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Montreal's Israel Apartheid Week Should Make Us All Feel Uncomfortable

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen MONTREAL – It is difficult to believe that an international series of events called Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) has been going on for 13 years now, let alone that it takes place in over 200 countries. Continue reading

Religious Leaders Must Promote Tolerance, Not Hate

Sara McCleary In 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing the first week of February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. Continue reading

We Must All Be Aware That BDS Stickers Are Illegal

Ryan Bellerose Those who have a fondness for politics, news, and anything related to the State of Israel most likely know about the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to isolate and demonize the Jewish state. Continue reading

An Interview with Lior Raz of 'Fauda'

Quebec ConfidentialMike Cohen MONTREAL – Only a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Israeli actor Lior Raz and his breakout television series Fauda, which is being aired in 190 countries. When I learned that he was coming to speak at an event in Montreal, I expressed relief that I had signed up for Netflix in the fall and, within a week, binge-watched the riveting 12 episodes. Continue reading

Feminism’s Newest 'Hero' is a Convicted Terrorist

  Willem Hart  Over the last few years, the conversation surrounding racial identity politics – once exclusive to the domain of academia – has broken into the mainstream Western conscience, a trend unmistakably visible in the recent widespread culture of protest sparked by the rise of U.S. President Donald Trump. Continue reading

Guterres, Haley and the Turning of the Tide for Israel at the UN

Sara McCleary Finally, some positive changes for Israel at the United Nations. Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of Montreal’s First Jewish Mayor

  Mike Cohen Has Michael Applebaum already suffered enough? The former Montreal mayor now faces a prison sentence after being found guilty in Quebec Court last month  of eight corruption-related charges. It was alleged, and clearly support by the judge, that Applebaum extorted some  $60,000 from developers seeking contracts between 2006 and 2012 while he was mayor of the West End borough of Côte-des-Neiges — Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce. He only served as mayor of Montreal proper for seven months, stepping up on an interim basis. Continue reading

‘Jewish’ Group Issues Statement In Support of Igor ‘Punch a Zionist’ Sadikov

Ryan Bellerose There’s a good chance that you’ve heard by now about Igor ‘Punch a Zionist’ Sadikov, the McGill student leader who encouraged and incited violence against supporters of Israel on Twitter. Continue reading

The McGill 'Punch A Zionist' Student Must Be Expelled

  Lissa Albert Montreal is a city rich with post-secondary educational institutions, with one such venerable university, McGill, considered the most "Ivy League" of them all. Continue reading

Outremont: Where Intolerance Never Sleeps

Mike Cohen There is never a dull moment in the Montreal borough of Outremont, home to Quebec’s largest Hasidic community and recognized – rightly so – as a place where acts of intolerance are common place. Continue reading
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