Category: Intelligence

Sponsors stand by Syrian refugee accused of sexually assaulting six Edmonton teenagers

On February 2, 2018 a trial wrapped up for 40 year old Soleiman Hajj Soleiman, a Syrian refugee and father of six, who is accused of sexually assaulting six teenage girls at the West Edmonton Mall water park a year ago. Soleiman, who was arrested af

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Say what? Trudeau compares ISIS to Greek and Italian immigrants to Canada

During the February 1 Town Hall in Edmonton, Prime Minister Trudeau was asked to explain his stance on ISIS. "I need to know how you're going to protect future Canadians like my young daughter 10 or 15 years from now, when you're letting in people w

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Poland Denies Being Complicit in the Holocaust

I can agree with the Polish idea of renaming Auschwitz and other death camps in Poland as Nazi Death Camps located in Poland rather than Polish Death Camps. Nazi death and work camps existed in many countries besides Germany and Poland. But I sense a

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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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