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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

Boycott Hummus!!!!

Sara McCleary Last week, the University of California, Riverside’s student government voted in favour of removing Sabra-brand hummus from the school’s food services. The resolution had support from the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Continue reading

'An Attack on One Faith Group is an Attack on All of Us'

Quebec ConfidentialMike Cohen The day after the deadly shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, I was at the B’nai Brith Canada Quebec Region office with senior leaders Eric Bissell and Ted Greenfield, executive director Harvey Levine, and B’nai Brith House director Eileen Katz. We were waiting to meet with D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum to receive the original copy of a declaration he made lauding B’nai Brith for moving forward with its newest affordable housing development.  Continue reading

Jewish ‘Blood Libel’ Finds New Audience With SJP Ryerson

Willem Hart The old adage is true: history does tend to repeat itself. At Toronto’s Ryerson University, members of its resident anti-Israel club (Students for Justice in Palestine) have found themselves perpetuating Nazi-era propaganda, despite all claims to the contrary that the group is not antisemitic, but anti-Zionist. Continue reading

YouTube Star's 'Death to Jews' Video an Example of Unintentional Antisemitism

Sara McCleary There is, I think, a tendency to assume that antisemitism is always a conscious choice. Meaning, for a person to be antisemitic, he/she must be aware of it and intentionally show it in his/her actions and speech. But I’ve come to realize that anti-Jewish rhetoric often also comes in the form of unintentional antisemitism if you will, one that is deeply rooted in ignorance and possibly even more damaging than the calculated kind. Continue reading

Montreal Theatre Company Hopes to Contribute to Peace in Israel

Quebec ConfidentialMike Cohen MONTREAL – With a mission to develop, produce and broker new Quebec theatre to ever-widening audiences, the team at Infinithéâtre is committed to staging theatre that is as entertaining as it is relevant.  Continue reading

Being a Victim of Antisemitism Has Actually Brought Me Hope

Sara McCleary In my time as a contributor for B’nai Brith Canada, I’ve written a lot about antisemitism and its implications. Last week, I penned a more personal story after finding a swastika drawn in the snow on my own front yard, discussing the myriad of emotions I felt that ranged from anger to sadness to anxiety. Continue reading
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