Stop Funding UNRWA, Stop Israel Apartheid Week, Build Jewish Identity - CAEF Bulletin Mar 01, 2021
The Imperative to Stop UNRWA’s Antisemitic Incitement
CAEF has become active in sharing information about the years’ long antisemitic, antiZionist incitement built into the UNRWA educational programs, across all grades in all its schools. We are urging the Canadian government, as a donor funder to withhold funds until UNRWA can provide solid evidence that all of its texts and teaching tools and the training of its teachers, ceases to demonize and urge the destruction of Israel.
It is a “shanda” (scandal) that Canada is sending taxpayer funds to an enemy of democracy, a terror-supporting, child abusing, fraudulent agency. Since there is much evidence of this behavior, we solicited the article below by David Bedein, Director of the Bedein Center for Near East Research to unveil the truth.
Bedein’s think tank has covered UNRWA’s educational programs since August 2000 for the foreign press and the diplomatic corps ever since the Palestinian Authority began to act as the exclusive source for the curriculum in UNRWA schools which operate in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
The UN does not finance UNRWA education, leaving that to UNRWA donor nations - led by Germany.
The Bedein Center has hired professional staff fluent in Arabic to analyze all 1,000 texts that the PA provided UNRWA since the year 2000. The agency does not limit its purview to the text books which the PA provides at the beginning of each school year. The Bedein Center films UNRWA schools, conducts studies of the terror takeover of UNRWA and studies UNRWA’s fiscal responsibility.
Read CAEF letter sent to all MPs on February 26th, calling on Canada to withhold funds and to act on its role as Chair of the Refugee Working Group to address the situation of so-called Palestinian Arab refugees who are neither millions of people as claimed by UNRWA nor actual refugees.
Purim greeting from our President, Anita Bromberg
Purim brings joy into our lives as we dress in costume, feast on hamataschen, and share mischloach manot with friends and family and as we assist the less fortunate among us and listen to the story of Purim as recorded in Megillah Esther. Considered a minor holiday, it has a deep important meaning for our times. In fact, Rabbis tell us that even in the “olam haba”, the world to come, when all other celebrations cease to exist, we are to continue to celebrate Purim.
Why? It is because beyond the celebrations, Purim teaches us that evil has always existed, that hatred of our people, antisemitism or Jew Hatred will continue to exist and must be confronted as Mordechai and Esther and the Jews of Shushan did.
Here is an interesting discussion about what Purim can teach us about the roots of Antisemitism and how to confront it.
This is our challenge today. To raise up our voices, to build Jewish Pride, to develop relations with allies, to educate.
CAEF has continued to reach out through webinars, research and policy advocacy in these difficult times. But to continue to do so we need your help through
- Donations of course. While volunteer driven we do have expenses and money does not grow on trees after all.
We also need
- Volunteer help in researching programming and for social media outreach
Please consider contributing. Let us keep those gragers /noisemakers going all year long as we vow to End Jew Hatred in all its forms.
Purim, a case study in Antisemitism, is a perfect time to help through your contributions. Donate Now.
Purim is a Time to Reflect on All of Jewish History—from Condemnation to Redemption
Melanie Phillips, posted this article on February 26th on her website.
Phillips presents clues to Jewish survival, noting that Antisemitism is ageless and ever again, and while we won’t eliminate it, we can fight it. Stand up as proud Jews, know our history, confront Jew haters, avoid being accepting and passive in the face of antisemitism regardless of its source, and recognize the imperative of Israel for Judaism, Jewish national identity and Jewish peoplehood.
We recognize Haman. But where are Mordechai and Esther?
The story of Purim illuminates the inescapable vulnerability to attack of diaspora Jews
Here are excerpts from Phillips’ essay:
“For the story of Purim tells us about the extreme perilousness of the Jews of the diaspora who are inescapably vulnerable to never-ending attack.
Currently, the western world is convulsing in a pandemic of brazen antisemitism, which draws upon imagery and tropes from early Christian theology, Nazi and Communist ideology and the modern variant of Jew-hatred, liberal universalist dogma that portrays Israel as a devil state.”
“Outraged calls to sack both Miller (UK virulently antisemitic professor) and Che (US comedian) have predictably prompted their supporters to criticise as hypocrites those who condemn “cancel culture” while calling for these individuals to be canceled.
Antisemitism, though, is unique. It doesn’t just provoke contempt, fear or hatred. It presents Jews as uniquely evil and powerful, a global conspiracy to promote their own interests at the expense of everyone else. And the correct response to evil is to eradicate it.
Antisemitism is therefore innately deranged, dangerous and even murderous, unlike prejudice against any other group, people or cause.
After the Holocaust it went underground in horror and shame, but in recent decades that social control has disappeared. This is largely because of the Marxist takeover of the left and its agenda of cultural revolution.
Antisemitism has thus been seeded throughout the west by Palestinianism, Islamism, black power and the left-wing “intersectionality” agenda, all making common cause with far-right antisemites who in numeric terms have been overwhelmingly eclipsed.
Moreover, it infuses western culture itself. Among countless numbers of people, their only knowledge of Jews is drawn from such hateful and stereotypical figures as Fagin or Shylock. Many of the west’s greatest literary, philosophical and artistic figures were profound antisemites.”
Jew Hate Week is Coming to a Campus Near You
Watch for it, March 14-21 across the globe, primarily on college and university campuses, this well-funded hate fest features notoriously antisemitic agitator Angela Davis, and a call for action claiming Israel is an oppressor apartheid state. The lies are plentiful, the rage unsettling, linking all anti-Black racism campaigns to a campaign for Palestinian liberation. Indeed Palestinian Arabs need liberation—from their oppressors: the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hezbollah, Fatah, and the UN Relief and Works Agency, to name a few of the many hateful rabid antisemitic movements and NGOs. The goal of the campaign, which advocates boycott, divestment and sanctions, is the total destruction of Israel. This is fact.
The old adage is true that we need take seriously the threats that people make; being passive and permissive is not solving the problem. It is not making us or our children and grandchildren safer. Check out this disgusting BDS movement’s plans for your nearby academic institution.
While many of the young, ignorant, and misguided adherents to this craziness don’t know or care about this fact, the sole purpose of the BDS movement begun by Arabs, and supported now by many who identify as “oppressed” in an upside down inversion of truth, is the annihilation of Israelis. At some point this radical, dangerous and very stupid “love-fest” with hatred has to come to an end.
Read Richard Kemp’s article: The Duped Generation that Supports BDS
The Israel Forever Foundation has called for standing up to Israel Apartheid Week, present an alternative: Israel Fights Apartheid Week
CAEF Supports Hasbara Fellowships Jewish Identity Contest
Building a strong Jewish identity in our children is a primary step in their development to stand up for Jewish civil rights and liberation, to having the character to stand up for Jews everywhere and for Israel. CAEF is proud to be one of many support organizations and we urge parents and grandparents to share this information with their students.
ANNOUNCING NEW MEDIA CONTEST FOR STUDENTS
Visit #MyJewishIdentity for submission guidelines.