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BREAKING: Montreal Synagogue Vandalized

Congregation Kol Yehouda in Côte St-Luc, Quebec, was vandalized in what appears to be an anti-Semitic attack.

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Torah scrolls dumped on the floor, and other religious items shoved into toilets | Photo credit B'nai Brith

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On Wednesday, a congregant and his son, when picking up items for the upcoming Shavuout holiday, discovered Torah scrolls dumped on the floor, and other religious items shoved into toilets.
 
Owned by Armand Moyal, the Sephardic congregation in suburban Montreal has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is unclear when the break-in and desecration occurred. Montreal police and the Hate Crimes Unit have been alerted.
 

The Kol Yehouda in Côte St-Luc, Quebec | Photo credit Engel

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One congregant spoke to TheJ.ca on condition of anonymity and said, “I’m sad and shocked that the synagogue has been tampered with.”
 
TheJ.ca will continue to follow this incident and report any further developments. 
 
– with reporting by Aviva Engel in Montreal; files and photo from B’nai Brith Canada

Aviva Engel is an award-winning freelance journalist and director of communications at Hebrew Academy in Montreal. She is the lead editor and master storyteller at outsourcecopywriting.com.

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Op-Ed: Self-hating Jews Who Enable The Evils of Anti-Semitism

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Op-Ed: Self-hating Jews Who Enable The Evils of Anti-Semitism

Under cover of "progressivism", self-loathing Jews align with the worst elements of haters

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You can’t miss them.

Wherever they turn up they make sure they’re in the midst of the action, right where they can be seen.

I’m referring to self-loathing or self-hating Jews.

I prefer to call them useful idiots, for cozying up to those who’d love to see Israel disappear into the sea.

They’re rabbis in Hasidic garb, their payot conspicuous. Last year three of them turned up at the hateful Al Quds day rally on Toronto’s University Ave., standing front and centre as scores of speakers spewed their anti-Israel venom around them..

There’s Suzanne Weiss, who claims she’s a Holocaust survivor, and who is trotted out at a variety of anti-Israel press opportunities. Her latest appearance was at the virtual Al Quds rally on May 16, where she claimed Israel was a friend to COVID (insinuating that Israel is to blame for the virus).

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They’re a motley group of Jews who claim to be interested in social justice called Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) who repeatedly deny that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Canada and worldwide. On April 27 IJV Canada issued a statement alleging there could be a severe outbreak of COVID-19 because of a blockade by Israel of the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip. There was no mention of a similar blockade by Egypt.

Fact is, there have been just two deaths to date from COVID in the Gaza Strip, compared to 279 in Israel proper.  But let’s not let facts get mixed up with an anti-Israel agenda.

I still remember a filmmaker who was part of the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) movement that hijacked the Toronto Pride parade from 2009 to 2014. The woman made a point of telling anyone who would listen that her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, as if that gave her more street cred in her anti-Israel endeavors.

Who are these useful idiots? What is in their psyche to make them cozy up to the enemy?

They usually consider themselves “progressives”, almost always align with the political left, and appear to be highly uncomfortable with their Jewish roots, or have an intense desire to go along to get along.

During an interview two years ago, self-described liberal Zionist and former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz told me that many of these self-hating Jews come from a tradition of speaking out against perceived injustices. They feel it is their mission, however misguided.

Look, I have no problem with criticism of Israeli policies.  Yet what separates valid criticism from a pure hate of the Jewish state (and Jews) is the obsessive nature by which they dwell on the alleged human rights abuses of Israel, ignoring war crimes and crimes against humanity in Myanmar, Syria and Rwanda, to name just three countries.

But here’s where the useful idiot part comes in. Self-loathing Jews think they’re standing up for what’s right—advocating for social justice and the “poor Palestinians.”

As I’ve come to observe during years of covering anti-Semitic audits, events and rallies, they have foolishly allowed themselves to be used by those who care not a bit about the Palestinians, but purely and simply hate the Jewish state.

