JDL calls on Consulate General of Israel, D.J. Schneeweiss, not to attend J Space Conference

On Sunday November 15th, J Space Canada is hosting a conference in Toronto entitled “For Israel’s Sake: The Vital Role of Progressive Zionists in Canada.”

The Jewish Defence League is very concerned of the participation from the Israeli Consulate General, who will deliver the opening remarks (9:30 am) at this conference.

The Jewish Defence League is calling on the Consulate General of Israel, D.J. Schneeweiss not to attend this misleading conference.

The policies of JSpace are similar to the anti-Israel policies of the European Union which call for boycotts of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. That BDS policy is counter to the policy of the Government of Canada and the Government of Israel.

Peace Now is involved in the upcoming J SPACE conference this weekend. J SPACE claims that they oppose boycotting Israel. This is false. Peace Now supports the European Union boycott of Israeli products .

J SPACE has also given a platform to Peter Beinart who also called for a boycott of Israel and has justified the recent wave of terrorism there.

The Government of Israel has called the European Union boycott antisemitic. Therefore, the Israeli Consulate General should not attend this Toronto conference.

All participants of the J SPACE conference are giving legitimacy to the European Union’s policy.

Karen Mock, the founder of J Space, has a history of standing with anti Israel groups:

J SPACE claims to oppose BDS. I wish I could believe that, but I don’t because facts are stubborn things. Consider the following:

Karen Mock uses her Twitter account to promote pro-BDS groups like Beit Zatoun and is good friends with Judy Rebick, the founder of anti-Israel pro-BDS blog Rabble:

J SPACE Canada and the Canadian Arab/Jewish Leadership Dialogue Group on Thursday, January 24, 2015 held a joint event. The panelists were Raja Khouri and Karen Mock, founders and co-chairs of the group, and long time members Maurice Green and Jareer (Jerry) Khouri.

Durring the event, Jewish members agreed with the Arab presenters “that in the West Bank, Arabs live an apartheid-like existence”. J SPACE also made it clear: “We ardently oppose Israel’s Jewish settlements on the West Bank.”

The past few years, the Jewish community was very upset that Pride Toronto would allow the anti Israel group Queers Against Israel Apartheid to march in their parade. Pride Toronto told the public that they have a “Dispute Resolution Panel” to handle this matter. It is a three person panel and two of the three include Maurice Green and Raja Khouri. Maurice Green was the former president of the New Israel Fund of Canada and Raja Khouri was the former president of the Canadian Arab Federation.

The NGO Monitor provides some information about the New Israel Fund:

  • Five grantees – Machsom Watch, Coalition of Women for Peace, Women Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa – signed a divestment letter, which was sent to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.
  • Adalah ($500,000 in 2008) promotes a “Democratic Constitution” calling for eliminating Israel’s Jewish framework, and based on the “one-state solution.” Adalah officials were also involved in writing and editing a May 2009 South African publication “Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid?: A re-assessment of Israel´s practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under international law.” The document refers to Israeli occupation as a “colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid.”
  • NIF funded NGOs and their groups were featured centrally in the Goldstone report, which focused on alleged Israeli “war crimes” in the 2009 Gaza war. The report referenced B’Tselem more than 56 times; Adalah, 38; and Breaking the Silence, 27.
  • NIF’s Shatil project provides Israeli NGOs with “consulting, training, coalition-building assistance and other services”, including a number of politicized groups.
  • A confidential US government cable (February 2010), released by Wikileaks, contained comments by NIF Associate Director in Israel Hedva Radanovitz that “she believed that in 100 years Israel would be majority Arab and that the disappearance of a Jewish state would not be the tragedy that Israelis fear since it would become more democratic.” In response, NIF claimed that “her comments…are her personal views. They do not reflect the policies or positions of the New Israel Fund.”

The Canadian Arab Federation is a prominent sponsor of anti-Israel demonstrations, which has  featured people waving Hamas and Hezbollah flags, and people calling for the state of Israel to be wiped off the planet. One video shows a woman declaring: “Jewish child, you’re going to f—— die. Hamas is coming for you.”

Dr. Karen Mock (the leader of J SPACE), a “human rights” consultant, and past director at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, has a history of associating with Islamic Extremist groups.

Allegations surfaced last summer that the curriculum at the East End Madrassah (EEM) promoted anti-Semitic hatred. Karen Mock together with CAIR Canada defended the Islamic Group behind the EEM.

It should be made clear that CAIR Canada has been  involved with other Islamic groups that support Iran and terror groups. Some of these groups lost their charitable status from the Canadian Government because they fund terror groups ISNA-Canada Loses Charity Status Over Terror Funding.

The Islamic group behind the EEM is the Jaffari Center of Canada which is the main Shia group in Canada. This group has promoted events to remember Ayatollah Khomeini.

The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal issued the following statement:

Imam Syed Mohammed Rizvi, spiritual leader of the ISIJ, is responsible for including the antisemitic content in the educational syllabus. The two textbooks containing the antisemitic passages include one published by the Al Balagh Foundation in Iran, while the book which likens ‘the Jews and the Nazis’ was published by the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, which the U.S. alleges was a front organization for the Iranian government. FSWC remains tremendously concerned about the creeping influence of the Iranian government in Canadian society and, in particular, its ongoing promotion of anti-Jewish hate.

On Sunday November 7, 2010, Karen Mock participated along with Imam Syed Mohammed Rizvi at the Jaffari Center in an event about “twinning programs.”

On 10/07/2000, CAIR-Can, sent out a fundraising announcement directing donations to The Jerusalem Fund for Human Services (JFHS), described as a Hamas front group by Israeli sources.

Interestingly, the Canadian based Jerusalem Fund for Human Services (JFHS) was, according to the CRA, absorbed by IRFAN Canada, IRFAN Canada was stripped of its charitable status by the CRA for, you guessed it, funding Hamas.

J SPACE is attempting to have the Jewish community turn a blind eye to real threats. “The false comfort of appeasement has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

The Jewish Defence League is calling on the Consulate General of Israel, D.J. Schneeweiss not to attend this misleading conference.