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Facebook's Holocaust Denial Problem

Sara McCleary I find the debate about social media platforms’ ethical obligations very interesting. Continue reading

B'nai Brith Audit Could Serve As Model for Other Minority Groups

  Willem Hart  Sociology demands data. It demands that there be a process of data collection, standards and a strict process that must be upheld before coming to a conclusion. Continue reading

A Historic Mission to Israel for Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen May 19, 2017 MONTREAL - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard ventured into the heart of Quebec’s Jewish community last week to speak to an overflowing crowd at the City of Côte Saint-Luc Men's Club. Continue reading

The Audit of Antisemitic Incidents According to Internet Commenters

  Sara McCleary May 18, 2017TORONTO - This week I did something extremely brave so that you didn’t have to – I read internet comments. Continue reading

What B'nai Brith's Audit Tells Us About Antisemitism in Quebec

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen May 12, 2017 MONTREAL - When B'nai Brith Canada's League for Human Rights announces the details of its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents at a Montreal press conference, the room is traditionally full. Continue reading

What’s ‘Racist’ About Marrying Jewish?

Rafael Moiseev I recently attended a youth Shabbaton where Rabbi Michael Skobac, the Director of Education and Counselling of Jews for Judaism, was a guest speaker. For about an hour, Rabbi Skobac compellingly discussed his personal evolution from that of a “free-loving secular hippie” to the highly-respected expert on Jewish unity and continuity that we see today. A man who has devoted his life’s work to strengthening and preserving Jewish identity. Continue reading

It's Time to Hit the Reset Button at York University

Aidan Fishman & Willem Hart This week, our community was exposed to yet another act of antisemitism at York University. According to reports, high school students who had journeyed to campus for an anti-racism workshop, including many from the heavily-Jewish Westmount Collegiate Institute in Thornhill, Ont. were told that discrimination against Jews is not a topic worthy of conversation, while being cursed at by York professors and students on account of their supposed “white privilege.”  Continue reading

Are Member States Finally Waking Up to UNESCO's Anti-Israel Bias?

Sara McCleary In a move that at this point should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voted yet again in favour of a resolution that is overwhelmingly biased against Israel. Continue reading

Montrealers Rise to the Occasion Once Again to Celebrate Israel

Quebec Confidential   Mike Cohen MONTREAL - Fourteen years ago Montreal businessman, philanthropist and B’nai Brith Canada supporter Amos Sochaczevski felt that the city’s annual Israel rally needed an adrenaline shot. Federation CJA had moved the event from downtown to the suburbs and, as such, it lacked the kind of appeal he felt it deserved. Continue reading

Yom HaShoah Takes On New Prominence in Montreal; B’nai Brith Gets a Big Assist

Quebec Confidential   Mike Cohen MONTREAL - I think it is safe to say that, 72 years after the Allies defeated Nazi Germany and the Axis powers, Holocaust Remembrance Day has never been more visible in Montreal. Continue reading
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