director
Canadian Friends of the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem
Oakville, Ontario    L6J 5C1

Dear Mr. Lazerte:

On behalf of the Honourable Lowell Murray, I acknowledge receipt and thank you for your letter of June 1, 1991, with attachment concerning the United Nations Resolution 3379.

Please be assured that your correspondence has been brought to the Senator's attention.

Yours sincerely,

Dominique La Salle
Chief of Staff
Office of the Leader of the Government in the Senate

June 17, 1991

Dear Mr. Lazerte,

I wish to acknowledge receipt of your letter of June 1, 1991, and the appended pamphlet dealing with racism and racial discrimination.

Your views and comments have been well noted and I have taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your correspondence to my colleague, The Honourable Barbara McDougall, Secretary of State for External Affairs for her consideration.

Trusting this is to your entire satisfaction, I beg to remain,

Yours sincerely,

Marcel Masse
Minister of National Defence
Ottawa, Canada

June 27, 1991

Dear Mr. Lazerte,

Thank you for your letter of June 1, 1991, with respect to the Middle East. I have forwarded your letter to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, The Honourable Barbara McDougall, so that she may be apprised of your views and concerns.

Thank you again for taking the time to inform the Minister about this important subject.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Jim Judd
Associate Chief of Staff to The Right Honourable Joe Clark
Office of the President of the Privy Council and Minister Responsible for Constitutional Affairs Ottawa, Canada

July 26, 1991

Dear Mr. Lazerte,

I am writing further to my letter dated June 10, 1991 concerning United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 (adopted in 1975) which declared ""hat Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination".

As you know, I have been in touch with the Hon. Barbara McDougall, Secretary of State for External Affairs in this regard and I have now heard from her as follows:

"Thank you for your enquiry in which you brought to my attention correspondence you received from Mr. Alan Lazerte, Executive Director of Canadian Friends of the International Christian Embassy – Jerusalem concerning United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 (adopted in 1975) which declared "that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.

"I wish to assure you and through you, Mr. Lazerte, that the Canadian government shares his belief that this is a malicious statement. In his last speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September of 1990, my predecessor, the Right Honourable Joe Clark, stated inter alia that Canada abhors: 'such blemishes on this Organization as the odious Resolution equating Zionism with racism, passed 15 years ago by this Assembly.'

"When there are clear prospects that such a campaign would have a chance of succeeding in the General Assembly, Canada is prepared to work actively to have this resolution neutralized.

"The essential focus, I believe, is for the international community to work for movement of the peace process in the Middle East. Progress towards a peace settlement will, I hope, in due course, engender the climate which would allow for a successful campaign to overturn the 'Zionism (is) Racism' resolution."

Trusting you will find this information to be of some assistance. I remain,

Yours sincerely,

The Hon. Herb Gray, M.P.
Windsor West
House of Commons
Ottawa Canada

August 6, 1991

Dear Mr. Lazerte:

Thank you for your letter of June 1st regarding the State of Israel and in particular, United Nations Resolution 3379 which equates Zionism with racism.

As I stated on several occasions – both in and out of the House of Commons – the attacks on Israel during the Gulf War totally disregarded Israel's right to exist and to defend itself. Liberals commend the people of Israel for remarkable restraint in spite of the brutal provocation.

The end of the war marks only the beginning of a much more difficult challenge facing the international community – the challenge of reconstruction, and stabilization in the Middle East. For your information, I have enclosed a copy of my June 14th speech entitled: "Pursuing a Vision: Canadian Foreign Policy and the New Internationalism." It touches on the Middle East situation and the lessons learned from the war.

I have also enclosed a copy of the speech made on my behalf to the Canada-Israel Committee by Sheila Copps, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. In it, Liberals call upon the Mulroney government to press for the repeal of Resolution 3379.

Again, thank you for your letter on this important matter.


Jean Chrétien
House of Commons, Ottawa
Leader of the Opposition

November 8, 1991

Dear Mr. Lazerte:

The Secretary of State for External Affairs, the Honourable Barbara McDougall, has asked me to reply to your letter of June 1, 1991, regarding Canada's position on the repeal of the odious 1975 United Nations (UN) General Assembly "Zionism is racism" resolution. The Minister of Employment and Immigration, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, has also written on your behalf. Please excuse the delay in replying.

This resolution is, and always has been, offensive to the Canadian government and to Canadians. Canada voted against the resolution in 1975, and has worked to keep references to it out of other UN resolutions.

In (your) letter, you have asked to decisive action on Canada's part concerning this resolution. As you may be aware, Canada's position on repealing this resolution has already been forcefully expressed by Mrs. McDougall, in her speech on September 25, 1991, to the 46th session of the UN General Assembly. She stated that "within our purview, a decision by this General Assembly to rescind the infamous Zionism is racism resolution would send a powerful and positive signal". Since then, Canada's view has been reiterated at the UN in the Canadian statement on Racism by the Honourable Walter McLean to the UN's 3rd committee.

We will be working with our friends at the UN to maximize the chances for a successful campaign at this General Assembly. I can assure you that Canada will continue to work for a successful conclusion to this campaign.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew N. Robinson
Director, Middle East Relations Division
External Affairs and International Trade Canada

c.c. The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, P.C., M.P.
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