Category: Anti-Semitism/BDS

Trudeau’s Hanukkah statement doesn’t mention the Temple, Jerusalem or Israel

On December 12, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement marking the first day of Hanukkah: "At sunset today, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will welcome the beginning of Hanukkah – one of the oldest t

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TRUDEAU REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL

Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will not move Canada's embassy from Tel Aviv to the Jewish State's capital. Trudeau's statement was made a few days after President Trump, in an

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ARE CANADIAN JEWS SAFE?

On December 8, Toronto City Council approved the installation of the so-called "vehicle mitigation measures" – concrete barriers designed to protect Nathan Phillips Square from potential vehicular terrorist rampages similar to the ones seen in Barc

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Anti-Semitism Is A Resurging Reality I Have To Explain To My Son

For Joshua Ostroff, anti-Semitism was once theoretical, something that happened to his grandparents. Now it's become a reality he has to explain to his son. There are people saying that we deserve a right to attack people not because of anything they

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Violence in Israel Made Me Come Out of the Political Closet

I have been asked several times recently to write about my views on Israel. This has happened even more since this past June, when my first novel was published. Too Much on the Inside explores the intersecting lives of four characters, who are imm

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The Western Double Standard On Terror In Israel Must Stop

A double standard is a rule or standard of behaviour applied unfairly to two or more people, placing someone at a disadvantage. Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while

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Stop Hosting Hateful Speakers In The Name Of Religious Freedom

Many of us in university and interfaith circles uphold safe spaces. We let students know that they are welcome in our spaces irrespective of their religious and political affiliations, gender expression, sexual orientation and other characteristics.

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A Hero That Embodies The Universal Lessons Of The Holocaust

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a reminder of horrors too terrible to believe but not too terrible to have happened. This year, it marked the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the most brutal extermination camp of the 20th c

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Dear Justin Trudeau: Don’t Buy Into Israeli Exceptionalism

To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau: "How is this night different from all other nights?" Such is the question we Jews ritually ask the youngest child at the Passover table. Commemorating the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, the question carries

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Being An Orthodox Jew Shouldn’t Make Me A Target For Hate

I am an orthodox Jewish woman and it's something I'm proud of. I love my religion with all its goodness and flaws. There were many times during my challenges that my faith was the only thing that kept me from falling apart. I want to talk about somet

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