CAEF Weekly Bulletin - May 17, 2019



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Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmahut, May 9 2019, Toronto

Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation (CAEF) representatives were proud to be invited to the celebration of Israel’s 71st anniversary, hosted by Israel’s Consul General, Galit Baram.

Left to right, Andria Spindel, CAEF; Goldi Steiner CILR; Galit Baram, Israel Consul General; Irving Weisdorf, CAEF & CILR
Left to right, Andria Spindel, CAEF; Goldi Steiner CILR; Galit Baram, Israel Consul General; Irving Weisdorf, CAEF & CILR

Islamophobia – the 21st century weapon to silence our freedom of speech - by Adam Milstein

The writer is an Israeli-American active philanthropist. He can be reached at, on Twitter @AdamMilstein  and on Facebook.

On March 5, the US House of Representatives was set to vote on a resolution condemning antisemitism in the wake of freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s latest hateful comments on Jews and Israel. Unfortunately, that resolution never made it to the House floor for a vote. Instead, on March 7, a revised resolution was passed 407-23, denouncing both antisemitism and Islamophobia “as hateful expressions of intolerance.”

Around the same time, a resolution was introduced on the floor of the United Nations in response to recent attacks on minority groups, like the horrific murder of 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the slaughter of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Until Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon spoke out and rallied allies, the resolution only condemned Islamophobia, completely excluding antisemitism.

The events illustrate how antisemitism and Islamophobia are often framed in our discourse: as equivalent phenomena and equal dangers. This framing is both incorrect and problematic.

Let me be clear.

Bigotry, prejudice and violence must be called out and combated forcefully – whether it is directed at Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or anyone else. Those who traffic in this hatred must be marginalized and, when possible, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

That said, by definition, antisemitism and Islamophobia refer to two very different phenomena – and should not be lumped together as one and the same.

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Everyone Knows... but Everyone’s Wrong - by Victor Rosenthal

Victor Rosenthal, who publishes a blog under the name Abu Yehuda, explains succinctly how to understand various concepts and to defend Israel with