Barbara Kay: In defence of the Jewish Defence League

From the National Post:

So it is no surprise that Canadian Jewry’s official voice, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and its Montreal subsidiary, the Montreal Centre for Jewish Affairs, expressed vigorous opposition to the Jewish Defence League’s launch of their new Montreal branch at a public meeting the evening of Feb 16.  (…)

It was not the official Jewish community that got the infamous Holocaust denier and Judeophobe Ernst Zundel busted and returned to Germany. It was information turned over to Attorney-general Roy McMurtry by the JDL working in collaboration with Holocaust survivor Sabrina Citron that lost Zundel his mailing privileges, and subsequently to charges that stuck. It was not CIJA that got the despicably and overtly anti-Semitic Palestine House in Toronto defunded of their millions in grants; it was the JDL, through information they dug out and passed along to grateful government authorities. It is not CIJA that stands shoulder to shoulder in the streets with Jews protesting Hamas and Hizbollah supporters screaming “Death to Israel”; it is the JDL. It wasn’t CIJA that organized a counter-rally to the 2014  Toronto Al-Quds Day rally, whose members in 2013 had called for the shooting of Jews in Jerusalem; it was the JDL.

And as much as I trust the police to ensure basic law and order in demonstrations like the intimidating Al-Quds rallies, no police officer is going to stand beside me personally to face down the hateful words of anti-Semites in their hundreds. The JDL gives individual Jews the confidence to confront their enemies peacefully The JDL does not look for physical trouble. Their method is to keep watch and alert police to troublemakers. Far from fear-mongering, I call that confidence-mongering. And Jews need confidence, especially young Jews on campus today.

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