Avi Benlolo
Avi Benlolo is a prominent Canadian human rights activist who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC).

He was appointed to this role in 2000 to restructure, re-energize and re-develop the organization; since that time he has devoted his extensive fundraising, educational advocacy and leadership talents to successfully elevating the profile of the organization and revitalizing its presence across Canada.

Entries by Avi Benlolo

Deconstructing Oxfam's Israel Hysteria

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 8:37 AM

Oxfam is an important international aid organization that aims to alleviate poverty and help the poor and the needy. There are many positive facets to the organization, like its current assistance to Syrian refugees. Unfortunately for Oxfam, its radical approach to Israel falls squarely in line with the new antisemitism...

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Iran Needs to Rethink Its Nuclear Policy

(15) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani somewhat extended an olive branch to the West in The Washington Post. Its safe to assume his first draft had to be vetted by the Ayatollah, the Supreme Council and the Revolutionary Guards. After multiple drafts, we are left with a confusing, read behind the lines...

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A Legal Test for Hate Speech in Canada

(15) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:02 PM

If a Canadian incites hatred against an identifiable group in public and advocates murder or genocide, does that constitute a hate crime? If the incitement is against, for example, the gay, black or aboriginal community should criminal charges be laid? What if the incitement is against the Jewish community, is...

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Ontario Says "No" to Ideology of Hate

(48) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 5:07 PM

This week marked an important turning point in Ontario's awareness of determined and well-funded efforts to undermine the values and conceptual underpinnings of Canadian society by groups hoping to import a toxic and foreign ideology to our nation.

Nowhere was this effort more evident than the staging of the "Al...

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Hotbed of Hatred

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:31 PM

It's getting more and more difficult to be a Jew in France. Painful memories still reverberate as the country recently commemorated the seventh year since the brutal killing of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old young man who was tortured for three weeks before being killed by a group called...

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Karen Klein Is the Rosa Parks of Bullying

(27) Comments | Posted June 23, 2012 | 9:46 AM

Bravo to Torontonian Max Sidorov for standing up to the bus bullies of Greece, New York and for not being a bystander, despite the distance and the ease of looking the other way. As has been widely reported in the past 24 hours, 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein...

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Mess With Israel and You're Messing With Canada

(35) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 8:12 AM

Peter MacKay does Canada proud

In a chaotic world where conflict and war is increasing, it is vital that allies who share the same
values and belief systems stand shoulder to shoulder in mutual support. Nations rely on this
system of friendship, an ideal which is often lost...

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The Younger, The Wiser

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2012 | 12:07 AM


Young people really do know it all. They are optimistic, enthusiastic and passionate about making the world a better place.

Their reflections were magical at the first annual Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's Speakers Idol. My Co-judges, Sarah Taylor of MuchMusic...

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Could the Internet Have Stopped the Holocaust?

(6) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 7:44 AM

As the world readies for the 67th commemoration of Yom Hashoah this week, we reflect on whether humanity has really learned anything. Yom Hashoah is the Hebrew word for Day of Catastrophe, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It is a day of reflection to remember the more than...

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The Anti-Semitic Shooting is Our Problem, Too

(55) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 2:01 PM

The murder of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his three and six-year-old sons, Gabriel and Arieh, and the headmaster's ten-year-old daughter Miriam at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France must be condemned and the perpetrator/s found and brought to justice. "All the House of Israel mourns the antisemitic murders...

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The Jihad Next Door

(33) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 8:08 AM

One would have anticipated a calming of the hysterical anti-Israel rhetoric and often antisemitic activities on university campuses following the scathing Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism report condemning the hate and intolerance on university campuses. The report was followed by the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism to...

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Lemire's Right to Free Speech Vs. Ours

(7) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 12:39 PM

The question of Section 13 of Canada's Human Rights Act (CHRA) dealing with hate speech has come to a head over the case of Marc Lemire, who was the last president of the neo-Nazi white supremacist group, Heritage Front, and is now a webmaster of a controversial site created in...

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What Stops the World From Taking Out Assad?

(26) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 12:36 PM

Where is the international outrage against Syria? Where are the so-called activists who readily boycott Israel on university campuses or the hypocrites who mislabel it an apartheid state? Where are the fake humanitarian flotillas to Damascus? Neither a peep nor a whisper -- only a whimper.

The Syrian President Bashar...

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Remembrance Day: Standing on Guard for Freedom

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2011 | 10:56 PM

On Nov. 11, Canadians will once again turn their attention to our fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. Remembrance is one of the most sacred acts of humanity. Not only does it sanctify the dead, it also provides moral nourishment to the living. If the saying that those who forget the...

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Israel Shakes Hands With the Devil

(41) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 9:38 AM

Most Israelis are anxiously awaiting the release of Gilad Shalit, the young Israeli prisoner of war captured on June 25, 2006 by Hamas in a cross-border raid near the Kerem Shalom crossing (in Israel). Shalit has been held in Gaza as a bargaining chip for five years and for the...

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Jewish Resolve: Drawing Strength from Yom Kippur

(71) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 9:02 AM

As on Yom Kippur of 1973, Jewish communities around the world -- and Israel in particular, are facing an external threat of historic proportion.

It was 38 years ago that a consortium of Arab states launched a surprise attack on Israel on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the holiest...

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Abbas Misses Another Opportunity

(66) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 4:58 PM

Speaking at the United Nations today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas missed an opportunity to gain the confidence of Israel and international Jewry by recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Barack Obama understands this and in his UN speech earlier this week, tried to smooth his often tense relationship with Israel...

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Canada Gets Tough on Anti-Semitsim

(168) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 10:12 AM

The government of Canada took an historic step yesterday by signing the Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism. By doing so, it recognized anti-Semitism as a pernicious evil and a global threat against the Jewish people, the State of Israel and free, democratic countries everywhere. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper has...

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Will the Palestinians Accept Their Own State?

(157) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 11:59 PM

World leaders are bracing themselves this week for a storm at the United Nations to be unleashed by the Palestinian Authority in its demand for a Palestinian state.

Visiting with community leaders in Toronto, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, Avigdor Lieberman stressed that Western nations...

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