Author: Peter Larson

B’nai Brith suffers embarassing defeat in Winnipeg over Linda Sarsour event

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B’nai Brith Canada lobbyists convinced Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman to argue that American activist Linda Sarsour should not be allowed to speak at an event organized by the city’s Social Planning Council. B’nai Brith claimed she is anti-Semitic. But the Council stood its ground, Sarsour did not make anti-Semitic remarks, and the event was a huge success. See CTIP video interview with a member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada in Winnipeg about what we can learn from the experience. Read more.

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Challenge to Israeli product labelling will be heard in Federal court in Toronto on May 21, 22

A legal case contesting the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s right to market wine produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank as a “Product of Israel” was launched in 2017 by Winnipeg native David Kattenburg. Despite opposition by various pro-Israel organizations, the case is slowly moving forward. May 21 will be a significant date. CTIP interviews Kattenburg’s lawyer Dimitri Lascaris….. (more…)

Michael Enright is right about the danger of anti-Semitism – but wrong about how to fight it

 

CBC’s Michael Enright (l) interviewed US professor Deborah Lipstadt (r) on March 30th about the rise of anti-Semitism and how to combat it. They were right to signal the danger, but their analysis is faulty and so is their solution, according to two OFIP members. Read more. (more…)

Progressive Jews launch open invitation to a “Liberation Seder” to honour the struggle for liberation of Palestinians

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At Passover Jewish families celebrate with a ritual family dinner called a “Seder” at which the story of the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from oppression in the land of Egypt is recited. A Hamilton Ontario Rabbi invites Jews and non-Jews to come to a Seder with a modern twist. Read more.

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