On Thursday, December 1st, Gila Martow, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Thornhill, will introduce a motion affirming that the Ontario Legislature rejects the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).
BDS seeks to isolate and punish Israel – and Israel alone – here in Canada and around the world. The goal of BDS activists is not to promote peace but, by blacklisting Israelis in business, culture, and academia, to challenge the very legitimacy of the Jewish State. In obsessively targeting Israel, the BDS movement is tainted by antisemitism.
While BDS has had little to no economic impact, it has directly fueled hostility toward Jews and Israelis on campuses across Ontario and elsewhere. Far too many students encounter toxic anti-Israel activism on their campus stemming from BDS activities.
Ontario’s elected leaders have already sent a strong message that our province rejects BDS and seeks to strengthen business, culture, and academic ties with Israel – as seen in the Premier’s recent trade mission to Israel. Now the Ontario Legislature is set to reaffirm this principled position through MPP Martow’s motion, which we expect will garner cross-party support.
But we need you to take action to ensure that all MPPs are aware of its importance and will vote in favour of it on Thursday.
CLICK HERE to add your name to those who support the motion, and send a message to Queen’s Park politicians that this motion is widely supported by voters.
he Jewish Defence League is please to welcome Ari Fuld to Toronto. Let us support his campaign with Standing Together to assist the IDF:
Monday, July 4, 2016
Toronto Zionist Centre 788 Marlee Avenue
Ari Fuld is the Assistant Director of the Standing Together IDF support organization. Originally from Queens NY, Ari made Aliyah and drafted into the IDF in 1992 after a year of study at Yeshivat Hakotel. For the past 21 years he has served in an Elite IDF Paratroopers unit and has been involved in many of the latest IDF operations. When not in uniform, Ari is working 24 hours a day to make sure the men and women of the IDF have what they need to continue keeping Israel safe.
Standing Together is an official non-profit organization recognized by the Israeli Knesset as well as by the IDF. Our goal is to supply and support IDF soldiers with whatever they need and wherever they might be. All our activities and campaigns are in done in conjunction with and under IDF clearance.
Our support campaigns include everything from winter gear to special summer apparel as well water packs and personal gear items that makes the lives o f IDF soldiers just a little bit easier as they protect Israel. Standing Together also travels across Israel with our well recognized Standing Together truck and delivers everything from cold drinks, ice cream and pancakes during the summer months, BBQs, pizzas and hot drinks during the freezing winter months and gear to thousands of soldiers.
We are now in the process of purchasing two new trucks that will be stationed in the north and south of Israel and reach 1,000 soldiers every day!
JDL Canada is proud to host a special evening to save a life.
Monday, May 16th, 7:00 pm
Toronto Zionist Center, 788 Marlee Avenue
Our special guest, Rabbi Ari Waldman from Congregation Ahavas Shalom, Israel, joins us to raise support for Joel Busner (Yosef Ben Tzion.)
Through BuyAPieceOfIsrael.com, Joel has helped people invest in Israel to keep land in Jewish hands. Through another, non-profit effort, he also gives packages to soldiers on the northern border, and food to the needy families in the frontier in the Shomron.
Joel Busner has spent his entire life working for the good of Israel and the Jewish people. And now he is in need of a kidney transplant.
While Busner has medical coverage, the costs of transportation, assistance, physiotherapy and many other expenses add up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Please watch this video and plan to attend our fundraiser for Joel Busner on Monday, May 16 at 7pm. There is no admission charge.
Salomon Benzimra passed away on a flight back to Canada from Israel. He was a dear friend of the JDL and many others. The funeral will be on Thursday at Steeles Memorial.
Salomon Benzimra has led a fascinating life. He was born in 1943 in the International Zone of Tangiers (now Morocco) which was a refuge for many cultures. His early education was in French schools, but his family was Spanish-speaking. In fact, his distant ancestors lived in Spain during the 1400s and were among the many who crossed the Straits of Gibraltar to escape the Inquisition. In addition to French, Spanish and English, Salomon also read Hebrew, and read and spoke a bit of Arabic.
He studied chemical engineering in France and worked in Morocco and Montreal before moving to Toronto in 1976. He became involved in Israeli and world affairs after 9/11 and began writing for publication.
With Goldi Steiner he founded Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights (CILR), comprising a group of dedicated volunteers based in Toronto.
CILR has recently published, in Kindle format, The Jewish People’s Rights to the Land of Israel by Salomon Benzimra. This e-book is available on Amazon, and details the momentous decisions made at the 1920 San Remo Conference after the Ottoman Empire lost all its territories in the Middle East; decisions made in San Remo are crucial to understanding the present situation in the Middle East. Although suitable for any mature reader, the book was written specifically to prepare Jewish high school students to defend themselves against the defamation, lies and distortions about Israel that many face in university. The book is fact-based and educational, not political, and it debunks the current perception of Jewish Israelis as occupiers and settlers.