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B’nai Brith Canada Commends Ontario Legislature for Rejecting BDS Movement

B’nai Brith Canada is commending the Ontario Legislature for officially joining the chorus of voices that staunchly reject the antisemitic boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. The ‘Standing Firm Against Intolerance’ motion, introduced by Gila Martow, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Thornhill, passed on Thursday, Dec. 1 by 49 to 5 votes. …

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After Historic Trade Mission to Israel, Mayor Coderre the Toast of Jewish Community

It was around four years ago when Denis Coderre stepped down as a Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Bourassa to seek the mayoralty of Montreal. One of his handlers gave me a call. “Can you do an interview with Denis for the Jewish press?” he said. “People need to know what a …

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B’nai Brith Canada Demands Evidence that UNRWA Has Changed

B’nai Brith Canada is demanding that the Canadian Government provide evidence that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) no longer engages in problematic and dangerous behaviour, and is operating at a standard in line with Canadian values and expectations as it relates to human rights. “To turn over $25 million in aid to …

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B’nai Brith Condemns Canadian Government’s Decision to Fund UNRWA

B’nai Brith Canada is outraged that the Government of Canada has committed $25-million in funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) – an organization previously criticized for its ties to the Hamas terrorist organization – without addressing the agency’s long history of incitement. “UNRWA has a track record of problematic behaviour …

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B’nai B’rith Sends Letter to US President-Elect Donald Trump

B’nai B’rith International has sent a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump congratulating him on his election as the 45th president of the United States. On behalf of B’nai B’rith International, President Gary P. Saltzman and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin wrote: Dear Mr. President-elect: On behalf of B’nai B’rith International’s members and supporters around …

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Sept. 11 Lawsuit Bill Offers Justice for Grieving Families

The United States Congress has formally passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) into law, which will allow the families and victims of terrorism, such as those of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, to bring legal action against state sponsors of terrorism. While Saudi Arabia was not directly labelled in the bill, it has …

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Changing of the Guard: Three Montreal-area Synagogues Welcome New Rabbis

Montreal’s Jewish community is about to mark its first Rosh Hashanah in many years minus the presence of three extraordinary spiritual leaders: Rabbis Sidney Shoham, Ron Aigen and Chaim Steinmetz. Rabbi Shoham served Beth Zion Congregation in Côte Saint-Luc for 50 years. Although officially retired when he passed away suddenly on Sept. 20, 2015, he …

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