Advocacy at the Local Level | CAEF Bulletin December 6, 2021

Double Think/Double Speak at the Toronto District School Board

When truth is stated as a lie and a lie as truth, when up is down and down is up, when denouncing Israel and praising terrorists is normal, we have a serious societal problem. We are experiencing just this now. The TDSB received an anonymous complaint against Trustee Alexandra Lulka and proceeded with a supposedly impartial, independent investigation. The complaint arose in regards to a public Tweet in which Lulka stated that she would like to see a full investigation into how antisemitic materials, circulated by a Diversity and Equity Officer were sent to an e-mail list of educators. The material was not all antisemitic but a goodly part of it included links to designated terrorist organizations and deemed Israel as an aggressor and colonial occupier.

CAEF has joined with other small Jewish organizations called the Working Group to End Jew Hatred, to address some of the most egregious antisemitic acts very recently, such as the CUPE resolution to boycott Israel, a BDS resolution at the U of T Scarborough Student Union and now the TDSB’s internal investigative report that comcluded the board should censure Trustee Lulka.

Please read the attached public statement issued December 6th in regards to the TDSB situation which will be discussed at their meeting on December 8th.

Read the letter that CAEF sent to all Trustees and feel free to share, post or write your own letter.

A Meaningful Victory

The Working Group Against Jew Hatred was among the many organizations that published statements, lobbied behind the scenes and advocated to members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to vote against a strong BDS resolution at its recent convention. Success is sweet but the war is never over. We must all remain vigilant as the Anti-Zionists always plan to re-emerge and fight another day. We cannot abandon the field to the Jew haters.

Read article from the Jerusalem Post on the Union Vote against BDS.

This Headline Makes One Think—“Do Jews have a future in England”

The Jewish National Fund, UK Chairman, Samuel Hayek, explains why antisemitism and lack of leadership could drive Britain’s Jewish community to Israel. This article by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman appeared in The Jerusalem Post, December2, 2021

Here is an excerpt:

“No doubt, antisemitism would have accelerated dramatically in England if Corbyn would have been prime minister. But antisemitism has been constantly rising anyway and is only expected to grow. One of the reasons is shifting demographics. The population of individuals who are anti-Jewish and anti-Israel, most significantly Muslim immigrants to the UK, is increasing and their influence on the government is too.

The Muslim population in England has been growing consistently. An article published in the Telegraph in 2017 stated that the Muslim population could triple in the two decades and is likely to number around 13 million by 2050. There are only an estimated 290,000 to 370,000 Jews in England, according to the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

“I am not against any minority or against the Muslims in the UK or Europe, but against anyone who spreads hatred that harms Jews,” Hayek said. “That is how I see the near future evolving.

“Anyone who tells us that Corbyn is not the prime minister and therefore antisemitism is gone, they don’t know what they are talking about,” he said. “It did not go away, it is growing. And it will not stop growing.”

THE STATISTICS backup Hayek. A report publi