Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau published on Wednesday a greeting to the citizens of Canada celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim:
"On this joyous occasion, friends and families will come together to wear costumes, play games, feast on Hamantaschen, and exchange gifts.
Traditionally, Purim recounts the story of Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai, who saved the Jewish people of ancient Persia.
On this occasion, we are reminded of the strength of the Jewish people, who have survived and triumphed over unspeakable persecution.
As we read the Megillah Esther, we reaffirm our ongoing responsibility to take action and stand against acts of anti-Semitism, and other expressions of hatred and discrimination, both here in Canada and around the world.”
Last month, the Canadian parliament approved by a large majority a draft resolution rejecting and condemning the anti-Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.