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 more here

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 a