Joel Harden, MPP for Ottawa-Centre, has a track record of demonizing Israel, excusing Palestinian terrorism and holding Jewish-Canadian communities individually responsible for the acts of foreign states.
Harden had in 2019 attracted major media attention for calling on Israel to release a suspected member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – a designated terrorist entity His comments, previously made on a broadcast hosted by Peter Larson, have deeply offended the Jewish community and stray into overt antisemitism. B’nai Brith Canada has well documented the antisemitic postings and absurd anti-Jewish claims made by Harden. Recently he said Israel unquestionably is the “single greatest" origin of violence in the Middle East and spoke of “asking many questions of Jewish neighbours here about how much longer we should put up with this.”
On November 22, 2022, B’nai Brith Canada publicly called for Joel Harden’s ouster from Ontario NDP Caucus. Click here to read the full story on their website.