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The New Antisemitism

January 1st, 2015 was a study in contrasts. For the second time in just under two years, I visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem. The memorial’s design and the tragic histories contained therein have moved me in ways that I find hard to put into words. Facts that had hitherto been part […]

January 26, 2015
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Holocaust survivor returning to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

TORONTO – On a cold January day in 1945, nine-year-old Miriam Friedman Ziegler watched as Red Army soldiers approached Auschwitz. An army photographer captured the historic moment: 13 wide-eyed children — Friedman Ziegler among them —staring out through a barbed-wire fence. The thought of freedom was a scary notion for the Jewish girl who’d spent […]

January 26, 2015
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Press Release: The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Ottawa – Tuesday, January 27, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp. More than one million people – most of them Jews – were murdered at Auschwitz. Reflecting upon the significance of this anniversary for the Jewish community of Canada, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of […]

January 26, 2015
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Advocacy can be rewarding and challenging

This month I am excited to begin my tenure as chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of Canada’s Jewish federations. Having been involved in advancing the interests of the Jewish community in Quebec for many years, and having served on CIJA’s board and worked closely with my colleagues […]

January 23, 2015
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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Commends Judge in Helmut Oberlander Ruling

Following the decision of Federal Court Justice James Russell to refuse the appeal by Helmut Oberlander to regain his Canadian citizenship, Len Rudner, Community Relations Director of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) offered the following statement: “We applaud the decision of Justice Russell to reject the application for judicial review by lawyers […]

January 23, 2015
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The need to build support for Israel among Canadians is particularly important given the limited knowledge and lack of connection most Canadians have when it comes to Israel. The Middle [...]
Download this document here. Jews have lived in Canada for more than 250 years, with the first recorded Jewish newcomer settling in Trois-Rivières, Québec, in 1760. Most of the early [...]
The Government of Iran continues to use amputation, flogging, torture, public execution and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishments to impose its will on the Iranian people. Religious, ethnic, linguistic [...]
Events change quickly in the Middle East. There are a lot of different factors and players at work. To make things simple, clear, and understandable, here are the basic facts [...]
Download this document here. Each year, students on university campuses across Canada are subjected to various anti-Israel events, including “Israel Apartheid Week.”  While we know that much of the campus community [...]
We are counting down 65 days until Yom Ha’atzmaut, the day commemorating Israel’s declaration of Independence. Why 65 days? Because this year we are celebrating Israel’s 65th year of independence! [...]
Initially greeted with enthusiasm by many, it is now abundantly clear that the so-called “Arab Spring” has not brought liberal democratic transformation to the Middle East. Rather than an idealistic [...]
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is proud to share with you A Year in Conversations, an innovative initiative designed to help families explore, address and engage in [...]
Download this document here. Update: As the Knesset is headed to elections on March 17th, all proposed legislation is currently on hold pending the formation of a new Knesset post-elections. [...]
United Nations Voting Records [...]
Download the document here. The Canada-Israel bilateral relationship continues to flourish and expand, as it has under the leadership of successive Prime Ministers since the Jewish state was established in [...]
The Government of Canada’s changes to the immigration and refugee system have attracted a great deal of attention over the last few months, particularly from within the Jewish community. Canada [...]
The advertisements currently placed on Vancouver transit by the Palestine Awareness Coalition depict a series of misleading and inaccurate maps that suggest Israel is a creeping, immoral and illegitimate state. [...]
The Government Relations team advocates on behalf of the Jewish community on all levels of government and all major political parties in Canada on a wide-range of domestic and foreign-policy [...]
Hamas-Fatah Unity Agreement Derails Peace Talks On April 23rd, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced an agreement with Hamas to form a national unity government, which calls for the establishment [...]
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The years following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war witnessed a massive dislocation of civilians in the Middle East. As one contemporary observer described the refugee situation: “Hundreds of thousands of men, [...]
A remarkable spiritual leader who has touched the lives of millions, Pope Francis has had a long and extraordinary relationship with the Jewish community. Whether co-authoring a book with a [...]
Download this document here. Jewish tradition upholds the centrality of ethical obligations to one’s neighbour, which often ties into modern concepts of social justice. These moral imperatives have spurred Jewish [...]
Download this document here. The Jewish community is one of the most consistently targeted victims of hate- and bias-motivated crime, often directed against communal institutions. In 2007, the Government of [...]
Seek Peace and Pursue It represents a small sample of the many worthwhile projects that aim to break down the barriers between Israelis and Palestinians. No single project is going [...]
Download the Holocaust Timeline here. Introduction “Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that [...]
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Download this document here. A short timeline of the history of the peace process in the Middle East 1947 – The United Nations recommends partition with the passage of Resolution [...]
Download this document here. The Centre believes that the United Nations has an important role to play in international affairs. However, every year, the United Nations General Assembly’s agenda is [...]
Download this document here. Read the Action Plan for Combating Antisemitism 2013 and Beyond here. The Jewish community of Canada is the country’s most frequent target of hatred. According to [...]
Introduction BDS is an acronym for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, which seek to delegitimize and isolate Israel – and Israel alone – around the world and in global forums. BDS [...]
Overview The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has provided the following information for your consideration and use. In summary, we have highlighted the following key points as essential to [...]
“We declare Fallujah as an Islamic state, and we call on you to be on our side! We are here to defend you from the army of Maliki and the [...]