Sara McCleary

The Audit of Antisemitic Incidents According to Internet Commenters

May 18, 2017 TORONTO – This week I did something extremely brave so that you didn’t have to – I read internet comments. Usually I avoid reading comments on online news stories at all costs, plagued as they are by internet trolls and just general ignorance. But after B’nai Brith released its 2016 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents last week, I …

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Jewish Chronicle Op-Ed Blasting Antisemitism Stats is Way Off Base

TORONTO – Last month, the Toronto Police Service released its hate crimes report for 2016, and as has been the case for over a decade, Jews remained the single most-targeted group. In fact, almost 30 per cent of all reported incidents were aimed towards members of the Jewish community. This news has been met with different reactions. Toronto Sun columnist …

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Passover BDS Event a Disgusting Display of Religious Appropriation at Concordia

  MONTREAL – Posters marked with the words “Passover Against Apartheid” were plastered around the Concordia University campus on Monday, shortly before the start of Passover, promoting an event being held Thursday, April 13 called – you guessed it – “Passover Against Apartheid.” It is being hosted by the groups Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights,  the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), and the Concordia Student Union. The four-hour-long event will feature an art exhibit and two discussion sessions. The first is …

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Antonio Guterres, Nikki Haley and the Turning of the Tide for Israel at the UN

Finally, some positive changes for Israel at the United Nations. For the first time in at least a decade, it appears that the UN is finally being led by a Secretary-General who is unafraid to publicly support Israel. In a recent interview with Israel Public Radio, Antonio Guterres said of the Temple Mount, currently home to …

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Germany’s “Rent-A-Jew” Program: Wait Before You Judge

While making the rounds on my usual websites this week, I stumbled upon a couple of articles about a controversial new program in Germany: “Rent-a-Jew” (page doesn’t exist). Organized by the European Janusz Korczak Academy in Munich, the program’s name and tagline – “You never forget your first” – are intentionally provocative, meant to spark conversation. …

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