Something for Everyone--CAEF Bulletin Dec 4, 2020

CAEF is celebrating our own cherished, and much loved founding President, Shirley Anne Haber, one of Six Torontonians to be honoured as Volunteer of the Year: watch the virtual presentation now on Facebook. Learn more about her selfless dedication to challenging hatred and antisemitism over two decades.

Watch the full interview with Shirley Anne

CAEF Chanukah Zoomathon and Art Sale, December 8th is about having fun, enjoying a musical and comedy variety show, purchasing unique art and supporting our mission to support Israel and fight Jew hatred.

Clarion Project in partnership with CAEF and other NGOs, presents on December 9th, a truly unique story of John Daly, a Jewish former Nazi who went from being a hater to being hated, and lived to tell the tale.

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In case you missed it, learn how one man’s research contributed to our current understanding of Israel’s legal rights. Dr. Jacques Gauthier received the inaugural CAEF Advocate Award of Excellence on November 25th, watch full program.

Watch:Commemorating San Remo, Honouring Jacques Gauthier

CAEF is pleased to share this event as a proud member of Combat Antisemitism.

The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement in partnership with The Tel Aviv Institute will host an empowering event entitled, Dismantling Anti-Semitism: Jews Talk Justice.

December 16th at 4:00 PM EST

Recently, a coalition of progressive groups announced that they will be hosting a panel entitled, “Dismantling anti-Semitism, Winning Justice,” headlined by individuals who have themselves perpetuated anti-Semitism including Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Marc Lamont Hill. These speakers themselves promote antisemitism!

This diverse panel of activists will address the right of Jews to define oppression against them; they do not distinguish between combating all forms of anti-Semitism and fighting for other minority rights.

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Complex, Yet Critical: Where does the Jewish Community’s Relationship with the Trudeau Government Stand?

By Zachary Zarnett-Klein

The multicultural mosaic of Canadian society is a critical pillar, one that makes our country unique. It adds to the vibrancy and richness of the fabric of our great nation. However, it also results in ongoing complexity as communities navigate their relationship with each other and with the federal government.

It’s first important to recognize that the Jewish community, like other ethnocultural groups in Canada, is not monolithic. To assume so would be to take a reductionist perspective. The pursuit of unity of purpose, despite disparity of opinion, is a lofty yet laudable objective.

On Nov. 25, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed human rights advocate and former Justice Minister Irwin Cotler to the newly-created post of Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism.

Based on Cotler’s impressive body of work in law, academia, and politics, he’s an excellent, unifying choice. I want to fully acknowledge the importance of this announcement. While we wait to learn details of his mandate, we should watch his work closely and contribute when possible.

However, I cannot help but be troubled by this announcement’s timing, as it comes on the heels of Canada’s jarring vote at the United Nations on an Israel-related resolution.

Each year, the UN General Assembly considers the same basket of 20 or so motions on the “Question of Palestine,” but which serve to single out Israel, apply an unfair double-standard in assessing its policies, or worse.

One such resolution, which Canada approved, affirms Palestinian self-determination, but without reference to the same rights for Israel, and defies Jewish connections to what it classifies as “east Jerusalem”, including the Western Wall.

The vote marked the second consecutive year that Canada opposed Israel on this key resolution, while supporting Israel on most others.

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Lest We Forget - November 30th is the Day of Remembrance of Jewish Expulsion of Jews from their Centuries Long Home in Arab Countries.

Many organizations held informative programs to commemorate the dreadful, unjust expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews, accompanied in some countries by harassment, terrorism, murder, confiscation of property, stripping of citizenship, and a complete ethnic cleansing. This Day of Remembrance of Jewish Refugees, as adopted by