Category: Intelligence

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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It’s Time To End The Stigma Of Immigration In Canada

On Tuesday April 19, 2016, I was a witness on behalf of the Mosaic Institute to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration hearings regarding Bill C-6 "Bill C-6: An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act." This is an edited version of my remarks

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No, “Anti-Semitism” Isn’t The Most Abused Term In Canada

Last week, writer/activist Yves Engler had the temerity to suggest "anti-Semitism may be the most abused term in Canada today" in a blog post for the Huffington Post. Engler opens by attempting to explain away pro-Hamas demonstrations at l'Univers

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German Jews Divided Over Fears Of 1 Million Muslim Newcomers

The canadian Press BERLIN — When the leader of Germany's Jews spoke out against the flow of Muslim migrants to Europe, a rabbinical student denounced his views as racist — and ignited a debate over whether Jews are right to fear unprecedented le

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