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Editor’s note: Mother’s Day was a very important tradition in my family growing up. My father, and both grandfathers, married women devoted to family and yiddishkeit, frugal, emotional, and magicians in the kitchen. Our mother Lynn (Layah) was from a Bender Hamlet settlement family that moved to Stony Mountain before her birth. They did not have much and she came to Winnipeg around age 10. The country experience stayed with her, the love of animals and flowers and plants and fresh air.

My parents married straight out of high school. He worked for the family pop (as we called soda drinks) business, while she raised three children and became involved with Hadassah and Talmud Torah School, eventually becoming PTA president. Whatever my passion was in High School – comedy, tennis, basketball, sports reporting – she supported (although my eventual foray into professional wrestling… not so crazy about that.) She died at age 48, four years after my father’s passing, leaving an insurmountable hole in our lives.

This Mother’s Day, if your mother is still around, make sure to show her your appreciation for giving you the miracle of life. 

Human Rights Watch Libels Israel, Again 

People of good conscience should take issue with Human Rights Watch’s recent accusations demonizing Israel and the Jewish people as perpetuating a so-called “apartheid” occupation and attack against the Palestinians. 

HRW exhibits a kind of selective ignorance that very artfully ignores the genocidal rhetoric of Palestinian authorities and their misguided flock of sympathizers. When did Palestinians ever truly acknowledge Israel’s right to exist in complete safety, unharassed by her bellicose neighbors? Why is the Palestinian lobby given such fatuous attention in spite of the genocidal rhetoric they openly espouse?

The agency’s latest libel offensive accuses Israel’s government of “discriminating against Palestinians’ identity” and persecuting them to the point of committing “crimes against humanity under international law.”

HRW would have the world kneecap Israel and deny her right to self-defence inside her own kingdom and this requires a most severe censure. 

Modern scholarship proves that the Jewish people are heirs to the land of Canaan because they are its natural indigenous people. That same scholarship proves the Palestinians are not. Ipso facto, Israel holds rightful legal sovereignty and the moral right to respond to Arab-Palestinian aggression. Who is HRW fooling?

Christopher-Michael Mansour

Winnipeg Federation’s Impotent Response To Antisemitism  

The absolute impotence of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg was fully exposed by CBC News this week.

CBC spoke with Joel Lazer, president of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, about the annual report on antisemitic incidents in Canada. Did Lazer highlight violence against our students and our buildings? Did he rail against intimidation in supermarkets or the ‘back to the ovens’ hate spewed in online forums?

Apparently not, according to CBC.

“Lazer cited specifically the instances of mezuzahs being ripped from door posts and questioned what benefit that individual gets from doing such a thing.”

“To me, it’s a waste of everything — time, energy, property — so I get angry,” he said. “It’s not a good response, but I do get angry… The worst part is that Jewish people have learned to accept and live with antisemitism, because it’s the path of least resistance, (Lazer) said. But that needs to change.”

Here is where the rubber meets the road.

The single biggest antisemite to appear in Winnipeg in recent memory is Linda Sarsour. When Jews and Israelis rallied the community to protest her appearance at a communist Ukrainian hall, Lazer’s Federation did nothing to promote attending the pro-Israel rally or to support the Jews facing our enemies in the city’s North End.

Meanwhile, sixteen paragraphs before Lazer was even mentioned, a Sarsour acolyte who socialized with her on her visit was quoted by CBC as, of all things, a leading Jewish voice in the fight against antisemitism in Winnipeg. “Any report that discusses and talks about racism and the number of racial incidents is troubling,” said Harold Shuster of Independent Jewish Voices (Winnipeg). “We should all be trying to work together to find solutions and resolve or end all forms of racial discrimination.” 

By contrast, when his priority highlight of antisemitism to the secular media is mezuzahs ripped off door frames, it appears that Joel Lazar and his Federation have “learned to accept and live with antisemitism, because it’s the path of least resistance.”

How sad that the likes of Harold Shuster, who participates in “Nakba Day”, would be portrayed by our national broadcaster as a more effective and committed opponent of antisemitism than the elected leader of our Jewish Federation in Winnipeg. THAT is what needs to change.

Staff Sgt Richard A. Weiss, 

IDF (retired)

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We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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