Canada Anti Semitism

Canadian Muslims Must Confront The Hateful Speakers In Our Midst

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The problems highlighted by CIJ News forces Muslims to confront hateful Muslim speakers in the age of increasing Islamophobia. The coming together of Muslims and Jews in the wake of Islamophobic and anti-Semitic events allows us a golden opportunity to isolate hateful speakers and render horrid texts obsolete.

Is Ezra Levant's Rebel Media Letting In The Wrong Kind Of Rebels?

Warren Kinsella | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada
Warren Kinsella

Ezra is not an anti-Semite. So what, then, is he doing keeping the likes of Gavin McInnes on the payroll? What is the truth about alt-Right heroine Lauren Southern and her speedy departure? Is Rebel Media so free-speechy that it will now give an uncritical platform to Holocaust denier rhetoric?

Hate Has Consequences. Like Bomb Threats To A Jewish Elementary School

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Yes, right here in Not-America. The bomb threat called into the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in Toronto, which also houses a daycare and a school, is part of a wave of anti-Semitism that has rocked North America in recent weeks.

Swastikas, 'Hate Graffiti' Found In Ontario University Classroom

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada

York University said an anti-Semitic statement was found in a classroom.

Hundreds Of Gravestones Smashed At Jewish Cemetery In U.S.

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada

"There's plenty of people who are scared."

Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitism In A Modern Disguise

Thomas Woodley | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Thomas Woodley

The jury is in. According to a new survey, the vast majority of Canadians do not consider criticism of the government of Israel to be necessarily "anti-Semitic." This finding contradicts those who have been warning of a "new anti-Semitism" in Canada, where criticism of Israel is a veiled form of this despicable historic ideology.

We Must Protest Against Injustice Wherever It Appears

Irwin Cotler | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

The White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention Jews or anti-Semitism. As Holocaust historian Professor Deborah Lipstadt put it, "what we saw from the White House was classic softcore denial. The Holocaust was de-Judaized."

Let's Meet Donald Trump's Presidential Team

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I think Americans have a lot to be concerned about unless, among other things, they don't care about their freedom to choose and their basic human rights. Have you been paying attention to Donald Trump's nominees? Do you know what they believe in and stand for? I have been keeping up with his picks and their platforms. And let me tell you, unless I was an affluent, white, heterosexual, conservative Christian man, I'd be more than a little nervous.

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 03.10.2017 | 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 01.28.2017 | 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 01.13.2017 | 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.