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Canada Needs More Preventative Measures to Fight Antisemitism

Sara McCleary TORONTO – Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to the World Jewish Congress in New York this week where she stressed Canada’s commitment to fighting radicalization and terrorism – particularly as part of the battle against Islamic State militants. Continue reading

Concordia Student Union Should Apologize for Supporting ‘Passover Against Apartheid’ Event

Sara McCleary MONTREAL – Last week, I wrote about the controversial “Passover Against Apartheid” event held at Concordia University. To recap, the Concordia Student Union (CSU) partnered with the Fine Arts Student Alliance and campus group Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (note the absence of any Jewish groups) to host an art exhibit and discussion session on why Passover should be a time to support Palestinians “in the face of Israel’s apartheid state,” and to think about, “What blessings can we use to replace ‘Next year in Jerusalem?’” Continue reading

Montreal City Hall Continues B'nai Brith Yom HaShoah Tradition

Quebec Confidential   Mike Cohen MONTREAL - As Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre prepares for the 2017 elections in November, there is no question that he has the support of the Jewish community behind him. Continue reading

Passover BDS Event a Disgusting Display of Religious Appropriation at Concordia

Sara McCleary MONTREAL – Posters marked with the words "Passover Against Apartheid" were plastered around the Concordia University campus on Monday, shortly before the start of Passover, promoting an event being held Thursday, April 13 called – you guessed it – “Passover Against Apartheid.” It is being hosted by the groups Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights,  the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), and the Concordia Student Union.  Continue reading

Jewish Chronicle Op-Ed Blasting Antisemitism Stats is Way Off Base

Sara McCleary TORONTO – Last month, the Toronto Police Service released its hate crimes report for 2016, and as has been the case for over a decade, Jews remained the single most-targeted group. In fact, almost 30 per cent of all reported incidents were aimed towards members of the Jewish community. Continue reading

Feeding the Needy in Montreal: B'nai Brith and MADA Unite for Passover Food Drive

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen MONTREAL – Last week, a dozen B'nai Brith Canada volunteers enthusiastically headed to the MADA Community Centre warehouse to pick and pack more than 2,000 food baskets. Continue reading

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
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