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“F*ck the borders we don’t need ‘em, what we want is total freedom”, chanted genocidal Palestinian supporters in front of police in Toronto last Saturday. Canada supports a 2-state solution. (Photo: YouTube)

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B’nai Brith Canada has come out swinging at Toronto officials after the most extreme in a series of hateful rallies targeting Israeli Jews was allowed to carry on last weekend in downtown Toronto.

“Enough is enough. We have seen in recent months how antisemitic rhetoric bleeds into violent assaults on Jews in Toronto,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “This is not a freedom of speech issue. By consistently tolerating illegal rallies filled with discriminatory rhetoric, escalation is the only predictable outcome.”

On Saturday August 7, protesters gathered near Yonge-Dundas Square with an event organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), an openly pro-terrorism group that also organized the Nakba 73 rally on May 15 where Jews were beaten and harassed. The keynote speaker was Issam al-Yamani, a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group, who is now facing deportation. Speakers hailed Khalida al-Jarrar, a senior political leader of the PFLP now jailed for facilitating the murder of an Israeli teenager, Rina Shnerb.

The protesters, watched by Toronto police, shouted in Arabic: “Let’s speak openly – we don’t want to see any Zionists!”, “From the water to the water, Palestine is Arab!” and clamored for an “Intifada” – violent attacks on Israeli Jews. In rejecting any peace proposal or compromise, the radical Islamists exclaimed “We don’t want no two states, we want ‘48” and “Smash the Zionist settler state,” – a clear call for Israel’s complete destruction and the elimination of the Jews.

“This demonstrates the utter failure of the recent national Summit On Antisemitism, after we demanded that the targeting of Israeli-Canadians be addressed,” said Ron East, founder of the Israeli Canadian Council. “Someone needs to inform Mr. Irwin Cotler that in the aftermath of his conference, the calls for violence against our people have only gotten louder – and more obscene.”

City of Toronto policy supposedly ensures that “Public space, facilities and properties within the jurisdiction of the City of Toronto will not be available or accessible to any individual or group that promotes views and ideas which are likely to promote discrimination, contempt or hatred for any person or group” on the basis of race, citizenship, ancestry or religion, among other grounds.

However, to B’nai Brith’s knowledge, this policy has never been applied to antisemitic demonstrations in Toronto, despite repeated condemnations of antisemitism by Mayor John Tory, including as last May.

Pro-Iran activists vandalize Liberal MP’s offices, private home

The home of the president of General Dynamics Land Systems was vandalized along with two constituency offices by members of a far-left “peace” group in London, Ontario defending the Iran-backed regime in Yemen.

Turret tracks painted in blood-red appeared Monday morning on the sidewalk, front steps and doorframe of the office of London MP Peter Fragiskatos, with similar markings on the ground outside the office of fellow Liberal MP Kate Young and outside the home of GDLS president Danny Deep.  

The vandalism was part of a campaign by World BEYOND War Canada to end the $2B annual arms trade between Canada and Saudi Arabia, which the group claims makes Canada responsible for civilian deaths in the ongoing Saudi-Yemen battles. “It’s despicable that @GD_LandSystems and the Canadian government continue to profit off of arming Saudi Arabia, and supporting the horrific war in Yemen” the group proclaimed on Twitter. “Today activists made their complicity in this violence and bloodshed visible.”

CTV News London reported that a spokeperson claimed the group was not responsible. “She claimed they were committed by anonymous activists with the group’s support.”

The ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis has pivoted on the resilience of Iran-backed Houthi rebels who hold the vast majority of Yemen’s heavily populated northern and central highlands. Launching missile and drone attacks into Saudi territory that have increased in range, large Saudi population centres have been affected. The Houthis give families under their control  two choices – either give up their children to serve as soldiers, or starve to death. because they control the distribution of  humanitarian aid. 

The Houthis are a Zaydi Shiite movement – armed by Hezbollah – that has been fighting Yemen’s Sunni-majority government since 2004. According to the Jerusalem Post, the rebels chant “curse the Jews” and “death to Israel”. 

WBW Canada voiced their own anti-Zionist rhetoric this summer, hosting an online seminar ”Hidden in Plain Sight: Uncovering the #Canada-#Israel Weapons and Surveillance Trade” with the pitch, “Tune in to learn about (and try out) brand new tools to empower our #solidarity for a #FreePalestine and shut down this weapons trade.” They also retweeted an allegation that the 2014 Israeli military action in Gaza “focused on destroying tunnels Palestinian used for transferring food and medical aids.”

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Federations back away from continental meet-up

The Jewish Federations of North America has canceled an in-person General Assembly for 2021,  concerned that the uncertain Covid-19 situation presents an excessive risk for the 500 representatives who planned to attend.

 

A bulletin to registrants said, “the health and safety of our participants [are] of the utmost importance to us, and we believe canceling the in-person component of the GA is the best and most prudent decision at this time.”

 

Instead, an online plenary will be held from October 3rd to 5th. JNS reported that “Discussions will center on looking ahead as a Jewish community in a post-pandemic world, focusing on three key areas: Jewish security in North America and worldwide, building and fostering civic partnerships, and North America’s relationship with Israel.”

Absent from the agenda is stamping out the influence of IfNotNow and similar groups with Federation staffers,  or mending fences with dissenting voices in the pro-Israel Jewish community, such as non-donors and Israeli emigrees. 

Pointed barbs have been aimed at some specific Federations this year for being complacent, if not complicit, in dealing with Marxists and self-hating Jewish ‘progressives’ advancing antisemitic and anti-Zionist actions within their communities. There are complaints community leaders are not truly committed to confronting even garden-variety antisemitism.

– On June 21, 2021, Patti Munter published a scathing exposé of her Federation in Rochester, NY — a warning that establishment Jewish “leaders” in that city are not defending or protecting the community.

– In June, Jewish grassroots in Raleigh, North Carolina were bullied and threatened by members of their local Jewish Community and Relations Council and other Jewish “leaders” when they sought to ward off a repeat of the anti-Israel “Deadly Exchange” takeover of police policy that occurred in neighboring Durham. The North Carolina Coalition for Israel were warned, “the JCRC didn’t want them to speak or be involved… it was none of their business since many of them don’t live in Raleigh… they would be giving JVP undeserved press.” In response, the organization told their Facebook followers: “At NCCI, we decided to pre-empt, to be proactive rather than wait for the tsunami to come.”

– In Canada, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, led by President Joel Lazer, has been assailed for failing to denounce the theft and burning of flags from Israelis on May 15 by Nakba 73 rioters as a hate crime. Lazer canceled a planned interview with TheJ.ca about the matter. Recently a graffiti artist vandalized various buildings in the city’s south end, painting swastikas among various other offensive slurs. Although the Winnipeg Federation made a big deal of appearing at the scene hours after the fact proclaiming their deep concern, their social media feeds has still not informed the Jewish community that police had released a video of the alleged perp, and are seeking public assistance to identify him.

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