Canada Anti Semitism

No, "Anti-Semitism" Isn't The Most Abused Term In Canada

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Yoni Goldstein

Last month, Toronto Police released a report on hate crimes in the city during 2015, and for the tenth year in a row Jews topped the list of most targeted communities. The facts suggest that certain people are seriously misjudging the state of anti-Semitism in Canada today: It is, unfortunately, far from being an "abused" term.

It's Time To End The Stigma Of Immigration In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Truthfully, unless you are a member of our indigenous peoples, we are all immigrants, regardless if you gained your citizenship yesterday or 16 generations ago. Historically, immigrants and refugees who adopted Canada as their country of choice contributed to the development of Canada's social, economic and civil fabric.

Being An Orthodox Jew Shouldn't Make Me A Target For Hate

Rebecca Beck | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca Beck

I am an orthodox Jewish woman and it's something I'm proud of. I know I may seem different to you, strange even. We look different, we keep mostly to ourselves and basically live in our own little bubble. I understand you don't "get" us. But I don't understand why we deserve the hatred directed at us.

Dear Justin Trudeau: Don't Buy Into Israeli Exceptionalism

Michelle Weinroth | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Michelle Weinroth

We ask you to resist the false alarm that your Zionist friends sound when they cry "anti-Semitism!" as the proverbial boy might cry "wolf!" For those who do so are robbing a horrendous historic episode of its gravity, confusing legitimate dissent with genocide. Criticism is not Kristallnacht; challenges to the occupation are not the gas chambers. The distinction is crucial.

A Hero That Embodies The Universal Lessons Of The Holocaust

Irwin Cotler | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living
Irwin Cotler

In July 1944, some 430,000 Hungarian Jews had been deported to Auschwitz in the space of 10 weeks -- the fastest, cruelest and most efficient mass murder of the Nazi genocide. Yet Wallenberg rescued some 100,000 Jews in six months in Hungary in 1944, demonstrating that one person with the courage to care, and the commitment to act, can confront evil and transform history.

Stop Hosting Hateful Speakers In The Name Of Religious Freedom

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

University is a place where students can freely exchange ideas but equally feel safe to do so. Students should feel safe in the knowledge that whether they identify as religious, gay, atheist, etc. or as any intersection of these, they would not be subjected to derision and scorn.

The Western Double Standard On Terror In Israel Must Stop

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not.

Violence in Israel Made Me Come Out of the Political Closet

Danila Botha | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
Danila Botha

The idea behind terrorism is to evoke contagion, a feeling that no one is safe anywhere. But believing that is dangerous both because of the panic and anxiety it evokes, and because of the way it interferes with our sense of justice.

When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitism

Mike Fegelman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

No country should be beyond legitimate criticism and all should be measured against the same yardstick, but when you single out one country over all others, namely Israel, and hold it to a unique standard and put it on the receiving end of exclusive censure, it's anti-Semitism, plain and simple.

Criticizing Israel's Politics Isn't Anti-Semitism

Tyler Levitan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

Anti-Semitism is what many Canadian Jews experienced who faced quotas when applying for professional degrees, or who were barred from joining certain golf clubs. Anti-Semitism is what my ancestors experienced in Eastern Europe with pogroms, frequent assaults and massacres in Jewish communities. Anti-Semitism is the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. How can it be in any way appropriate to use this term to describe individuals who criticize a modern political entity -- the state of Israel -- which systematically violates the rights of Palestinians?

The Value in Teaching Anti-Semitism

Sara Akrami | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Sara Akrami

Growing up in Iran has helped me to see many similarities between the Third Reich's propaganda system and the propaganda system that is currently employed by Iranian clerics -- they both justify hatred and especially anti-Semitism.

Edmonton Officer's Alleged Killer Was Investigated For Anti-Semitism

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Alberta

Norman Raddatz allegedly mounted an online campaign of bullying against another man in the city, said police.

Dave Letterman Was My Man on the Inside

Steven Kerzner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living
Steven Kerzner

I loved TV, so to enjoy the adventures of (the bionic) Steve Austin or Jim Rockford or Fonzie and the Cunninghams, I had to endure the obvious social-engineering messages that reminded me I was an outsider. Then along came David Letterman.

