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Members of End Jewish Hate took part in Holocaust Remembrance Day vigils on Wednesday in Toronto as well as Israel, the US, and Germany. (Photo: Doris Strub Epstein)

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Montreal lawyer acts against online threats

Following a video on Facebook concerning Montreal police attending a synagogue in Outremont for violating Covid restrictions that limited gatherings, online antisemites aimed their hate at the Jewish community last weekend. About a dozen people launched inflammatory remarks including about burning down synagogues and killing Jews. Outraged community members contacted Laurent Sabbah of Cote St. Luc, who met with the SPVM with details, asking that charges be laid under Article 319 of the Criminal Code governing hate speech.

Sabbah told TheJ.ca, “I received a tremendous amount of calls from the community asking if I was aware, asking me to act. I saw these Facebook posts and I told myself somebody has to do something. Most often people think somebody else will handle it. I saw we weren’t talking about 1 or 2 individuals. This was a dozen individuals… It is important that the public be aware of this problem and that the Jewish community will not sit still and be victimized.” 

TheJ.ca noted that one Facebook profile indicated the poster was employed by CISSS in Joliette, Quebec at an “Intergrated Center for Health and Social Services”.

Sabbah said he spent 4 or 5 hours preparing evidence and then learned there was “fresh posts that couldn’t be neglected, so I got up early Tuesday morning, compiled more screen shots – some had been already deleted and I was able to add them to my list of screen shots.” Among the incitement being investigated by the Hate Crime unit was described by Sabbah as “the typical antisemitic characteristic of the Jew, Jews were compared to animals, rats, they didn’t get tickets because they control the media, they control the judiciary…”

“I printed the FB profiles of each of them so police would able to track down who we were talking about,” he added. “There were two of them which really were the most preoccupying, one of which was a direct threat. Reading the messages, he did not appear to be a stable individual, threatening to kill Jews. Another in French wrote, ‘burn down their synagogues, problem solved.’ It was clear those were the two most important ones (to the police).”

Laurent, from Cote St Luc, has a private practice for just under 15 years specializIng in criminal law, covering drug infractions to fraud to crime. He noted that part of the problem leading police to attend numerous Haredi congregations last weekend to issue tickets for exceeding pandemic occupancy limits was actually caused by regional Public Health Director Mylene Drouin, who explained to the media, “In 48 hours, we changed the rules three times. Anyone would be confused.” Some congregations believed that the 10 person limit was applicable for each set of doors that could be entered and exited from a building, resulting in small Erev Shabbat minyans being held simultaneously in different rooms.

Sabbah stated, “To put it quite frankly, we cannot permit any form of antisemitism to be spread by social media or any other form. One individual eggs on another one, it is a snowball effect. When it comes to antisemitism you have to be firm and have a strong resolve. It was important to not delay it and ensure these people were denounced as quickly as possible.”

No winter break in January for B’Nai Brith

B’nai Brith Canada has been making headlines with their leadership in the fight against antisemitism and anti-Israel propaganda, with three major issues in the last week being addressed.

Made-in-Israel Wine: According to Corporations Canada, the sole director of Palestine Just Trade is Karen Rodman, a Toronto-based originator of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement in Canada. BDS “calls for a boycott of all Israeli products”, which put Rodman’s enterprise in an embarrassing position when B’nai Brith pointed out the only wine being promoted by PJT is in fact, bottled in Israel.

The Ashkar Winery is located in Kafr Yasif, an Arab village in northern Israel, and lists all prices in Israeli shekels. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario lists Ashkar’s wines as “Made in Israel.” B’nai Brith asked both Rodman and Palestine Just Trade why they were promoting Israeli Arab wines for Canadian consumption while calling for a boycott of Israeli Jewish wines, but received no response. Palestine Just Trade’s promotion of the Ashkar winery comes as BDS activists challenge the sale in Canada of wines produced by Israeli Jews east of the Green Line, on the basis that labelling them as products of Israel is “misleading.” That case is currently before the Federal Court of Appeal and The League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada intervened on behalf of the Jewish community.

“Promoting Arab products while boycotting Jewish products from the same country is an obvious example of antisemitism,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.

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University of Toronto: In a resignation letter dated Jan. 19, 2021, Ben Hjorth, the Executive-at-Large of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), claimed he was “targeted by Zionist violence” and that the Executive Committee might “be turned into kangaroo courts for the Israeli lobby to do its grubby work of trying to defame and threaten those with radical politics.”

Hiorth was the second member of the executive to resign after attacking the proposal to expand kosher food options for Jewish students in campus. More recently, Hjorth also supported a September 2020 event with Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled that was cancelled by Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

“The University of Toronto has a serious antisemitism problem,” said Michael Mostyn. The UTGSU is the only student union in Canada that forces all members – even Jewish and Israeli students – to fund a BDS Caucus that uses student fees to attack the Jewish State.

Carlton University Academic Antisemitism: On Jan. 28 – the day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day – the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA) will vote on a resolution condemning the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. B’nai Brith stated that “Some Carleton faculty members have reached out explaining that they are disappointed over CUASA’s obsession with the IHRA definition.”

“Just as with legitimate criticism of Israel, the definition does not limit free speech; it allows us to identify speech that is antisemitic,” said Brian Herman, B’nai Brith Canada’s Director of Government Relations.

“University campuses have been among the focal points of antisemitism in Canada in recent years,” added Mostyn, “and this resolution threatens to make matters worse.” In October, 2020, the Global Council of Imams adopted the IHRA definition and, in a written statement, said: “we invite leading organizations of the Muslim world and all other Imams Councils to adopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism and all examples underneath it.”

End Jewish Hatred Canada, a new grassroots civil rights, went right to the front door of Twitter in Toronto demanding antisemitic hate be banned from the social media platform (Photo: Doris Strub Epstein)

 ‘End Jewish Hate’ movement launched

This year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day observance, marked the launch

of End Jewish Hate (EJH), a grassroots movement that stands up for Jewish civil rights and justice through peaceful direct action. They demand an end to all forms of Jew hatred and the singling out of Jews for any and all forms of discrimination.

An EJH press release stated, “Between right wing extremists who spread Antisemitic poison on social media, carry out deadly attacks  on Jews, to those on the left, who say Jews are part of the privileged, white, racist system that must be  eliminated, we are on the edge of another massive attempt to intimidate, marginalize and isolate Jews.”

EJH Canada joined with other EJH groups in Holocaust Remembrance Day vigils across the US, Israel and Germany, to honour the memory of  the more than six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators in the genocide of WW11.

“We will carry out peaceful direct action,” said Co-Chair EJH, Anita Bromberg, speaking to the group at the ceremony which was held at the Holocaust Memorial sculpture, in Earl Bales Park, in Toronto. “We will not be passive in the face of the resurgence of the oldest hatred, Antisemitism.  We will call it out and hold anti-Semites accountable.”

Dr. Judith Weinroth recited kaddish, followed by a minute of silence. They then proceeded downtown in a “funeral”  motorcade, led with a hearse, to the Twitter Canada office in downtown Toronto, to deliver a  message to @Jack, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: “Do not  allow Holocaust deniers and anti- Semites to promote their hate on your Twitter platform.”

“Freedom of speech does not include incitement to hatred and prejudice,” said Robert Walker, Hasbara Special Projects Director who participated with the group in front of the building on King St. that houses the Twitter office.  EJH Co-ChairAndria Spindel stated loud and clear:  “On this day  of remembrance and liberation, let all Canadians of goodwill unite under the banner of End Jew Hatred….Now!”

TheJ.ca will have a full report from Doris Strub Epstein in next week’s edition.

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