Canada Anti Semitism

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

Mara Shapiro | Posted 07.29.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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.

Make No Mistake: Stephen Harper Supports Netanyahu, Not Israel

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Incorrect is the claim that Stephen Harper defends the freedom and dignity of all people. Israel's occupation of the West Bank is an institutionalized system of oppression that every day denies the freedom and dignity of millions of Palestinians. When Canada votes against Palestinian aspirations at the UN, we come across as vindictive.

Is Racism Actually a Fear of the Unknown?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

You walk into a store and the salesperson is a different colour, a woman wearing a hijab, a young man with piercings and tattoos. You walk into a room and realize that no one looks like you. A sense of anxiety sets in from the fight/flight response to fear. That instinctual response to fear begins because we instinctively fear the unknown -- be it a place, an event, a person.

Israeli Parliament to Hold Historic Meet at Auschwitz

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

On January 27, 2014, the largest-ever delegation of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) members will convene overseas -- on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with Holocaust survivors, for a historic gathering on combating anti-Semitism.

Is Quebec Good Enough for Canada?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

The secular fundamentalism as practiced in the province of Quebec is destructive to the bi-lingual, multi-ethnic fabric of Canada. Quebec's narrative of uni-lingualism, uni-culturalism and uni-ethnic absolutism is a throwback to tribalism that flourishes in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

Ashke-Nazis: Is That an "N" Word?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I live in a small rural community. Mostly white. Mostly Christian -- in name if not practice. Imagine my surprise when I was listening to my local rad...

Is it Time to Dethrone Desmond Tutu?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Desmond Tutu, retired Anglican Bishop from South Africa, a Nobel Laureate, a man of distinction, is a leader, someone who affects public opinion. As a...

As Prime Minister, I Supported Israel -- And I Still Do

Brian Mulroney | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Brian Mulroney

To this day, I cannot watch footage of the faces of Jewish mothers, fathers, and children consigned to the gas chambers in German concentration camps without, as a Canadian, feeling a great sense of sorrow, loss, and guilt. The government of Canada ignored not only the plight of the Jews, but also the protests of the Canadian people and the pleading of the press. Why was nothing done? Because of political expediency; because the prime minister had a visceral distrust of Jews, and in government circles an open-door policy was very unpopular. But prime ministers are not chosen to seek popularity. They are elected to provide leadership.

What Does Anti-Semitism Feel Like?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

April 7 is Holocaust Memorial Day. What better time than now to expose the face of anti-Semitism. It hasn't changed much over the millennia. It is...

Anti-Semites in the House (of Lords)

Conrad Black | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada
Conrad Black

Anti-Semites have a right to speak, but not to convey the impression that they are representative of a major democratic political party in one of the world's most distinguished countries. Britain must reassert its respect for human rights and the social underdog, and cease to placate these hate-mongers.

Hotbed of Hatred

Avi Benlolo | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada
Avi Benlolo

Rock throwing. Beatings. Bullets. Shouts of "F----ing kike." Ambushes. Theft. Threats. Tear gas attacks. This is not history. This is today. The French Jewish community expects and deserves a far greater degree of respect, as well as a strategic response to the blatant anti-Semitism they are experiencing.

Human Lives Are More Important Than Holy Books

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

The UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs indicated that of the 158 Palestinians killed in the November Israeli assault on Gaza, 103 were civilians. Israel's deputy defence minister indicated that Palestinians would bring upon themselves a bigger "shoah" -- holocaust. Unitarian Chaplain Reverend Audrey Brooks questioned how Israel could inflict the horror of the Holocaust on the Palestinians. Time and again, Jews and Muslims, notwithstanding the narrative of bigots in their respective faiths, have reached out to each other.

Sound Familiar? This Man Wants a List of Hungary's Jews

JD Halperin | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics
JD Halperin

Recently, Márton Gyöngyösi, the foreign policy critic of Hungary's ultra-far-right Jobbik party said publicly that he wants to catalogue Hungary's Jews in a database simply for being Jewish. Of course, he claims he was misquoted, but his backpedaling cleared up nothing. Disturbingly, the Hungarian government failed to immediately condemn this statement.

Radio Host: Jewish Population 'Annoying'

CBC | Posted 01.24.2013 | Canada Impact

The Jewish organization B'nai Brith Canada is demanding an apology from a Quebec talk show host who sympathized on the air with anti-Semitic statement...

Graffiti on the Wall: Ottawa's Racial Problem

Rachel Décoste | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Tuesday morning, three of Ottawa's four most read dailies had cover stories about the latest racist graffiti sighting in the city. The narrative seems to suggest that this insidious act has shaken a community which has rarely experiences such hatred. Perhaps short memories from those who are rarely on the receiving end of these not-so-isolated incidents need refreshing.

Anti-Semitic Posters Attack Winnipeg's Mayor

CBC | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Politics

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz says he is extremely saddened and disgusted to hear that anti-Semitic posters, attacking him, have appeared in the city's down...

Netanyahu Is "Canada's New Foreign Minister"? Baloney

Mike Fegelman | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

Tony Burman, current Ryerson University journalism professor claimed "the Harper government's outsourcing of Canada's Middle East policy to Jerusalem is now complete" in the Toronto Star. Without even a modicum of evidence to support his allegation, Burman used only conjecture and specious argumentation to smear Israel, instead of grounding his opinions in facts.

We're Queer. We're Muslim. Get Used to It.

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Junaid Jahangir

Many queer activists rise above their circumstances and assert their voice for justice that is not limited to LGBT issues. Belonging to a vulnerable minority, they understand prejudice and can empathize with "others." Queer Muslim activists, despite facing immense prejudice, continue their work quietly and with dignity. Their work ends up helping the very Muslim communities that so strongly shun them. They truly know the meaning of spiritual chivalry, to practice good without expecting the same in return.

"Punked" Egyptians Reveal Their Hatred of Jews

Mike Fegelman | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

On July 20, an Egyptian T.V. show prank where famous Egyptian actors believed they were being interviewed by a German T.V. station, turned into mayhem when they were told they were being interviewed on an Israeli network. This should serve as an ominous warning about the prevailing hateful sentiments Egyptian Arabs hold for Jews.

Ontario's Queen's Park Set to Welcome an Annual Hate Fest

Tarek Fatah | Posted 10.14.2012 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

Did you know there are Canadians among us who are inspired by a mass-murderer? On Aug. 18 they'll defile the lawns of the Ontario Legislature to rally to the call of Ayatollah Khomeini for the destruction of the State of Israel -- the observance of "Al-Quds Day."

Meet Press TV: Iran's Hateful Mouthpiece in Canada

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

We recently marked World Press Freedom Day. Iran not surprisingly has been described by Reporters Without Borders as the "world's biggest prison for journalists," listed by the Committee to Protect Journalist's as the fourth worst country when it comes to censorship.