Our Readers Contribute, Defending Zion - CAEF Bulletin October 16, 2020

An Address to Jewish Millennials

Several months ago I had the pleasure of reading an article in an AISH e-bulletin by a young man who put a positive spin on a message intended to vilify Jews, the hashtag #Jewishprivilege was intended to be a rallying cry like #whiteprivilege to separate people, deny their humanity and blame them for something, just about anything. Noah Goldman showed us how to both accentuate the positive, like #Jewishprivilege I have Shabbat, or to counter the image with the not so rewarding reality, like #Jewishprivilege I lost my grandparents in the Holocaust. The examples are mine, but the concept alerted me to an intelligent person who was thinking about turning things around. So, I asked Noah to write an article for the CAEF Bulletin and to tell us what he thinks important.

CAEF and our supporters are fighting AntiZionism which is just the newest form of antisemitism. So, what should we be saying to young people about Zionism?

Please read all of Noah’s thoughtful article here.

My Zionism for Today

By Noah Goldman

Right next to my bed lies a very special book that both inspires and challenges my passions on the Jewish State. That book is The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the New Jewish Homeland – Then, Now, Tomorrow by Gil Troy with a marvelous foreword written by the dynamic Natan Sharansky. Zionist Ideas is a two century long conversation on what Jewish sovereignty should be. I encourage every engaged Jewish Zionist to get a copy of this book and consider adding to this continuing conversation.

Zionism today faces many obstacles. As it so happens, the Jewish people are never without immense challenges. My grandfather grew up in perhaps one of the most, if not the most unfortunate generations of Jewish history. He grew up in Offenburg, Germany and in the year of his bar mitzvah was forced to flee with his family – in 1938. They made their way to the small country of Liechtenstein, essentially hiding under Hitler’s nose. He recalled to me the bombs he would hear with a great fear of the unknown, especially if there would even be a following day. Thankfully, he and his family survived the war. Tragically, those who stayed behind or fled to France perished. Today, I am part of what might be considered one of the most fortunate generations of Jewish history. There is a strong Jewish state that serves as a haven for a long-oppressed people. Anti-Jewish hatred was thought to have remained on the fringes of society, unwelcomed by the mainstream.

Every generation in Jewish history has faced challenges and this generation is no exception. Israel, imperfect as it may be, is targeted by delegitimization tactics by those who used to be on the fringes. Anti-Jewish hatred is on the rise and becoming more accepted within the mainstream of many societies. In addition to that, the Jewish community is very divided along a multitude of hard lines. These are the great challenges of our generation and we must devote great strength to solving these challenges. Perhaps the first move we should make is in addressing our challenges by working to improve our dialogue. Let us talk about and define our Zionism.

Read more here.

Analysis of a Propagandistic Research Survey

Dogan Akman has much to contribute to our search for truth and our condemnation of lies and liars. He patiently uncovers the faulty methodology and conclusions in the survey conducted this past summer by EKOS Canada, funded by 3 organizations, 2 of which are well known supporters of BDS, frequently vilify Israel, deny her legal status, and unabashedly ignore both the attacks on Israel from her Arab neighbours and the lack of human rights accorded to Arab citizens by Arab governments.

We should not be surprised by the report’s summation. No questions in the survey, a project intended to bring policy recommendations to the Federal government about its relations with Israel, ask respondents about the listed terror organization Hamas, nor the Palestinian Authority which celebrates terrorists and pays them well for killing Jews, and jails its own citizens for supporting Israel or selling land to a Jew.

In considering research-driven policy one is generally expected to start with a review of the literature, with verifiable facts and a set of coherent variables in selecting respondents, but this study, as described by Akman, ignores much about good social science, rational policy making, as well as history and diplomacy. More importantly there is no real consideration of the human rights of an oppressed people, about which the sponsoring organizations are so concerned, for they ignore entirely the perpetrators of violence—the Palestinian Arabs are victims of their own corrupt leaders. Read the full analysis here.

CAEF extends sincerest thanks to Lloyd Duckman, a very proud Zionist, for his years of service on the Board of Directors. Lloyd has served as Treasurer, and is a member of the Steering Committee; he never missed a meeting.

CAEF is pleased to advise that thanks to Goldi Steiner, Co-Chair CILR, United with Israel published the rebuttal letter by Dr. David Nussbaum in response to the McGill Daily’s biased anti-Israel Commentary article.

Read the article here

The Green Party Bashing Israel-Has it Lost its Environmental Imperative?

In the last issue of CAEF Bulletin, I shared a letter to Ms. Elizabeth May who as outgoing Leader of the Green Party of Canada, threw a few stones at Israel on her way out the door. On October 6th, a newer Member of Parliament from the Green Party, added a few of his own, so one has to ask, what are the priorities of a party that promotes itself as about the environment, clean energy, renewable and sustainable everything and strong employment, innovative technology and human rights? Which of those concepts is served by bashing Israel, especially a country that has the best record in the world for innovation, sustainable energy production, renewable/reusable product design and development, and the best human rights record in all of North Africa and the Middle East?

It was brought to our attention by our supporter, Sydell Waxman that on October 6th, Paul Manly introduced petition e-2565 in the House and made remarks that she then challenged in a letter she shared with CAEF. With Ms. Waxman’s approval, we sent the response to all elected members of parliament and share it here:

To: All Members of Canadian Parliament