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To protest or not to protest? How to deal with anti-Israel activity on campus.

Some advocacy groups urge students to counter misinformation at anti-Israel events, but not through direct confrontation. The non-confrontational approach prevails at campuses across the country.

“If there’s a strong Israeli Apartheid Week, make sure you have a strong Israel Week,”

Cara Stern, Staff Reporter,



Should students tackle anti-Israel activities on campus head-on – setting up counter-events or even urging universities to ban groups and events from taking place – or is it best to downplay them in the hope of minimizing their impact?

York University students drape Israeli flags to counter an anti-Israel rally in 2009.  - Photo source: The Canadian Jewish news

York University students drape Israeli flags to counter an anti-Israel rally in 2009. – Photo source: The Canadian Jewish News

That’s the central question for young pro-Israel advocates facing groups and individuals at their schools who are hostile to the Jewish state.

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Canada asks UNHRC to Fire Richard Falk after accusing Israel of having ‘genocidal’ intentions


United Nation’s Rapporteur, wrote an article that said Israel was “slouching toward nothing less than a Palestinian holocaust.”



Canada called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to dismiss its special investigator Richard Falk after he accused Israel of “genocidal” intentions against the Palestinians in a brief English language interview on Russian television.

UN investigator Richard Falk.

UN investigator Richard Falk.- Photo: Reuters

“Canada has previously called for Falk to be fired for his numerous outrageous and anti-Semitic statements and these comments underscore once more the complete and total absurdity of his service as a UN Special Rapporteur,” Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement he issued on Monday.

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Canadian gov’t panel calls to recognize Jewish refugees exiled from Muslim countries


Parliamentary committee says Canadian gov’t should encourage fairness with all refugee populations being considered in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, not just the Arabs.



CHICAGO – A Canadian parliamentary committee has called upon Ottawa to recognize the Jewish refugees of the Arab-Israeli conflict, eliciting praise from the country’s Jewish community.

Jewish refugees from Yemen cross desert - Photo Courtesy: Israeli National Photo Archive

Jewish refugees from Yemen cross desert – Photo: Courtesy Israeli National Photo Archive

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development began studying the issue of Jewish refugees from Arabs lands in May and heard testimony from several Jewish advocacy organizations. Continue Reading »

Toronto transit rejects ‘inaccurate’ anti-Israel promo ads for buses

‘The Toronto Transit Commission has not allowed itself to fall prey to the false anti-Israel propaganda campaign,’ B’nai Brith Canada said.



TORONTO — The Toronto Transit Commission rejected four anti-Israel advertisements for being “inaccurate and misleading.”

disapearing palistineBrad Ross, a spokesman for the transit commission, told JTA on Monday that the ads were turned down because they were “inaccurate and misleading.” The ads were intended to run on buses and subways, as well as the commission’s shelters.

Proposed by the Montreal-based Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, the ads were similar to the “Disappearing Palestine” ad that ran this summer in Vancouver’s transit system.

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Quebec to ban Jewish men wearing kippa in public



According to the new Charter of Quebec Values, skullcaps (kippa or yarmulke), religious jewelery,  & religious garments will be prohibited throughout public sector.

Canadian Jewish community outraged, where many compare initiative to Putin’s homophobic legislation.

By Tali Farkash

If you are a Jewish doctor in the Canadian health care system in Quebec, you may soon be forbidden to wear a skullcap. As part of the Charter of Quebec Values that is being developed these days in the Canadian province, employees of the public service will not be allowed to put on or wear religious symbols or garments.

Ban to apply to hospitals, government offices, schools and even toddler daycare centers (archives) - Photo: AP

Ban to apply to hospitals, government offices, schools and even toddler daycare centers (archives) – Photo: AP

These include wearing a Star of David or a cross, or putting on a yarmulke, burqa or Sihk turban – or any external religious garment or adornment, Canadian media reported. Continue Reading »

Iranian family buy Israeli passports to emigrate



7 family members detained in Vancouver after amusing faults in Israeli passports reveal they are actually Iranians carrying fake papers.

Itamar Eichner

An Iranian family, wishing to immigrate to Canada with no visas, bought stolen Israeli passports in the black market and added false information. The Canadian airport uncovered the fraud and quickly arrested the seven suspects.

Israeli Passport - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Israeli Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The family – either a couple or siblings, and five children – were arrested at the Vancouver International Airport. The Iranian family used the name “Solomons”, while pretending to be an Israeli family supposedly residing in Rehovot. Continue Reading »

Canada thwarts al-Qaida-inspired terror plot to bomb event on Canada Day

Canadian Police arrest two locals; say no connection of foreign link to planned terrorist attack.




SURREY, British Columbia – Canadian police said on Tuesday they foiled an al-Qaida-inspired plot to detonate three pressure-cooker bombs during Monday’s Canada Day holiday outside the parliament building in the Pacific coast city of Victoria, arresting a Canadian man and woman and seizing their home-made explosive devices.
Canadian flag at Parliament in Ottawa [file photo]

Canadian flag at Parliament in Ottawa [file photo] – Photo: REUTERS

Police said there was no evidence to suggest a foreign link to the planned attack, which targeted public celebrations outside the parliament building in Victoria, capital of the province of British Columbia.

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Debate in Canada Over Shalit’s Visit

B’nai Brith Canada suggests that Gilad Shalit’s invitation by JNF to speak, casts a message of weakness.

By Arutz Sheva North America


B’nai Brith Canada, using its newspaper the Jewish Tribune, has criticized the Jewish National Fund (JNF) for inviting former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit as a guest speaker to address audiences in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver this coming September.

Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in June of 2006 during a patrol just outside Gaza, was dragged back to Gaza and held captive for more than five years.

He was freed in late 2011 in exchange for over 1,000 terrorists imprisoned in Israel. Continue Reading »

Canada freezes trade with Iran over nuclear ambitions & human rights record

Canada first nation to completely disengage from Iranian imports and exports calling Iran the biggest threat to global security.




OTTAWA – Canada will freeze all remaining trade with Iran to protest Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and its human rights record, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Wednesday.
John Baird visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem - Photo by Sebastian Scheiner-AP

John Baird visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem – Photo: Sebastian Scheiner/AP

Canada, which has had increasingly poor relations with Iran for more than a decade, had already imposed a series of trade sanctions. In 2012, bilateral trade was worth around C$135 million ($130 million).

Baird said Canada was particularly concerned by the failure of the United Nations’ nuclear agency this month to persuade Iran to let it resume an investigation into suspected atomic bomb research.

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem honors Morgan Freeman


“Hebrew University and its Canadian Friends association pay tribute to your long-standing commitment to humanitarian relief the world over, your affirmation of the dignity and autonomy of every human being, and your commitment to advancing education” said the Hebrew University President.

By Ynetnews


Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman was honored this month with the Jake Eberts Key of Knowledge Award at a gala reception hosted by Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU).

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Morgan Freeman – Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The award celebrates Freeman’s dedication to combating racism and promoting knowledge and education worldwide. The gala was held at the Toronto Center for the Arts and was attended by more than 700 guests. Continue Reading »

Canadian P.M.: West needs to be more supportive of Israel

Canada’s Stephen Harper takes Western leaders to task for not sufficiently backing Israel, going on to caution the west against arming Syrian rebel groups.

By Israel Today Staff


Canada last week once again demonstrated its unequivocal support for and friendship with Israel when Prime Minister Stephen Harper took other Western leaders to task for not backing the Jewish state sufficiently enough.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Stephen Harper - Photo Sean Kilpatrick-THE CANADIAN PRESS

Benjamin Netanyahu and Stephen Harper – Photo: Sean Kilpatrick-THE CANADIAN PRESS


“There’s nothing more shortsighted in Western capitals in our time than the softening of support we’ve seen for Israel around the globe,” the Associated Press quoted Harper as saying during a visit to New York City last week. Continue Reading »

Canada finally deports 1968 Palestinian El Al hijacking murderer

Palestinian who killed Israeli man on El Al flight from Athens in 1968 & caught living under false identity in Canada, was deported to Lebanon after fighting in court for 25 years.


OTTAWA After a 25-year legal battle, Canada has finally deported a Palestinian convicted of an attack on an Israeli airliner in 1968, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said on Monday.

EL AL planes lie at rest at Ben-Gurion Airport earlier this week due to a strike

EL AL planes parked at Ben-Gurion Airport due to a strike – Photo: REUTERS

Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad, a former Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine commando, took part in the assault on an El Al jet in Athens that killed an Israeli man.

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Canadian newspaper: Burgas terrorists are related

The ‘National Post’ reports that the culprits of the Burgas terror bombing that killed 5 Israeli tourists & a local bus driver, are related & that one grew up in Vancouver.



Two of the three suspected Hezbollah operatives accused by Bulgaria’s government of killing five Israelis and a Bulgarian national have familial ties. The Canadian daily National Post reported on Tuesday that a Canadian, who is believed to have participated in the bombing of an Israeli tour bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, “is a relative of the unidentified terrorist who died while planting the explosives.”
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Widow of Canadian (UN) soldier killed by IDF says Harper’s gov’t protecting Israel

Hezbollah was using UN post as a ‘shield’

“This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity.”

December 26, 2012


The widow of a Canadian soldier killed by Israeli forces says the country’s Defense Department removed a report of his killing from its website in an effort to shield Israel.

Aftermath of IDF airstrike on UN patrol base Khiam, Lebanon, 2006 – Photo courtesy: Wikipedia commons

Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three other United Nations observers were killed in 2006 when Israel’s military shelled their outpost in southern Lebanon during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Hess-von Kruedener’s widow, Cynthia, says that the report was removed because of reluctance on the part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government to criticize Israel, the Ottawa Citizen reported. Continue Reading »

Students Vote to Endorse BDS at the University of Toronto

The Graduate Student Union at the University of Toronto votes overwhelmingly to accept the BDS campaign against Israel.

By Elad Benari, Canada


The Graduate Student Union (GSU) at the University of Toronto has decided to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.


Canada- file photo

A statement by a group calling itself “Students against Israeli Apartheid, University of Toronto” said that the GSU overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution to endorse the global campaign for BDS at their annual general meeting on December 10.

Over 150 graduate students were present at the meeting, of which approximately 97 percent voted in favor of the motion, with only a few students opposed, said the group’s statement. Continue Reading »