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The Jewish Community Will Not Be Intimidated By Hatred

  Sara McCleary Not too long ago, a Jewish centre in Umea, Sweden made the decision to close its doors indefinitely, putting a halt to any activities and use of its building. Continue reading

Willem Hart As the Conservative Party of Canada 2017 Leadership race enters its final months, I continue to be asked the same question by friends and colleagues within the party: which candidate is the best for Israel? Continue reading

Seniors in Crisis Get a Lift from Sports Celebrity Breakfast

Quebec Confidential   Mike Cohen MONTREAL – It is not necessarily a well-known fact, but there are almost 20,000 Jews living below the poverty line in the Montreal area. In fact, the poor represent some 20 per cent of the total Jewish population of 90,780 in the local community. Continue reading

Survey on Antisemitism Shows that Social Media Platforms Must Do More to Stop Hatred

Sara McCleary Earlier this week, a study was released examining the number of antisemitic incidents that take place on social media worldwide. It found that in 2016 alone, more than 382,000 antisemitic posts were made onto platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Continue reading

York Student Union’s Condemnation of Antisemitism the Most Pathetic in History

Willem Hart Earlier this month, swastikas and hate graffiti were discovered in a lecture room at York University, an incident currently under investigation by the Toronto Police Service as "mischief." In response, York came out with recycled statements about tolerance and how York remains a “safe and respectful environment” – even considering the “often politicized atmosphere.” Jewish groups also unequivocally condemned the incident. Continue reading

Montreal Graffiti-Removal Artist Corey Fleischer Gets Burger Named After Him

Quebec Confidential   Mike Cohen March 24, 2017 Corey Fleischer is becoming a bit of a legend in Montreal. Continue reading

Medical Assistance in Dying: Why Ontario is Doing it Wrong

  Dr. Janice Halpern ***B'nai Brith Canada is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the effects of MAID on March 29, 2017 at our headquarters in Toronto. Admission is free, but please RSVP to*** Of all the Canadian provinces, Ontario is experiencing the most difficulty in adopting Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), especially in working with physicians who do not want to be involved in any scenario that involves deliberately assisting patients to end their lives. Continue reading

Topham’s Sentence a Reminder That There is Still Much Work to be Done

  Harry Abrams Arthur Topham, founder of the racist and antisemitic website, was finally sentenced on Monday, March 13, 10 years after I, in my capacity as a volunteer for B’nai Brith Canada, alerted the RCMP to his wilful promotion of hatred against Jewish people. Continue reading

Federal Liberals Have Egg on their Faces Following Nasty Nomination Procedure

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen Last week, Le Journal de Montréal Newspaper published a two-page spread spelling out the rather lengthy list of election promises Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has either reneged on or not carried through. One that has been generating a lot of headlines recently has been the meddling that’s taken place in federal by-election nominations in Toronto and Montreal. Continue reading

We Should Welcome BDS Supporters Into Israel So They Can See How Wrong They Are

Sara McCleary Several news sites are reporting this week that a UK proponent of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has been blocked from entering Israel, in keeping with a recently-passed bill that allows border officials to deny entry to foreign nationals who support a boycott of Israel. Continue reading
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