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B’nai Brith Canada Proposes Outline to House of Commons on How to Better Combat Online Hate

May 2, 2019 OTTAWA – Recommendations on how to better combat online hatred were made Thursday by B’nai Brith Canada representatives to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. David Matas (Senior Legal Counsel) and Brian Herman (Director, Government Relations) submitted oral and written proposals on the subject. As revealed in our 2018 Audit …

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On the Legal Status of Jewish Refugees from Islamic Countries

Jan. 15, 2019 NEW YORK – Last month, human rights expert David Matas, who serves as B’nai Brith Canada’s senior legal counsel, delivered an address to the International Conference on Displacements of Jewish Communal Life in Islamic Lands and Cultural Reconstruction in Israel. Future Middle East peace negotiations will require the discussion of financial reparations to …

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SIGN OUR PETITION: Urge Government to Immediately Deport Nazi Helmut Oberlander

Nov. 8, 2018 By Daniel Koren & Marty York B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – A day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in the House of Commons for Canada’s failures toward Jewish refugees during the Holocaust, the federal government is now in position to deport Nazi Helmut Oberlander. B’nai Brith Canada is urging the government to act …

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Former Nazi Helmut Oberlander Finally Loses Appeal

Sept. 27, 2018 By Daniel Koren Manager, Media Relations & Communications B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – A former Nazi who illegally gained entry into Canada by lying about his past has lost his appeal to retain his Canadian citizenship. On Thursday, Justice Michael Phelan maintained that the federal government’s decision to revoke Helmut Oberlander of …

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B’nai Brith Canada Proud to Sponsor Major International Conference on Antisemitism

Sept. 13, 2018 TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada, in conjunction with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, is proud to be the exclusive Jewish-community sponsor of a major international symposium on antisemitism and Israel. Israel @ 70: Critical Perspectives on Diaspora Relations, Identity and Antisemitism will take …

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B’nai Brith Canada Representatives Testify on Terrorism Overhaul

Feb. 8, 2018 By Aidan Fishman Interim National Director of the League for Human Rights B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA– B’nai Brith Canada representatives Michael Mostyn (Chief Executive Officer) and David Matas (Senior Legal Counsel) testified before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security Thursday regarding Bill C-59, an act that would alter Canada’s approach to combating terrorism. Mostyn and Matas expressed concern about the proposed removal of Section 83.221(1)  the Criminal Code, which currently prohibits advocating …

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B’nai Brith Canada Celebrates Victory for Religious Freedom

Nov. 9, 2017 By Aidan Fishman Interim National Director of the League for Human Rights B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is pleased to announce that, following its own advocacy efforts and those of other faith groups, a section of the Criminal Code that protects religious services will be preserved. On Oct. 30, on behalf of …

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Kerry is Dead Wrong When it Comes to Settlements

In some 48 hours, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. His administration has already signalled a dramatic shift from policies introduced under soon-to-be former President Barack Obama, spanning issues such as healthcare, Iran, international trade, the United Nations, and perhaps most vocally, Israel. Of course, politicians aligned …

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Anti-Zionism and the Freedom of Religious Expression for Jewish People

As a private practice lawyer engaged in refugee, immigration and international human rights work, the majority of the clients I see are refugee claimants or relatives in Canada trying to help family member refugees abroad. The international human rights work I do is mostly advocacy for NGOs on matters relating to grave violations of international …

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B’nai Brith Canada Represents Jewish Community at U.S. Forums

By Marty York Chief Media Officer B’nai Brith Canada David Matas, renowned international human rights, immigration and refugee lawyer based in Winnipeg, was B’nai Brith Canada’s representative at The High Level Forum on Global Antisemitism at the United Nations in New York last week. Please click here for information on the event. Please click here for David’s blog on the …

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