In recent years, the Israel haters – under heat from Jewish advocacy groups – have repeatedly tried to convince the world they don’t hate Judaism or Jews, they just hate Zionists. They constantly point to the self-loathing Jewish useful idiots who stand cheek by jowl with them, and allow themselves to be called a “brother” or “sister.”

I’ve watched this scenario unfold many times, in horror.

I’ve written about far too many anti-Semitic acts in recent years, and have watched major cities in Europe become unwelcoming to Jews.

 I’ve been sued by a rabid Israel hater who repeatedly labelled me a “Zionist” at protests, and didn’t like me exposing her as an anti-Semite (she eventually dropped the lawsuit). I’ve been singled out at meetings as a member of the Jewish lobby, and have been the recipient of many toxic anti-Semitic e-mails.

Contrary to the contentions of the IJV, anti-Semitism is very real.

Self-loathing useful Jewish idiots do nothing but enable, and even fuel, its rise.

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Sue-Ann Levy is a veteran journalist, a columnist for Toronto Sun, and a columnist for TheJ.ca

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Ottawa Cops Investigated ‘Call To Prayer’ As Hate Speech Before Toronto Mosque Reprise

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Ottawa Cops Investigated ‘Call To Prayer’ As Hate Speech Before Toronto Mosque Reprise

Two weeks before a radical Islamist created controversy in Toronto by blaring antisemitic slogans outside a mosque as part of a call to prayer, he had already come under investigation by the Ottawa Hate Crimes unit for similar antics.

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Antisemite Firas Al Najim

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The City of Ottawa exempted mosques from local noise bylaws during Ramadan to allow them to amplify a five-minute call to prayer at sundown (“Maghrib (sunset) adhan‘). Firas Al Najim, manager of hardline anti-Israel organization “Canadian defenders For Human Rights” CD4HR, proceeded to recite the call to prayer on April 30 outside the Imam Ali (As) Masjid Mosque, but at the end used the opportunity of a public megaphone to call for a stance against the ‘Zionist regime’.  His group was banned this winter by Facebook for similar expressions of intolerance.  
 
Upon seeing the video of the performance by Al Najim promoted online, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was contacted with a complaint, protesting the actions and explaining the context of his commentary in front of the mosque.
 
The complaint also referred Watson to an online video made two days earlier (April 28) when “Mr. Al Najim recorded another disturbing anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and Antisemitic video in which he compared Zionism to Nazism“. Before the Mayor replied, he received a second complaint the next week, after the same tactic was used outside the Afghan-Canadian Jaffari Culture Centre. Al Najim had promoted that speech on the CD4HR Twitter account, which frequently recycles the tweets of Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader.

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Watson was urged “to take immediate actions to ensure that public calls to prayers aren’t used to spew anti-Israel, anti-Zionists and Antisemitic hate speech. Nor should they be used for political purposes.” In response he turned the issue over to City Solicitor  David White. 
 
Despite the City having opened the door to the public amplification of Jew-hate by suspending enforcement of the noise bylaw, White insisted “the municipality has no legal authority or ability to respond to incidents of these kinds, particularly in light of the possible implications of the right to freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” 

Firas' antisemitic rambling with a dousing stick. He may have found water but struggled to find a point for 17 min

“Recognizing that, I have provided the complaint to the ranking officer who oversees the Ottawa Police Service’s Hate Crimes Unit, for investigation as a possible hate motivated incident.”
 
The Unit was revived In January after by Police Chief Peter Sloly called the rise in hate crimes in Ottawa and nationwide “alarming.”
“Ottawa was the first police service in Canada to start a hate crimes unit. It has a proud tradition in that area,” he told CTV News, “But for a number of reasons, the resources in those areas have moved away, and we got down to a very low level, one that wasn’t acceptable to our communities and not acceptable to our frontline officers.”
 
