Political Will Can Address Antisemitism
Chanukah is upon us, and it is definitely a time for celebration for the Jewish people!
First off, Jeremy Corbyn has been defeated in the UK, as Labour has suffered their worst defeat since 1935. Corbyn had become synonymous with antisemitism during his tenure as Labour party leader, jumping from one controversy to another, be it praising books which blame the Jews for society’s problems or calling Hamas his “friends” and saying they “fight for social and political justice”. Corbyn’s resignation is a great victory against antisemitism.
It is not only the defeat of our enemies this Chanukah, but the emergence of allies to the Jewish community that should bring some joy. Many people have recently heard about the Trump administration’s Executive Order to insure Title VI protections to Jews on university campuses, which is a great development. But right here in Ontario, a Bill to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism provincially has passed first reading.
This would be a great first step to combating antisemitism in Ontario, especially on university campuses. Studies have shown that the BDS movement is responsible for the majority of the recent rise in antisemitism on campus. Calling BDS what it is, antisemitism, is a very important step in combating the recent tidal wave of it.
We at CAEF encourage all of you to write Premier Ford and your MPPs, and encourage them to vote this Bill into law and help fight hatred and bigotry.
Chanukah Message from Boris Johnson
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom assures the Jews in the UK and around the world that he will fight antisemitism, and that Britain is a welcome home to the Jewish people.
CAEF Brought Together Jews & Hindus; Sounding the Alarm on Islamic Radicalization
Canadian Kashmiri Hindus & Jews convened at a seminar at the Toronto Zionist Center to learn about the growing Islamic radicalization in the world, and it’s knocking on our doors here in Canada.
The seminar, which took place on Sunday, December 8th 2019 was arranged by the Toronto Zionist Center and supported by Herut Canada, The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation (CAEF), Indo Canadian Kashmiri Forum (ICKF), Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD), Baloch Human Rights Council, TAG TV & ZEE TV.
The event was well attended by over 125 people from different walks of life across the GTA and was moderated by Swarna Bakshi Saini, an educator who taught management in her native country India. Swarna gave a brief overview about the growing threat of religious extremism in the last few decades which has spread its reach in the UK, France, Belgium and other European countries and now slowly is knocking on our doors in the world’s most peaceful place, Canada. She elucidated the fact that Islamic extremism on the Indian subcontinent is centuries old, and she herself became a victim when her family had to leave their ancestral home 30 years ago when Pakistan-backed Islamic terrorists inflicted terror on Hindus in India’s only Muslim Majority state of Jammu & Kashmir. She was 6 years old when her family had to leave their homes on a cold January 1990 night, never to return as the same was looted, vandalised brick by brick, fixture by fixture, and later burnt to ground.
The old kind or newish, it’s antisemitism versus anything Jewish.
By Julian Zuckerbrot