Canada Anti Semitism

Hate Is Not Welcome In Our City

Idan Scher | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Idan Scher

Last Thursday I arrived at my synagogue to find it vandalized. It was heartbreaking to see blatant anti-Semitism and racism displayed in our nation's capital. But after a difficult week, far more than a silver lining has emerged. Ottawa has united to send a clear message to anyone who would target communities based on their faith, race, or other characteristic.

Hate Lives In Canada Too

Sarah Beech | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Beech

Canadians need to stop being polite about their racism and start owning it. Resist the urge to get defensive of multiculturalism and realize not everyone experiences Canada in the same way. Multiculturalism alone cannot mitigate prejudice, not without action. Canada is not devoid of racism because of our multiculturalism and the 'Trump Effect' must not eclipse the domestic racism that has long existed in this country.

Wake Up, Trump Just Put A White Nationalist In The White House

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

There have been many calls to better understand the white working class voter and placing blame on "political correctness" for what Van Jones dubbed on election night "a whitelash." In other words, that the real problem was that we weren't paying enough attention to straight, white people and shouldn't have been calling for diversity, equality and respect. But arguing that if you just didn't challenge straight white male supremacy then they wouldn't have elected a straight white male supremacist is no different than blaming a rape victim for what she wore, or a gay-bashing victim for kissing his boyfriend, or a Jew for wearing a Star of David necklace.

Canada's Anti-Islamophobia Motion A Shining Example To The World

Samer Majzoub | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Canada's parliament adopted unanimously a motion to condemn all forms of Islamophobia in the country. The fact that the motion received no objection from any of the federal parties shows that the Liberal, NDP, Conservative and Bloc Quebecois members have a clear understanding that Islamophobia is a severe form of bigotry.

Hate Speech Is Trash And Should Be Treated As Such

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Like it or not, Canada is a country that celebrates freedom of expression. Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that "Everyone has freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication." That "Everyone" includes people who say objectionable, false, foolish, misguided, or even ugly things.

German Jews Divided Over Fears Of 1 Million Muslim Newcomers

CP | Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada

Jewish fears of Muslim immigration reflect a spike in anti-Semitic attacks and anti-Israel protests by Muslim youths in Germany during Israel's 2014 war in Gaza.

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 11.25.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | 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 08.31.2016 | 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 08.14.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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 05.21.2016 | 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...