Despite that commitment, an email from Det. Ali Toghrol, Security Intelligence for Hate Crimes Investigations, blew off the complainant with a terse email on May 11.  
 
“We are aware of the YouTube videos involving Mr. Al Najim. Thank you for bringing up the matter. If there are any other issues or concerns please feel free to contact our service.”
 
The three step approach outlined by White faces hurdles that can deter charges being laid at the finish line.  
 
“… trained and professional investigators will fully review crimes flagged as hate-motivated and ensure those indicators are included in evidence for court process.” White then explained  “While an investigation is underway a community outreach effort is also made. This can include assistance to victims, a response by Community Police Officers, Diversity Race Relations/Community Development personnel, and often senior leadership… At all times, various units and personnel are working with the community to encourage reporting and explaining the process to community groups.” 

ISIJ statement

However, even if the Security Intelligence Section, responsible “for monitoring trends and issues that can lead to local incidents of hate and extremism in Ottawa” finds evidence, White stated “the Ottawa Police website cautions that, “[b]efore laying any Hate-Motivated or Bias-Motivated criminal charges … police are required to conduct an investigation, then turn the file over to the local Crown Attorney’s Office, and then get consent from the Attorney General’s Office to pursue the incident.”    
 
“Police must balance a person’s constitutional rights with the [Criminal Code of Canada], which makes investigations very complicated.”
 
It is not known if Ottawa police contacted Al Najim as part of their investigation. However, last weekend, in a reprise of his Ottawa test-run, he once again appeared outside an Ontario mosque and hurled anti-Zionist and antisemitic rhetoric. 
 
As reported by Canadadocs.org, “On May 16, 2020 Firas Al Najim used a loudspeaker to recite the Islamic call to prayer (adhan) outside the Jaffari Islamic Centre located at 9000 Bathurst Street in Thornhill, ON. He also delivered a speech calling Muslims to follow the religious duty of refraining from any business transaction with Zionists.”
 
Thornhill MPP Gila Martow reacted quickly. “I am disappointed that this gentleman used his alleged permission from the City of Vaughan to spew anti-Zionist propaganda and anti-Semitic tropes with no regard for the vast majority of Vaughan residents who support living together in peace… I certainly hope that this gentleman’s message of intolerance and misinformation is not shared by the membership and families of the Jaffari Centre. I look forward to meaningful dialogue with them in the near future.”
 
Her comments drew an immediate rebuke from the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat (ISIJ) of Toronto, which issued a statement claiming “We do not know the individual who recorded himself on our premises at the Jaffari Community Centre in the City of Vaughan,” said ISIJ of Toronto Vice President, Shafiq Ebrahim“The individual came to our premises without our authorization and we did not request nor allow this recording to occur.
 
However, researchers quickly ascertained that “the individual” was no stranger. 
 
In 2019 Al Najim published a letter he sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that listed Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto, Shafiq Ebrahim, Vice President” as endorsing the document, and was identified at municipal hearing as supporting a redevelopment scheme proposed by the Jaffari Centre.
Editor’s note: After this report was prepared, but prior to publication, HD4HR confirmed the researchers were correct. 
Around midnight Tuesday, the group alleged on Twitter that ISIJ and the Jaffari mosque “have lied & dissociated from our manager @Islamic_HR out of fear of the #Zionist politician @GilaMartow & the zionist influential bullying network. The tweet asserted “Al Najim had permission & is embedded in the community.”
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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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Why It’s Important to Adopt the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

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Why It’s Important to Adopt the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

If punitive measures are to be applied to an act, then that act must be defined with as little room for ambiguity as possible

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Widely considered to be the founder of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, British theorist and mathematician Alan Turing played a pivotal role in Britain’s wartime efforts to crack Nazi Germany’s encryption codes. In 1946 he was awarded with the OBE, one of Britain’s highest honours. Even back in my home country of Syria, every computer science student had heard of the name of the brilliant Alan Turing.

