We Mourn the Loss
Sadly, we join in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Israel in mourning the tragic loss of 45 prayerful individuals who went to Mt Meron to celebrate, and died in the unfathomable crush of thousands upon thousands of pilgrims during the Lag BaOmar Festival, on April 30th, 2021
We Celebrated InterFaith Relations and Liberation in Same Day
CAEF was a co-sponsor of two significant virtual events this past week, both of which contribute to the understanding of history which is essential in forging human relationships in a complex world, and defining a future free of hatred and prejudice. Both events aim to improve life as we know it. We recommend viewing recordings when they become available.
On May 4th, Our Whole Society presented the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, which included these speakers.
Liberation 75 May 4-9, 2021 which was originally scheduled for 2020 has an amazing amalgam of presentations, panels, exhibits and films with worldwide participation as the Jewish world commemorates the end of the Holocaust and freedom. The presentations are not without sadness, remembering, and memorializing, but also include blessings and celebrations of the resiliencey of suvivors and their descendants. Topics include the personal and the academic, the political and the mundane. It continues today and until Sunday.
CAEF is proud to be among the over 250 national, international and local sponsors.
Programs are all recorded. Please check them out at here.
Solidarity Ensures Canada Boycotts Durban IV
CAEF along with major national Jewish organizations submitted a clear statement to the government of Canada that it must boycott the planned UN Conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the infamous Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and we are very pleased to share the news that on May 6th the government announced:
"Canada is concerned that the Durban Process has and continues to be used to push for anti-Israel sentiment and as a forum for antisemitism. That is why we do not plan to attend or participate in events surrounding the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action."
We thank the government for its ethical stance.
Interestingly CBC reported that Canada’s decision is due “the event's legacy of criticizing Israel.” Why is the CBC reluctant to name the “legacy” what it is, namely antisemitism— or in plain language--Jew hatred? The Durban Declaration is a blatant example of the demonization of Israel and fulfills the tenets of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism as adopted by Canada and dozens of other countries. CBC ought to tell the whole story and not distort it by suggesting euphemistically that the Durban Declaration merely criticizes Israel. CBC is soft pedaling the damning lies in the Durban Declaration.
Remembering Sarah Halimi, Challenging the Haters
CAEF participated actively in organizing the rally in memory of Dr. Sarah Halimi who was murdered in France in 2017 and whose murderer we now know will not be brought to justice in France. This not acceptable. The only light in this dark event is that a global movement for Justice for Sarah, and global cries for the prevention of antisemitism have been fired up. Read more
Watch CAEF webinar featuring Philippe Karsenty and Brooke Goldstein with Yonathan and Esther Halimi, Challenging the Media, Politicians and Academia to End Jew Hatred.
SIGN THE PETITION:
We Demand Justice for Sarah Halimi –
A Grandmother Stabbed to Death Because She Was Jewish
Sarah Halimi's murderer must be held accountable for his heinous actions. French citizens, especially Jews, are not safe if religiously-motivated murder goes unpunished. Her killer, Kobili Traoré, must be brought to justice.
Demand French authorities rectify this judicial travesty. Sign the petition to France's Minister of Justice demanding French authorities prosecute Traoré for his barbaric murder.
Show the French authorities that millions are willing to fight for justice.
New Resource for Understanding Antisemitism
In a 33 page illustrated document, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) has published a comprehensive glossary of terms that define hate, that show how Jews have been depicted, that explain all the historical and current tropes applied to Jews and Israel. Entitled Translate Hate, Stopping Antisemitism Starts with Understanding It. Schools should use it, along with other material, going beyond Holocaust Education to show how ignorance, inhuman portrayal and denigration of the other, and colloquial tropes can cause huge harm. The Introduction says it all so here it is in full: