URGENT: Meeting of York U students with JDL Canada reps: Sun Oct 19

JDL Canada is designing a JDL campus curriculum and very much need your input, ideas, feedback and case studies, and to hear how you are feeling these days on the York U. campus.

The more York students who participate, the better.

Join us on
Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:30 a.m.
The Zionist Centre
788 Marlee Avenue (at Lawrence, a short walk from Lawrence West subway)
Parking at rear.

Please Note: This meeting is for York U. students. However, in the near future, Zaza Vili, JDL’s head of security and Vera Held, the Director of JDL on Campus, will also be holding meetings with Ryerson and U of T students.

Contact Vera Held, Director via email vera@veraheld.com for more information and to confirm your attendance.

News about Israel Apartheid Week, Robert Spencer’s visit to Toronto and more

You’ve heard this story before:

A man walks into his doctor’s office after his annual physical exam and the doctor says, “Harold I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. Which one do you want to hear first?”

Harold says, “Give me the bad news first.”

So that’s what we’ll do in this update. Remember, there really is some good news — just keep reading!

The Jewish Defence League is alerting our community to some very disturbing anti-Jewish, anti-Israel developments. Once again, the debunked “Israel Apartheid Week” fiasco is preparing to rear it’s ugly head again on Canadian university campuses -– and around the world.

The promoters of the event seem to think that they gain credibility by inviting speakers who are convicted terrorists and other organizations that promote the use of unsavoury “lawfare” in attempts to silence being exposed; organizations that have raised funds for groups listed by Israel as Hamas front groups.

Please review our vital information and then mark your calendar for some positive actions in which you can participate in order to counter the anti-Jewish / anti -Israel incitement.

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JDL Canada to picket National Council of Muslims: Saturday March 29

JDL Canada will picket and protest the appearance of Dr. Reza Aslan and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (formerly known as CAIR Canada).

Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto
Saturday, March 29, 2014 — 6:00 pm

Reza Aslan is a Board member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which has been established in court as a lobbying group for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Aslan has tried to pass off Iran’s genocidally-minded former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a liberal reformer and has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate with Ahmadinejad himself, as well as with the jihad terror group Hamas.

Iranian-American writer and academic, Reza Aslan, compared Israeli company SodaStream to Adolf Hitler and implied that its newly minted spokesperson, actress Scarlett Johansson, was a Nazi supporter in a tweet on Friday afternoon that he quickly deleted.

‘I was very proud to watch Jewish Defence League members and supporters protest with dignity at the recent JSpace conference …’

Mark Vandermaas writes:

I was very proud to watch Jewish Defence League members and supporters protest with dignity at the recent JSpace conference at the University of Toronto on October 6th where those seeking to destroy Israel’s economy via BDS in pursuit of a new, utopian two-state solution were given the credibility provided by the presence of CIJA representation and Israel’s Consul General.

The JDL’s leader, Meir Weinstein, invited me to engage with the day’s keynote speaker, well-known Jewish BDS activist Peter Beinhart which I did in the lobby, politely asking if he was familiar with the original two-state solution created by the San Remo Conference and the League of Nations. He suggested that the League of Nations had no relevance to the issue.

When I pointed out that the UN assumed all League of Nations obligations to the Jewish people (Article 80 of the UN Charter), he replied, ‘I’m not a lawyer.’

Consider this sobering fact: Beinhart is a leading BDS/two-state solution advocate, but does not understand the basic legalities of the original founding of Jewish Palestine that Lord Curzon, British Foreign Secretary at the time of the San Remo Conference referred to as the “Magna Carta of the Zionists.”

Our exchange showed, just as in Caledonia, the sometimes shocking ignorance of the so-called experts with respect to fundamental facts.  That ignorance opens a window of opportunity because it reveals a potential vulnerability.  (…)

I recall meeting Dr. Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam and Judd Matheny – a Tennessee legislator who has seen the frightening Islamic no-go zones in Belgium firsthand – for the first time when they attended a JDL protest at the Israeli Consulate. Warner asked me, in total delight: Where do you find Jews like this! He was simply awestruck that Jews would take to the streets in protest.

Yes, I have seen JDL people engage in yelling matches with their enemies and, even though that is not my preferred style of protest, I would rather stand with 100 noisy Jews facing the enemy in the streets than to have the enemy win their coveted media victory unopposed.

‘How did support for Israel become a conservative cause?’

Janice Fiamengo writes:

Israeli socialism didn’t last, of course, and in time Israel became a thriving, innovative, free-market economy and a top producer of high-tech marvels such as micro-chip components in cell phones.

Israel’s fall from favor with liberals was due to this and a combination of other factors, most particularly Israeli military power and the nation’s willingness to use it in self-defense, the rise of the Palestinian narrative of victimhood, which has gained remarkable traction, the increased visibility of the religious element of Jewish national life, and the general shift rightward in Israeli politics and culture. All of these combined have made it difficult for progressives to love Israel.

Anti-Semitism continues at York University, Toronto

JEW HATE @ York University on display at Toronto City Hall

Pro-Israel blogger “BLOGWrath” has many articles about the history of antisemitism at Toronto’s notorious York University:

A Canadian first: University of Manitoba bans Israeli Apartheid Week



by Rhonda Spivak, L.L.B, Editor, April 14, 2013

The University of Manitoba Students Union (UMSU) has become the first in North America to vote to ban Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) on campus and strip the group Students Against Israel Apartheid (SAIA) of official student group status.

The motion bars SAIA from receiving student union funding or using activity space in student-union controlled buildings and is a stunning setback for proponents of Israel Apartheid Week. The motion passed by secret ballot 19 to 15.

The motion is the brain child of Josh Morry, a student with savvy debating skills who is graduating this year form the Asper School of Business. The motion relies on UMSU Policy 2009 which states that “UMSU does not condone behaviour that is likely to undermine the dignity [or] self-esteem … of any of its members.” It further states that “UMSU is committed to an inclusive and respectful work and learning environment free from discrimination or harassment as prohibited in the Manitoba Human Rights Code (the “Code).”

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