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CAEF Takes Issue with Anti-Government Rhetoric from JSpace

After reading the fundraising solicitations for a few leftist Jewish organizations that are focused on condemning the duly elected government of Israel, CAEF ponders just how these causes and crusades by leftists help the safety and security of Israel?


How do such organizations defend Israel’s right to exist, and the rights of the Jews to reconstitute the Jewish homeland in ancient Israel, when they are rivalling one another for the position of greatest critic of a legitimate government in the land of the Jews since the days of the Hellenists? How do these “progressive” Jewish organizations hold their heads high when they themselves invoke antisemitic and tired stereotypes of orthodox Jews? How dare JSpace recommend that the Canadian government not meet with newly elected MKs and 330 Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative rabbis publish a letter claiming these few right wing MK’s will not be welcome in their synagogues. Their vitriol against religious Zionists elected to the Knesset and appointed to Ministerial positions is evidence that there is no Klal Yisroel.


CAEF submitted the response below to a Blog in the Times of Israel by two JSpace board members. It will be a very sad day if the anti-democracy left, wins people over to its vicious attack on Israel’s government. More people need wake up to the fact that Israel is a democracy that is not threatened by Jews who love Torah and Zionism. Israel survived a government that had anti-Zionist, anti-LGBTQ, terror-supporting Arab members. This was said to be evidence of a thriving democracy. Surely then, this democracy will do fine with religious Jews?


Response submitted to The Blogs, The Times of Israel, December 29, 2022

In their Blog on December 28th, 2022, Canadians Joe Roberts and Michael Morgenthau condemned the new, democratically elected Israeli government and claimed to have done so on behalf of Canadian Jews. Clearly Roberts and Morgenthau don’t speak for the Canadian Jewish community, only for the small band of politically driven “progressive”, woke, leftists whose vicious bias against anything pro-Israel or “conservative” evokes catastrophic responses, tears of grief, a bottomless well of angst, and tireless vitriol about casualties to democracy. The only casualty is from today’s Left itself, that somehow cannot accept that intelligent, happy, educated Israelis are fed up with leftist failures and eager to democratically embrace solutions that provide security and stability, punishment for convicted terrorists, hope for the future with a vibrant free market economy, an end to the lie of “occupation,” and the quelling of Islamist antics within the government itself. There is NO threat to democracy in Israel simply because the majority favour a strong right of center government and do not disparage our own traditionally observant Jews. Freedom of religion should be sacrosanct but it seems the progressives want it in theory, but not in practice.


The statement that is most appalling from Roberts and Morgenthau is this: “...Netanyahu’s new government cobbles together a Who’s Who of Israel’s most prominent homophobes, settlers and racists.” Really, how perverse, that a non-Israeli chooses to defame a coalition which shares Jewish and democratic values, when the previous government included Islamists who do not even recognize the state of Israel’s right to exist, religious Islamists who of course do not support rights for Gays and Lesbians and have been known to execute them, and members of leftist movements that support illegal Arab colonial settlements funded by foreign governments for the sole purpose of discrediting Israel and undermining the Jewish people’s sovereign rights to their land, and even rights specified in the Oslo Accords. Those Accords have never been adhered to by one of the signing parties, the Palestinian Authority.


Where is the JSpace outrage when terrorists murder innocent Israelis, prompted by incitement from President Mahmoud Abbas, and where are they and other leftist critics when jailed murderers gain a lifetime salary for murdering a Jewish child? And where is JSpace when Abbas and his colleagues deny that not many died in the Holocaust, and utterly reject and forbid the teaching of the Holocaust to Arab children, and have maps in PA schools that eliminate any reference to the State of Israel. Are all of these “Progressive Zionists” speaking out when Jews are knifed, shot, rammed by cars, killed by stones to the head or just spit upon and threatened? Is the only crime they see, that of Jews defending themselves, demanding their rights, standing strong against a criminal force that promotes the fallacious claim of being “resisters?” Resisting what? The knowledge that the democratic State of Israel exists?


The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation (“CAEF”) strives to counter the hateful lies promoted by JSpace and their ilk about Israel and misinformation about the history and the inalienable rights of the Jewish people, which provide rich fertilizer for antisemitism in Canada and beyond. It is very sad that CAEF has to write this response about JSpace, but when a group publishes inaccurate screeds that foment antisemitism, then it is necessary to confront it. No doubt, CAEF’s response will paint a target on its back from those progressive organizations and the media which cannot wait to pen another anti-Israel missive that encourages antisemitism, but CAEF would not be fulfilling its mission if it did not oppose misrepresentation of Canadian Jewry.


The authors quote Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and twist his words. They accuse Fogel of “gaslighting” but it is the opposite. Taking a wait and see approach to the new government is common sense. Calling for fire trucks when there is no fire, in anticipation that there will be one, is ludicrous. Roberts and Morgenthau seem to want to light the match. They cannot claim an attack on Canadian values and then not name them, and it is truly antisemitic to urge that Canadian government officials not meet with Israel’s newly elected Members of the Knesset. This is exactly what the Jew haters want. JSpace is well suited as it creates a space for antisemitism to flourish in Canada by engaging with such euphemistically named groups as Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Independent Jewish Voices and other supposedly pro-Palestinians claiming their irredentist natures are social justice characteristics. These groups and others call Israel by outrageous terms and spread lies, such as calling Israel an apartheid state, an occupier and a colonial enterprise. Add to that, the Jewish progressives’ outlandish statement that “this government is dangerous,” and then ask, with friends like this, who needs enemies? The Hellenists are in the house, and the Maccabees are defending the fort.


Andria Spindel, Executive Director, CAEF and Michael Baigel, Board Member, CAEF


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And then there is the EU, which funds anti-Israel illegal Arab settlement building, has a secret, recently revealed plan to negate Israel’s legal and historic rights and denigrates the actions of a legal state in providing security for its own land and people. The EU has been demonstrably antisemitic, comprised of many countries with historic levels of antisemtism.


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