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CAQ Must Completely Backtrack on Religious Symbols Ban

François Legault Oct. 11, 2018 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike Cohen The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. MONTREAL – For most new governments, municipal, federal, or provincial, there’s a honeymoon period. In Quebec, that has hardly been the case for Premier-elect François Legault, whose Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) won a strong majority in the Oct. 1 provincial election with 74 seats compared to 32 for the Liberals, 10 for Québec Solidaire and 10 for the Parti Québecois (PQ). Continue reading

Setting the Record Straight on Jews and Indigeneity

A portion of the Arch of Titus, depicting the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE.  July 31, 2018 OPINION | By Ran UkashiDirector of the League for Human RightsB'nai Brith Canada Much has been written about, and some have criticized, the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team’s recent visit to Israel for the World Lacrosse Championships. As such, it is more important than ever to set the record straight on Indigenous relations in the Holy Land and the historical rights of the Jewish people. Continue reading

Months Later, CBC Yet to Correct Record on Infant Hamas Claimed Died at Gaza Border

The mother of Layla Ghandour holds her at the morgue of al-Shifa hospital (Photo: AFP) July 17, 2018 OPINION | By Josh KornSpecial to B'nai Brith Canada The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. OTTAWA – Several months have passed since the media erupted with a story that an 8-month-old infant died, allegedly at the hands of Israeli forces, after inhaling tear gas during riots on the Gaza-Israel border. Continue reading

Women Who Walked Out on Birthright Trip Should Visit the West Bank on Their Own Dime

Members of IfNotNow protest against Israel July 5, 2018 OPINION| By Amanda AttarB'nai Brith Canada The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. I'm upset.  No, I’m not reciting the lyrics to Drake’s latest single. I’m simply perturbed by the latest case of hostile anti-Israel activism, from members of our own tribe no less. Continue reading

Student Newspaper Lauds Montreal Activist for Fighting Racism; Reneges Because of Pro-Israel Stance

(L-R) Yvon Soucy, First Vice-President of the Fédération Québécoise des Municipalités; Pierre Lefrançois, Mayor of L’Ange-Gardien; Corey Fleischer; Francesco Miele, City Councillor for the Côte-de-Liesse district; and  Norbert Morin, Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud pose for a photo after Fleischer received the Municipal Merit Award. June 27, 2018 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike Cohen The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. MONTREAL – When I attended Concordia University more than 30 years ago as a journalism student, I was never fond of the editorial slant of campus newspaper, The Link. Its stories were sensationalistic and its editorial viewpoints did not speak to me as a student. Continue reading

Banning al-Quds Day Won't Be Easy. But It's Necessary.

Children carry signs comparing the Israel Defence Forces to ISIS at al-Quds Day in Toronto on June 9, 2018 (Photo: Twitter) June 26, 2018 OPINION | By Josh KornSpecial to B'nai Brith Canada The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. OTTAWA – Earlier this month, an article by David Reevely appeared in the Ottawa Citizen in which he questions how incoming Ontario Premier Doug Ford plans to implement his campaign pledge to ban al-Quds Day rallies in Ontario. Continue reading

Canada, Israel Sign Historic Modernized Free Trade Agreement

Minister Eli Cohen and François-Philippe Champagne are flanked by Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko, Anthony Housefather and Stephen Bronfman as they sign the enhanced Free Trade Agreement May 29, 2018 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike CohenB'nai Brith Canada The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. MONTREAL – Federal Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne and Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen signed a historic modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) Monday at the Gelber Conference Centre before a jam-packed room of 300 people. Continue reading

B’nai Brith Sunday Brunch Series Growing in Popularity in Montreal

Jennifer Gasoi (with guitar) with some of the organizers and participants of B'nai Brith's "Music Brunches for Seniors" May 24, 2018 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike CohenB'nai Brith Canada MONTREAL — There are no shortage of events and activities organized by the Jewish community in Montreal. However, the B’nai Brith Community Volunteer Services (CVS) Committee has clearly come up with a winning formula with its Music Brunches for Seniors. Continue reading

NDP Should Think Twice Before Rushing to Condemn Israel

Statements from the NDP and its leader Jagmeet Singh (Photo: Screenshots) May 17, 2018 OPINION | By Benjamin PaulB'nai Brith Canada The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. On Tuesday, as Israelis rejoiced at the unveiling of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, less than a hundred kilometres away, Palestinian rioters faced off against Israeli troops in what was the most violent confrontation since the 2014 Gaza War. Continue reading

Hamas Proves Mainstream Media Wrong

A protestor at the Gaza riots on Monday, April 14, 2018 (Photo: Associated Press) May 16, 2018 OPINION | By Daniel Koren & Sara GruszczynskiB'nai Brith Canada The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. Media outlets from all over the world were quick to judge and condemn Israel Tuesday after a deadly riot at the Gaza border left 62 Palestinians dead. Continue reading
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