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After esteemed rabbis presented Tayyip Erdogan with a gold menorah at the presidential palace, the Turkish leader spoke out against antisemitism as “a crime against humanity.” (Photo: AVIS)

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On Wednesday December 22, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted rabbis from Jewish communities in Turkey at the presidential palace in Ankara.

“The relations between Turkey, Jews and Israel will always be strong,” announced Erdogan. “The economic relations between the countries are stronger than ever and will continue to strengthen.”

He called for bolstering of Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialog and appealed to the Rabbis to improve cooperation and maintain the ongoing interfaith dialogue, whilst pledging to strive together for Middle East peace.

In attendance were the Chief rabbis from Kazakhstan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, North Cyprus, as well as Rabbi Mendy Chitrik (chairman of ARIS) – who is based in Turkey – and others.

Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Rav Isak Haleva, pointed out that the Turkish Jewish Community lives with confidence and religious freedoms in the nation, which he hailed as a “very positive example” for the religious leaders of the Jewish communities living in other Islamic countries.

President Erdogan stated “Antisemitism is not tolerated in Turkey”, and expressed his appreciation for the Turkish Jew’s century long contribution to the nation.

The Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States (ARIS) also participated in this event. Founded in 2019, represents over 100,000 Jews living in the Muslim World.  For ARIS Chairman Rabbi Chitrik, it was “a historic summit of rabbis of the Muslim world, where rabbis recommitted to help each other to fulfill their communal duties.” 

(By Avi Kumar)

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Will Trudeau apply the IHRA definition of antisemitism to Chile?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President-elect of Chile, Gabriel Boric, on December 22 “on the importance of like-minded, progressive countries working together on global challenges”.

A press release referred to “ongoing collaboration between their two countries… The two leaders also highlighted their strong and shared commitment to the promotion of social inclusion, feminist policies, gender equality, democracy, and human rights.” The statement highlighted “the opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the people of Canada and Chile. As such, they agreed to meet at the earliest opportunity.”

Trudeau may wish to consider assigning longtime Liberal loyalist Irwin Cotler, recently reappointed as Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, to be part of the “ongoing collaboration” with Boric.

That is because Boric – who describes himself as ‘to the left of Communism’ – is also a dedicated ‘anti-Zionist not anti-Semite’ whose previous behavior runs afoul of the IHRA definition of antisemitism

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has not yet asked incoming Chilean president Gabriel Boric to account for maintaining that "Israel is a genocidal and murderous state ", and crafting BDS legislation. (Photo: Twitter)

In 2019, in response to a Rosh Hashanah gift from the Jewish community of Chile, Boric sneeringly suggested they instead influence Israeli policy to favour Palestinian demands. Making Jews in the Diaspora responsible for policy of the government of Israel is a contravention of the IHRA definition.

So too, was Boric’s remark during the campaign when he met with Jewish leadership that Israel is “a murderous state”.

Furthermore, according to Enlace Judio, the most widely-read Jewish website in Spanish: “In a video circulated on social networks, Boric is questioned in an interview that took place at the beginning of last October if he maintains that “Israel is a genocidal and murderous state “, to which (he) replies: “I maintain it “. 

In October, Boric spearheaded BDS legislation to ban products made in Israeli settlements, based on recommendations from the antisemitic Human Rights Watch. The bill was described by the American Jewish Committee as fostering dangerous conditions for the Chilean Jewish community and  Israel.

Such BDS legislation is also considered a breach of the IHRA definition.

The special envoy works closely with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and part of Cotler’s role is “to advance the adoption and implementation of the IHRA’s working definition of anti-Semitism in Canada and internationally.”

A decrepit barn in Surrey, British Columbia was used as a crude billboard to link the 9/11 attacks to “Jews”. (Photo: AGPI)

BC RCMP probing “indict Jews” 9/11 graffiti found on Surrey barn  

According to a news release from an organization called The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI), a decrepit barn was spray-painted with the slogan “Indict Jews 9/11 Bombs”. 

AGPI stated “Although Islamic terrorists linked to Al Qaida have been undeniably linked to the attack under Osama Bin Laden’s banner, antisemitic conspiracists are yet again distorting the truth by spreading fictional notions that Jewish people were actually behind the attack.” 

A member of the group saw the barn and called the Vancouver Police Department, which routed the complaint to the proper police force for a hate crime investigation. 

“Much of Antisemitism is a manifestation of conspiracy theories that are falsely spread in communities” said Avi Abraham Benlolo, AGPI’s Founder and Chairman. “Throughout the ages, antisemites have accused us of everything from poisoning wells during the black-plague; to murdering Christian children to make Matzah out of their blood; and to trying to control the world. That Jewish people are blamed for 9/11 is yet another false allegation meant to incite hate and violence against them.”

“I am pleased that very few people today buy into these notions – but they must be disallowed from manifesting,” Benlolo concluded.

Gretchen Gross, the former president of the Jewish Federation of Buffalo, New York was murdered by a very intoxicated driver in South Carolina on December 18. She is seen holding a lulav and etrog at a Sukkot gathering in New York. (Photo: Rivky Liberow Greenberg Facebook)

Jewish philanthropist killed by drunk driver in South Carolina

The former president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo was killed and 8 others were injured in a chaotic car crash in Johns Island, S.C. on December 18.

Gretchen Gross of Buffalo, New York, who had wintered on Kiawah Island in South Carolina for about 30 years, was killed in a head-on collision when an SUV driven on Maybank Highway crossed the centre line, sideswiped another vehicle and hurtled head-on into the Ford sedan Gross was a passenger in. Among the injured, one victim remains in a coma.

Police reported the driver, 21 year-old Jose Javier Reyes-Escobar, had a blood-alcohol level of .335 percent, four times beyond the legal limit, and that open liquor was found in the vehicle. He faces three counts of felony drunk driving resulting in injury or death, and other charges. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency placed a detainer on Reyes-Escobar ensuring if he is released from custody, he will be put into the custody of ICE for arrest and deportation.

Gross was a retired pre-school educator who operated the Audubon at College Park daycare and an after-school program in Williamsville. She won the JCamp 180 Philanthropist of the Year award in 2016, the 2020 Ralph Kushner Volunteer Services Award, and supported Kadimah and Camp Centreland.

A friend wrote:

She saw the beauty in the everyday. It showed in the wonderful photos she took; those of sunrises and sunsets. Of turtles and seagulls. The lapping waves of an ocean, and a tide’s deposits, leaving imprints in the sand. The heavens and the sea. She was extraordinarily kind. Supportive. She loved with everything she was; the children she cared for, the husband she cherished, the Jewish Community where she gave of her time and talents, and the greater Western New York community in which she saw the beauty and promise of the place we call home.”

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