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Antonio Guterres Must Do More to Change the UN’s Anti-Israel Bias

Sara McCleary Anti-Zionists who undoubtedly scoff at the (false) notion that anti-Zionism and antisemitism aren’t intrinsically linked should be a bit happier with new(ish) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Continue reading

Quebec’s Only Jewish MNA Rises to Occasion on Premier’s Mission to Israel

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen June 2, 2017 David Birnbaum became an elected official in the spring of 2014 when he was tapped by then Quebec Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard to succeed Lawrence Bergman as the candidate and ultimately the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee. I always used to call Bergman the de facto Minister of Jewish Affairs. I think Birnbaum has now earned that title as well. Continue reading

Ryerson University Scandal Speaks Volumes About its Antisemitism Problem

Sara McCleary As it turns out, student groups and professors aren’t the only ones on Canadian university campuses that promote anti-Israel stances. Administrators are guilty of it, too. Continue reading

Bar Mitzvah Boys (Sans Leonard Cohen) Reunite After 70 Years

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat is one of the most prominent rabbinical figures in the history of Canadian Jewry. Continue reading

Facebook's Holocaust Denial Problem

Sara McCleary I find the debate surrounding social media platforms’ ethical obligations to be fascinating. 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

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
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