Commission Condemns Hate Speech, Antisemitism, and Islamophobia

Nov 09, 2023

Yet again, incidents of hate speech, threats and discrimination are rising as the world responds to conflict. Individuals are struggling under the pressure to “choose sides” amidst so many divisive issues with entrenched parties condemning “the other,” but we simply must not succumb to the binary myth and the oversimplification of complex issues.

The current violence between Israel and Hamas has inflamed antisemitic and anti-Islamic activism the world over, including here in Nova Scotia. We’ve seen the tragic outcome of this narrative in the past and it is a reminder that human rights must be defended at times like this.

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission calls upon all Nova Scotians to protect the dignity of all people and condemn hatred in all its forms.

The Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, and it is the responsibility of every one of us in this province to refrain from distributing information promoting hate.

It is the right of all people to live a life free from discrimination, threats of violence or harm because of their identity. In Nova Scotia, we must stand together in support of peace, freedom, and dignity.  

The preceding is a statement from Joseph Fraser, Director & CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.