Sadly, he ended his life by suicide in 1954, two years after being convicted on the charges of “gross indecency.” That is lawyer-speak in antiquated English law for being involved in a homosexual relationship.

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In the UK, as in Canada, it is no longer a crime to be involved in a same sex relationship, as what was previously defined as a crime, is now considered to be an inalienable right of any individual. In societies that seek to conduct themselves according to the rule of the law, definitions are important. 

Countries the world all over have definitions for age-old crimes such as theft and the differing degrees of murder. More recent additions to the laws of many countries have been concepts such as the age of consent and racial discrimination. 

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Societies that seek to conduct themselves according to the rule of the law are always challenged to re-examine their laws, and the definitions that underlie those laws. If definitions are loose and open to wide degrees of interpretation, it becomes extremely challenging to apply laws fairly. For instance, under the Baathist dictatorship in Syria, the charge of “threatening national security” could mean everything from deserting army service to not attending a government sanctioned rally, if the government even bothered to lay a formal charge).

As a Syrian, I saw my own country fall apart over the course of several years. But the illness in Syrian society, and indeed the entire region, was growing decades before the final calamity. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Jews in Syria were subjected to the confiscation of property, bank accounts, and restrictions on employment and travel, both within the country and out of it. These acts of oppression would eventually be used as a template to oppress the rest of the country. 

In Syria, as in the rest of the world, throughout history, what started with the Jews, never ended with the Jews.

Which brings us to the present, and the world’s oldest hatred, antisemitism.

By every indication and reliable statistic, the world is without a doubt facing a worrying rise in antisemitic attacks, rhetoric and hate crimes.

Especially now, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, with antisemitic conspiracy theories being widely circulated on the Internet (i.e. “since Israel was the first to a breakthrough with a vaccine, it must have known about the virus all along”).

It is an issue that is not limited to one country or region, but, as has been the case throughout history, is a global matter. A blood chilling, hateful video in one part of the world can inspire a murderous rampage in another part. Hate speech targeting a certain demographic in Europe will also affect the safety of members of that demographic in North America or Australia.  And a global matter requires a global approach to confront

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

It is with these concerns in mind that a coalition of intergovernmental organizations and experts known as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) met in Bucharest in May of 2016, and agreed to adopt a non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism, meant to be a guide in the possible application of laws with regards to antisemitic hate crimes. 

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Definitions are important. If punitive measures are to be applied to an act, then that act must be defined with as little room for ambiguity as possible. The alternative is to leave the application of the law to the whims and attitudes of those with the power to enforce the law (in other words, dictatorships). If antisemitism is to be confronted, then the first step is to define it in as clear and unambiguous manner as possible.

As of March 2020, the IHRA Working Definition on antisemitism has been adopted by 25 countries and numerous universities, city councils, political parties, sports clubs and parliaments. Of course, any initiative such as the one put forward by the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism will have its critics. Just as the struggle for the rights of groups throughout history has had its detractors, so to has the IHRA definition come under attack. 

The groups opposed to the working definition almost exclusively focus on the possibility that adoption of the definition would criminalize any criticism of Israel, the world’s only Jewish state. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Dictator and a well known Antisemite who calls Israel a "cancerous tumor"

In the four years since the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism had been formulated and adopted by dozens of countries and governments the world over, not a single criminal case has been brought to any court in the world with regards to criticism of Israel. 

Under the IHRA definition, criticizing the policies of the Israeli government would not be considered antisemitic. Not even calling Israel “a cancerous tumor”, as the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did in 2018, would be, under the IHRA definition, considered to be antisemitic. 

Do Israel’s detractors seriously require speech more hateful than that of Hassan Rouhani to express their opposition to Israel? While it is important that no one be punished merely for expressing a belief that “Israel must end the occupation”, neither should Jews be subjected to taunts of “A progressive Zionists is the same as a progressive Nazi”, expressed by a protestor at the recent AIPAC Conference in Washington, DC. Indeed, detractors of Israel should be among the strongest supporters of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, as it clearly lays out that even their obsession with that country does not constitute antisemitism. 

