Editorials

Editorial: Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Care About Holocaust Denial

Aug. 6, 2020 – No less a thinker than Homer Simpson once pronounced: “It’s not that I don’t understand, it’s that I don’t care.” It is difficult not to consider these words when confronted by the actions of Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. Facebook is arguably the most important social media platform of … Continue reading “Editorial: Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Care About Holocaust Denial”

Editorial: Don’t Let Ignorance Prevail

July 29, 2020 – John F. Kennedy once noted: “The rights of everyone are diminished when the rights of one are threatened.” It’s hard not to think about Kennedy’s words when dissecting the present leadership run of Annamie Paul to head the federal Green Party of Canada. As reported in the CJR on July 27, … Continue reading “Editorial: Don’t Let Ignorance Prevail”

Editorial: Jewish Leaders Must Act Now

As reported in the Canadian Jewish Record this week, Halton Regional Police released a report this month of a vandalized monument in the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery in Oakville. According to the CJR: “Someone had painted ‘Nazi war monument’ on a stone cenotaph commemorating those who served with the 14th SS Division in the Second World … Continue reading “Editorial: Jewish Leaders Must Act Now”

EDITORIAL: Elections Canada Must Shut Down Neo-Nazi Parties

July 15, 2020 – Trevor Patron is at it again. This obscure Prairie citizen from Redvers, Sask., has doubled down on his antisemitism. From a low last year, when he railed against the “parasitic tribe” (read: Jews) for all of Canada’s imagined problems, this week, in another outburst of Jew-hatred, Patron is calling for the … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Elections Canada Must Shut Down Neo-Nazi Parties”

EDITORIAL: Eschewing Hate and Embracing Harmony

It would seem that as we continue to hover in the eye of the pandemic, everything is magnified – from our anxieties, to our learning; from our health, to our diet; and most notably, from our avowed hatreds and dislikes. All too often, the expressed hatred takes the form of bigotry, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Eschewing Hate and Embracing Harmony”

EDITORIAL: Annexation Will Destroy Hopes for Peace

Over the course of the last 50 plus years, the dire need for a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis has always occupied the minds of world leaders. When there were breakthroughs, be it former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s recognition of the Palestinian people, the Oslo agreement or former prime minister Ehud Barak’s attempt at … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Annexation Will Destroy Hopes for Peace”

EDITORIAL: Wear the Mask!

Three short months ago, anyone who entered a bank wearing a mask would have triggered a very serious response. Today, wearing a mask or bandana in a bank or any institution, hardly garners a glance. And that is how it should be. Coronavirus has changed our way of life. In the last three months of lockdown, we have gone from no masks, … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Wear the Mask!”

EDITORIAL: Police, Authorities Must Up Their Game in Reporting Hate Crimes

The annual hate crime report has been released in Canada’s largest city by the Toronto Police Service (see the CJR’s news coverage today). And it will come as no real surprise that again, Toronto’s Jewish community which makes up 190,000 of Toronto’s 6 million people, or less than four percent of the total, continues to … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Police, Authorities Must Up Their Game in Reporting Hate Crimes”

Bernie Farber

EDITORIAL: On Spellings, Antisemitism and Free Speech

By BERNIE FARBER On June 10, I participated in a panel organized by Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression on the subject of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of the term “antisemitism.” To be clear, even the spelling used by the IHRA for Jew-hatred was controversial. Customarily, it’s been spelled “anti-Semitism.” The … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: On Spellings, Antisemitism and Free Speech”

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