MONTREAL (May. 15)
The Canadian Parliament in Ottawa and the Quebec National Assembly unanimously adopted almost identical resolutions Tuesday condemning racism and anti-Semitism, as manifested by the desecration last week of the Jewish cemetery in the French city of Carpentras.
The measure in Quebec was introduced by Gerald Godin, speaker of the governing Parti Quebecois. It expressed “indignation and profound sadness over the savage profanation of the Jewish cemetery.”
The parliamentary resolution was introduced by Sheila Finestone, a member of the House of Commons from the Montreal area.
The Canadian Jewish Congress held a protest rally for the desecrated cemetery at its headquarters here Tuesday, attended by about 500 people.
In the audience were Charles and Ninette Germon, brother and sister of the late Felix Germon, whose body was brutally removed from its grave at Carpentras and mutilated.
The French consul general, Jean-Pierre Beauchateau, told the crowd, “The entire French nation speaks as a single man, saying no to racism, no to anti-Semitism.”