The law that made homosexuality illegal in the UK was repealed 13 years after Alan Turing abandoned hope. It is encouraging that so many countries and institutions around the world are aware of the dangers that the current wave of antisemitic hate poses to societies seeking to function according to the rule of the law. The IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism is an important guide to assist those countries to continue to do so, when it comes to confronting antisemitism. 

Aboud Dandachi is a former Syrian refugee who arrived in Canada in 2017 through the Canadian Refugee Resettlement Program. He has been published, interviewed and cited on Syrian issues in numerous outlets, including the BBC, NPR and the Israeli and Turkish press. He has been published on Tablet Magazine and the CJN. Follow him on Twitter at @abouddandachi

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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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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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‘JOYCOTT ISRAEL’ Can Ignite Your Spark of Activism

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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.

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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. 

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 –Agnes Imani, Founder of Jews Against Antisemitism Canada

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Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

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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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Tory Leadership Hopeful Leslyn Lewis shines in Virtual Town Hall

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Tory Leadership Hopeful Leslyn Lewis shines in Virtual Town Hall

With the coronavirus pandemic turning retail politics to Zoom meetings, Dr. Leslyn Lewis is certainly making the rounds as she seeks to emerge from the back of the pack seeking to lead Canada’s Official Opposition.

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With the coronavirus pandemic turning retail politics to Zoom meetings, Dr. Leslyn Lewis is certainly making the rounds as she seeks to emerge from the back of the pack seeking to lead Canada’s Official Opposition.

Born in Jamaica, Lewis boasts some impressive degrees, including a PhD in law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and her work in the legal profession spans two decades in various fields, including cases related to immigration and environmental law. Lacking the same heavy name recognition of former Conservative cabinet ministers and MPs in the race (such as Erin O’Toole and Peter MacKay) Dr. Lewis is working tirelessly to get her name out by hosting many virtual townhalls with CPC party members.

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On May 13, I caught her latest townhall forum, hosted by Chani Aryeh Bain. Bain was the Conservative Party’s candidate for Eglinton-Lawrence in the last federal election. I found Dr. Lewis to be an unequivocal ally of the Jewish community in the issues we are uniquely concerned about. 

Her responses on the issue of antisemitism in Canada truly impressed me. 

Dr. Lewis used the word ‘deplorable’ in describing antisemitism, calling it “an international issue” that is “growing at an increasing and alarming rate.” She used the word “deplorable” again in describing the particular challenge of fighting anti-Semitism and fear experienced by Jewish students on Canadian university campuses. She lamented the fact that “institutions of higher learning where free speech had always been encouraged was replaced by fear and intimidation towards Jewish students.” 

On the issue of the Canadian embassy in Israel, she “would follow the example of the US and move our embassy to Jerusalem. Everyone said that when the US moved their embassy, it would be a political mess and there would be chaos. There wasn’t. That’s something I would do, is move the embassy.”  

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In the townhall, Dr. Lewis also touched upon issues like guns, the economy and taxes. 

On the Trudeau gun ban, Dr. Lewis stated that a more effective approach would be the increase of border security, pointing to the fact that guns in crimes are mostly smuggled in from the United States.

On the economy, she pledged more help for those struggling, particularly the 167,000 who lost their jobs in Alberta.

She called the carbon tax: “a punitive tax on the poor that does nothing to help the environment.”

I found Dr. Lewis’ responses to many of the attendees’ questions to be both strongly principled. and candidly refreshing. As refreshing newcomer to politics with an impressive background, Dr. Lewis merits a solid look in the upcoming race. Members vote August 21, 2020 for a new leader.

 

Doron Berger is a finance professional, a Toronto ex-pat now living in the US. He was a former reporter for Afterword newspaper for five years, and was a feature writer for LandmarkReport.com, an online news site.

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