CAEF Weekly Bulletin - April 12, 2019

ISRAELI ELECTIONS - A VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY


The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation congratulates the newly elected government of Israel, and Israelis of all faiths, ethnicities and political perspectives, on their adherence to the rule of law, attention to democracy and love of freedom. Mazel Tov!


Best Wishes for Israel's Peace and Prosperity.


Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, elected for a 5th term
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, elected for a 5th term

There are many challenging issues affecting Israel today, not the least of which is Anti-Zionism that is implicated in attacks against Jews worldwide. CAEF stands with Israel and will continue to challenge the three-headed monster that is attacking its very existence—the extreme left, extreme right and radical Islam, which threaten us all, Jew and non-Jew.  Anti-Zionism IS Antisemitism.



RECENT LOCAL EVENTS


JEWISH LEGAL AND INDIGENOUS RIGHTS TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL, AN EVENING WITH PROFESSOR SALLY ZERKER


L-R: Perry Davis, Goldi Steiner, Sally Zerker, Irving Weisdorf, Doris Epstein
L-R: Perry Davis, Goldi Steiner, Sally Zerker, Irving Weisdorf, Doris Epstein

The fact that Jews are indigenous to the land of Israel, is usually ignored or downright denied, Professor Sally Zerker, a professor emeritus at York University stated. Dr. Zerker began teaching in 1968 and was Director of Canadian Studies for a decade in the 1980s. Dr. Zerker, who has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Toronto with special interests in the Canadian economy and the international oil industry, is a founding member of Canadian Professors for Peace in the Middle East, and has been a member for over 30 years of the think-tank Canadian Institute for Jewish Research.


Professor Zerker has published two books, and many scholarly articles for newspapers in Canada and abroad and is a leading expert in Middle East affairs. She told the audience at her recent lecture titled, Jewish Legal and Indigenous Rights to the Land of Israel that she prefers to use the word "aboriginal" rights, based on an essay by Allen Z. Hertz, a former professor of history and law, and former senior adviser in the Privy Council Office on aboriginal issues.


Jews have been in continuous habitation in Israel from time immemorial and oppressed under a series of foreign occupations, including the British Mandate.


Moreover, the "occupation", a concoction of Arab propaganda, is an out and out lie she claims, intended to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish State.   Legally, the Jews are owners of the Land, under international law which is valid to this day.   These acquired rights of the Jewish people are enshrined in the UN Charter and remain valid regardless of the passage of time.


"You cannot be an occupier in your own country", she told the audience at Beth Emeth Beit Yehudah Synagogue.  "Out of 195 countries, only one country's legitimacy is challenged – Israel’s."


The lecture on February 28th, was organized by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research which honoured Professor Zerker at its annual gala in October 2018.



BELMAN PROPOSES ANOTHER OPTION



Speaking in Toronto on April 8th,  Ted Belman spoke avidly of the steps required to change the demographic and geographic realities of Israel in the near and long term future. Referring to the Jordan Option, Belman who is publisher/blogger at Israpundit.org outlined a plan that recognizes Jordan IS Palestine, or the natural home of majority Arab Palestinians.


In partnership with Mudar Zahran, a Jordanian-born Arab who is Secretary General of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition, Belman proposes the abdication of King Abdullah of Jordan.  Zahran is living under protection in the UK, as King Abdullah has declared he is guilty of sedition in calling for the demise of the ruler’s reign. Mudar claims his family, which still lives in Jordan, is at serious risk of “arrest and execution” resulting from his work, and that security forces want him to abandon his campaign to overthrow the king.


Writing in Arutz Sheva in September 2018, Belman states:  the Jordan Option is “the Ultimate Alternate Solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict and differs from all other solutions that have been put forward in that it calls for King Abdullah of Jordan to be convinced to abdicate and for Mudar Zahran to be installed as President of Jordan.”


For Mudar’s pronouncement, the king had Zahran tried in absentia by the military State Security Court fo