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A Comprehensive Look at Palestinian Payments to Terrorists in 2018

Israeli troops scan the area of a terrorist attack in the West Bank settlement of Ofra on Dec. 9, 2018  Dec. 10, 2018 OPINION | By Yossi Kuperwasser The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. JERUSALEM – The detailed Palestinian Authority budget for 2018 that was published recently has new details about the allocations to arrested terrorists and the families of those who died or were wounded in the context of the “struggle against Zionism.” Continue reading

It's Time to Put Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries on the Global Agenda

Jewish refugees at Ma'abarot transit camp (Photo Credit: Jewish Agency for Israel) Nov. 28, 2018 OPINION | By Ashley Perry (Perez) The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. This article was originally published on JNS.org. Do you know what we commemorate on Nov. 30? Continue reading

Can the Law Combat Antisemitism?

Nov. 2, 2018 OPINION | By Prof. Lorne Sossin The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B'nai Brith Canada. This article originally appeared on Prof. Sossin's Law Blog. TORONTO – With the tragic attack on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh still reverberating around the world, I’ve been reflecting on two panels I had the privilege to moderate exploring the relationship between law and combating antisemitism, which took place earlier in October, sponsored by York University’s Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, Osgoode Hall Law School and B’nai Brith Canada.  Continue reading

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
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