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CAEF Special Message about Terrorism and Pesach

Israel is experiencing a lethal terror wave that has struck across the country, most recently in the country’s center on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street. These attacks are being driven by blind, vicious hatred, promoted by the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, as well as several other terrorist entities. Terrorists randomly target innocent citizens and murder them in cold blood, whether young, old, Jew or non-Jew, men and women just living their lives.

Our hearts and minds are with our brothers and sisters in Israel. In the past two weeks, 14 Israelis have been murdered in four Islamist terror attacks across the country, and many others have been badly wounded. This is outrageous, immoral, and unconscionable, and must be stopped.

The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation sends condolences to the families of the victims, and extends prayers to the injured, wishing them rufuah shalem, a speedy and full recovery.

The entire Jewish community needs to stand together, to make a commitment to transform grief into action, and support Israel now, and forever.

The horrors unfolding in Ukraine, show us more tragedy, evil, hate-mongering, and unrepentant inhuman greedy power deployed against innocents. We pray for a speedy end to this nightmare. We pray that Russian’s leaders are stopped and punished. We pray that the Jews of Ukraine are saved and redeemed, and we thank God that they, and we, have a place to go to in such circumstances.

The Pesach story is to be told year after year. We must remember our bondage in Egypt, our years in the desert, our redemption, and return to the forever land of our ancestors. Freedom is to be remembered and celebrated; slavery and bondage of all kinds is to be remembered and reviled, and always overcome. It is our duty as Jews to remember, and while we each year acknowledge and pray for others who are still not free, either physically, emotionally, or spiritually, we must first see ourselves as free and our people as free, and fight the oppression of Jews, the castigation of Israel for simply existing, the harassment of Jews on campus, and the myriad ways in which the media and academia, faith groups, and political movements are now poisoning the atmosphere with antiZionist Jew hatred.

Thankfully our lives are not in mortal danger as in Ukraine, nor are we potential targets for Islamist terrorists, but we must never forget our vulnerability in a society that marginalizes Jews, ignores antisemitic slander, tolerates hate crimes without consequences, and allows AntiZionism to replace truth.


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