URGENT UPDATE: Canadian Jewish Support for “Breaking the Silence”

It has come to the attention of the Jewish Defence League that the New Israel Fund of Canada has involvement with the NGO “Breaking the Silence.”

This NGO is under investigation by the Government of Israel for charges of gathering IDF Classified Information.  The President of the New Israel Fund in Canada is Joan Garson.   Please review the following information:

Report: NGO Breaking the Silence collected classified information on IDF

Breaking the Silence – Toronto, Oct 14th
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Hi friends,
I received this from the New Israel Fund. I’m in the middle of reading the book, Our Harsh Logic. It’s a difficult read, as all the names are excised, so it’s just an anonymous soldier saying “We did this” for a page to 5 pages, over and over for 400 pages. Even so, it’s an extremely important document of the Israeli army’s activities from the inside, and particularly the references to soldiers harassing and arresting civilians, then seeing it reported in the newspaper as “4 terrorists apprehended” and “weapons found,” etc – I would highly recommend it – I got my copy from the Winnipeg Public Library, hopefully it’s similarly available in Toronto. And I’d think a talk with one of its (authors? organizers?) would be very interesting.
Note: the event is in someone’s home, but it is a public event. I checked with Atarah.

Daniel
— Forwarded Message —–
From: Atarah Derrick <atarah@…>
To: Atarah Derrick <atarah@…>
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:15:13 AM
Subject: Breaking the Silence in Toronto

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all well.

I’m writing to you about an event happening in Toronto on Monday, October 14 that I felt you should know about.

Dana Golan from Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtikah) will be in Toronto to speak about BTS’s new book, Our Harsh Logic.
While this is not an NIFC event, I think it would be a great opportunity to discuss the sensitive issues at hand and to hear from this transformative activist and educator. Here are the details:
When: Monday, October 14, at 7:30PM
Where: The home of Joan Garson and David Baskin,

If you need more information about the event, please contact Isaac Kates Rose at isaackatesrose@…

All the best,

Atarah

About BTS and the book:

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. They endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.

Israeli soldiers, the young men and women in the army, know the truth of the occupation better than anyone-they are the people who carry it out. Now, in a monumental book of  collective testimony, OUR HARSH LOGIC: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010 the soldiers speak out and demand to be heard.  The soldiers in OUR HARSH LOGIC have gone on the record with their personal experiences to break what they call a conspiracy of silence across Israeli society and to fulfill a moral obligation. Speaking with undeniable authority, they have made a supremely significant contribution to one of the world’s most vexed and intractable conflicts.
Atarah Derrick
National Outreach Associate
New Israel Fund of Canada
801 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario M6A 2G1
416.781.4322
nifcan.org

On Tuesday  March 22nd, 2016 7:30 PM, there will be a panel discussion with Joan Garson from the New Israel Fund (a group that provides funding to many anti Israel BDS groups);  Karen Mock from J Space (another group that states. “we oppose Israel’s Jewish settlements”) and  an official from CIJA.

It is important for our community to demand that CIJA not provide any
standing to groups that promote anti Israel groups such as the NGO
“Breaking The Silence”

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.

JDL Canada calls for renewed Jewish leadership in Canada

The Jewish Defence League of Canada is committed to the restoration of pride and integrity to the Jewish people, the return of Jewish values, the reclamation of the Jewish sense of justice, and the abolition of hatred and bigotry.

These values can only be achieved through strong, principled and committed Jewish community leadership, including the rabbinate, lay leadership,  as well as from a congregational perspective.

The Torah teaches us historical and repetitive lessons that the Jewish identity thrives in periods of strong leadership and wanes in the absence of such leadership.

The purpose of this week’s JDL e-mail is to draw attention to, and expose, the lack of Jewish leadership in Canada.  Please read and research the following information and then decide for yourself if these are the people that represent you, and your idea of Jewish leadership.

This week, we focus on one such “leader” that has recently been promoted by CIJA.

That person is Karen Mock.

The following is a statement from the latest CIJA announcement:

“CIJA’s advocacy activities in the GTA are conducted through a Local Partnership Council (the GTA Council) established by CIJA in partnership with UJA Federation of Toronto.  The GTA Council is co-chaired by Berl Nadler and Joel Reitman and its members are: Justine Apple, Fredelle Brief, Rabbi Michael Dolgin, Mark Freiman, Karen Goldenberg, Yael Karol, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Michael Levitt, Karen Mock, Evan Pilz, Ed Segalowitz, Joseph Shier, Donna Starkman Shiff, Sharon Shore, David Spiro, Carole Sterling, Henry Wolfond and Morris Zbar.

The GTA Council’s members represent a broad range of political viewpoints, religious streams and advocacy interests that reflect the diversity of our community.”

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