According to Wikipedia, “Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is an English adjective meaning 'alert to racial prejudice and discrimination' that originated in African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). ... In turn, some commentators came to consider it an offensive term with negative associations to those who promote political ideas involving identity and race.”
To many the woke culture has become exactly what it derides; it’s bullying, harassment, canceling people and ideas that are not consistent with the premise that everything is race based. Conservative or centrist voices have been muffled, even intimidated and eliminated. CAEF views “woke” as a negative, divisive view of society, and one that is increasingly antithetical to diversity and inclusion and generally contributing to antisemitism.
Antisemitism at the University of Toronto
The report issued by the Working Group on Antisemitism in December 2021 was met with acceptance and acclaim by some, and the U of T President, Professor Meric Gerter, was quick to say all recommendations would be adopted. Is this enough? Some of us think not.
Read the article published in the Toronto Sun on February 7th, 2022 by Dr. Stuart Kamenetsky, Professor of Psychology at U of T and Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada on what must be done.
Read this analysis and recommendation from CAEF, which was sent to every member of the Governing Council ofthe University of Toronto on February 14, 2022. Excerpt from the CAEF article:
Judea Pearl, whose son Daniel, was murdered in 2002 in Pakistan by Islamist extremists, has never quit campaigning for human rights and dignity for all in his role as activist in the fight against antisemitism and anti-Zionism. In reviewing recent antisemitic incidents at his own university, USC, he said the following which could equally apply to the University of Toronto:
“University administrators unwilling to publicly name a problem are not in a position to solve it".
Corollary 1: Working with Jewish organizations behind the scene, forming "task forces" or "working groups" and erecting "anti-hate" cathedrals are but cover-ups for inaction.
Corollary-2: EDI (Equity Diversity and Inclusion) offices lacking Jewish-Zionist representation operate contrary to the principle of "Diversity & Inclusion" and are totally useless until reformed.”
The Canadian Medical Association has issued a statement, Time to recognize and address antisemitism in medicine and beyond, not directly aimed at U of T but calling on all schools of medicine to address antisemitism. Signed by Dr. Katharine Smart, CMA President, this is a crucial piece in the battle to change the culture of education in all disciplines, at all levels.
What are the other professional organizations doing to ensure antisemitism is addressed?
Read about the CAEF project, Hineni: Reaching out to Jews in Social Work,identifying antisemitism in social work education.
Truth Telling to Overcome the Woke’s Wobbly Worldview
Watch short, facts based videos, learn how to engage with truth-telling and support Israel. It isn’t merely about “defending” Israel, but about telling her story, beginning to end, as well as in elevator pitches, personal stories, and historical context.
Watch the Real History of Israel, and access the script provided. Use this to educate any all.
Watch Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Founder and President of Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center, on how Arabs are very much part of Israeli society.
Watch Hananya Naftali and an Arab Israeli debunk the apartheid lies.
Watch Professor Eugene Kontorovich debunk the occupation lie.
Watch the True History of the Palestinian People by Yehudit Weisberg, produced by Im Tirtzu.
Watch the Israel Guys, Christian Zionists who talk about the lies of the biggest human rights organization, Amnesty International demonizing Israel. This one is a bit longer but shows facts and authenticity to counter the myths and lies.
Watch my Favourite Israel Guide, Oren, describing The Left, the Arab World and Israel.
Watch the late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in 2019 on the connection between, antisemitism, anti-Zionism, Judaism and Israel.
Now for Something Really Special
At time when the debate rages as to how best to help present Israel in the public domain, please watch this award winning film, share it, and repeat its message.
Hill 24 Does Not Answer
Introduction by David Bedein
This movie portrays Israel’s war of Independence like no other movie. Produced in 1953 by Jack Padwa, then a Tel Aviv businessman. Won the Cannes Film Festival award in 1955. Jack Padwa died in 2010 at the age of 94. Why did Jack produce the movie?
As a British citizen who had arrived in Palestine in 1940. Jack Padwa joined the underground war to overthrow the British mandate in Palestine and managed to infiltrate British intelligence.
Later David Ben Gurion confided in Jack Padwa that his 1950 visit in the US had been a disaster, and that few people understood what the nascent state of israel was all about. Jack Padwa turned to Ben Gurion and said that “What you need is a book and a movie” so with the backing of David Ben Gurion, Jack Padwa brought writer Leon Uris, author of the book Exodus, to Israel.
And with the backing of David Ben Gurion, Jack Padwa produced this film, HILL 24 DOES NOT ANSWER.
Read the facts as presented on Israel Unwired by Philip Schneider under the title, THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT WAY TO SHUT DOWN EVERY “PALESTINIAN” CLAIM
Before Israel, there was a British mandate, not a Palestinian state
Before the British Mandate, there was the Ottoman Empire, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Ottoman Empire, there was the Islamic state of the Mamluks of Egypt, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Islamic state of the Mamluks of Egypt, there was the Ayubid Arab-Kurdish Empire, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Ayubid Empire, there was the Frankish and Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Kingdom of Jerusalem, there was the Umayyad and Fatimid empires, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Umayyad and Fatimid empires, there was the Byzantine empire, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Byzantine Empire, there were the Sassanids, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Sassanid Empire, there was the Byzantine Empire, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Byzantine Empire, there was the Roman Empire, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Roman Empire, there was the Hasmonean state, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Hasmonean state, there was the Seleucid, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Seleucid empire, there was the empire of Alexander the Great, not a Palestinian state.
Before the empire of Alexander the Great, there was the Persian empire, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Persian Empire, there was the Babylonian Empire, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Babylonian Empire, there were the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, not a Palestinian state.
Before the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, there was the Kingdom of Israel, not a Palestinian state.
Before the kingdom of Israel, there was the theocracy of the twelve tribes of Israel, not a Palestinian state.
Before the theocracy of the twelve tribes of Israel, there was an agglomeration of independent Canaanite city-kingdoms, not a Palestinian state.
Actually, in this piece of land there has been everything, EXCEPT A PALESTINIAN STATE.
To Quote the site: “Feel free to use this for the uneducated.”
Woke Whoopi Goldberg
Much, too much has been said about the faux pas stated by Whoopi Goldberg in declaring that the Holocaust was a white on white war, not a matter of race. While some have excused her ignorance, some people saw her doubling down on this view as antisemitic, and some have felt that she was inappropriately punished with two weeks of off air timeout (to stay at home and learn something), the issue of her “wokeism” is the theme we address.
Read this article because being woke is the gateway to antisemitism. Any and all roads from critical race theory, through identity politics, are leading to cancel culture, and the swerving road which divides people on the basis of the amount of melanin in their skin.
There is more to the Whoopi G story. Read
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