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‘JOYCOTT ISRAEL’ Can Ignite Your Spark of Activism

Joycott Israel is an ongoing buycott. Go to the store and for the sheer joy of it, support Israel with your hard earned money.

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The first time I felt targeted as a Jew was in the graduating year of high school. 

 My then good friend was Lebanese, and we got into many heated discussions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We just couldn’t see eye to eye. It enraged me when she claimed that Israel was a ‘land thief’ and an ‘oppressor of the poor Palestinian people.’ This is what sparked the fire in me to educate myself on the topic. 

 Then came university. 

 I attended Concordia University in Montreal, a place that had a large vocal Arab student leadership. It was there that I had my first encounter with a violent pro-Palestinian riot in 2002. Prime Minister Netanyahu was scheduled to speak to a group of Jewish students, but a hundred police officers could not guarantee Netanyahu’s or the student’s safety. The event was cancelled. So much for free speech in Canada.

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 Since then, my activism over the years focused on the random arguments with people about the legality of Israel, but it stayed pretty much dormant since I was busy with family and life. 

 Last year, though, the spark finally came back, and the activist in me arose. After reading about the rise of anti-Semitism around the world, I became afraid, and frustrated, at what was happening. This reminded me of the events that took place in the years preceding the Holocaust. 

 What could I do to stop this? I was just a regular citizen, I thought. I was going to do what I could to make a difference.

I started a Facebook group (and later, an organization) named Jews Against Antisemitism Canada, where Jews nationwide could discuss antisemitic acts happening in our communities, and what we could do to stop them. 

 In December 2019, I created from scratch the Anti-Semitism Toolbox speaker series, which brought together various Jewish organizations and expert speakers. The goal was simple: If we had the tools to educate and defend, it would be a good start. Two months later I brought in social media sensation and charismatic Israel advocate Rudy Rochman to Toronto. This talk attracted young and old, to a packed house. The overall feedback was that Rochman left everyone energized to defend Israel.

Agnes Imani, Founder of Jews Against Antisemitism Canada

This was the work of one woman, just doing her part. And we can all do our own part, big or small.

 Here’s something you can do today: Join the “Joycott Israel” movement. 

 Ever notice the Israel-haters have the boycott movement, and when shit hits the fan, it’s what gets us off our tucheses to call for a “buycott” – and we go and pick up a bottle of Israeli wine, and feel good about ourselves? And then do not much else?

 Joycott Israel is an ongoing buycott. Go to the store and for the sheer joy of it, support Israel with your hard earned money. And go back and do it all over again. 

 We don’t go on the defensive anymore. We don’t go reactive anymore. We go pro-active.

 This week, I’m starting my social media campaign to support Israel during these difficult times, with Joycott Israel. Follow me, and post a picture of a Made in Israel item that you have purchased lately. 

 #JoycottIsrael

 –Agnes Imani, Founder of Jews Against Antisemitism Canada

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Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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