Alberta Gym Vandalized, Spray-Painted With Swastikas

The Huffington Post Alberta | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Alberta

The town of Ponoka raised money for seven years to build a state-of-the-art gymnasium and trampoline club, but now they're going to have to wait to un...

Why There Is No Place For Anti-Semitism in Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Muslim scholar Afifi Al Akiti has clearly stated that there is no legal precedent in Islam on targeting innocent civilians and that Hamas violated this admirable precedent in 1994 by bombing a public bus in Jerusalem. We cannot forget news items like that of Hassan Askari, a Bangladeshi Sunni Muslim, who risked his own life to aid three Jewish travelers in New York from anti-Semitic assault.

Auschwitz 70 Years Later: Universal Lessons for Our Time

Irwin Cotler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

I write at an important moment of remembrance and reminder, of bearing witness, and of action. I write also in the immediate aftermath of anti-Semitic terror and killing in France, and in the midst of ongoing mass atrocities by Boko Haram in Nigeria, ethnic cleansing in Darfur and South Sudan, and killing fields in Syria and elsewhere. And so, at this important historical moment, we should ask ourselves: What have we learned in the last 70 years, and more importantly, what must we do?

'Underneath The Lintel' Has Air Of Unintended Anti-Semitism

Michael Groberman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Berger's sloppy treatment of the Jewish and anti-Semitic materials gives the play itself an air of anti-Semitism. This naïve, somewhat lazy writing effort seems to go out of control and winds up in unintended territory. Bright comedy devolves to dark disorder.

When it Comes to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, There Are No Shades of Grey

Rondi Adamson | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Rondi Adamson

It is a black and white matter. Killing journalists because they write, draw or publish something you deem offensive is wrong, and yes, it is wrong even if the thing you deemed offensive is, objectively speaking, offensive. There are no shades of grey here, no colours, no nuances. None of that is relevant. It matters not if the cartoons were vulgar or sexist, or, as many think, not funny.

Flocking To Israel

CBC | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in a Paris synagogue last week that France's Jews should move to Israel, he likely tapped in...

Quebec Media Personality Slammed For Rant Against Jews

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada

A Quebec media personality is at the centre of a controversy after accusations he made anti-Semitic remarks on a Montreal radio show last week. Gil...

When My Daughter Says 'Mom, Everyone Hates All the Jews Now'

Mara Shapiro | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Mara Shapiro

As a Jew, I feel sorry for Palestinians. Their plight is awful. They're at the mercy of a government who would see them dead if it would further their cause. You can be PRO Palestine without being ANTI Israel. You can be against this war and not be Anti-Semitic. Try to remember that when you ask Israel to lay down their weapons you're asking them to walk right into a gas chamber.

Is This Opera Really Anti-Semitic?

Adam Moscoe | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

The Metropolitan Opera recently announced it would cancel a planned worldwide cinema broadcast of John Adams' haunting opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Indeed the whole opera has been criticized -- including by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer -- as humanizing and even justifying acts of terrorism.

Why We Should Commemorate the Liberation of Auschwitz

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We have become inured to anti-Semitism. It passes the lips and enters the ears without shock. We don't name and shame anti-Jewish hatred. Ryan Bellerose is a Métis. It didn't matter. The man who accosted him thought him a Jew. Knew nothing about him and suggested it was sad he existed. This is anti-Semitism.

Don't Let Roger Waters Get Away With What He Said

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

National Post columnist Dave Bidini failed his son as a parent when he didn't address his son's questions about Roger Waters' comments comparing Israeli Soldiers to Nazis. Moving beyond the gushing star-struck comments he made about Waters through the lips of his son, Bidini's love of Roger Water's music has blinded him to Roger Waters, the man.

The Musical Fist Against Anti-Semitism

Stephen Cera | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada
Stephen Cera

As he auditioned musicians in several countries, Huberman understood the gravity of his task. He was, in effect, deciding who would live and who would likely be killed. Yet he remained determined to rescue as many colleagues as possible: not only Germans, but also Polish, Czech, and Hungarian Jews.