Quebec student leader apologizes for Nazi salute
June 14, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
TORONTO – A Quebec student leader has apologized to B’nai Brith Canada for Nazi salutes performed by protesters and promised to advise students to refrain from behaviour evocative of the Nazi regime.
Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada, said that Martine Desjardins, leader of the Quebec Federation of University Students, formally apologized to him on behalf of her organization for distress caused to members of the Jewish community after images of protesters making the Nazi salute were shown in the media and on the internet.
Desjardins contacted Dimant in response to a statement issued by the human rights organization expressing condemnation of the protesters’ actions, which came to light on what would have been the 83rd birthday of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, and calling on protest organizers to apologize.
“B’nai Brith Canada welcomes the swift apology from Quebec student leader Martine Desjardins and is confident that she will make every effort to curtail this inappropriate and destructive behaviour by protesters,” said Dimant. “We reiterate our call to all other Quebec student organizations, protest groups and individual students to refrain from hateful gestures that have caused shock and outrage throughout the Jewish community and are tremendously offensive to all Canadians.”