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Crisis in Ukraine

The Ukrainian crisis was sparked on February 18th, when thousands of Ukrainian protestors gathered outside the country’s parliament to call on the government to restore the Ukrainian constitution. Violence erupted between protestors and police, leading to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries in the ensuing days. On February 21st, the Ukrainian opposition took control […]

March 14, 2014
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Baird Commemorates Holocaust Victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

April 24, 2014 – Krakow, Poland – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird tours Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and lays a wreath at the symbolic site to commemorate the victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II. “I am extremely moved to be here to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi genocide,” […]

April 24, 2014
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Herb Gray (centre) at 6th Annual Churchill Lecture (Nov, 2009)  with Glynn Jenkins, Dr. Alex Barron, Robert O’Brien and Dr. Jeffrey Rabin.
Torah on Tour: The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray z”l

In 2009, I was honoured to deliver the following invocation in honour of Herb Gray when he was presented with The Churchill Society’s Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy. We should all be proud of the outstanding legacy that this great son of our people has left to Canada. Tonight in this […]

April 24, 2014
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Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as they deliver a joint statement to the press in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April. 22, 2014. Biden called on Moscow to encourage pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate government buildings and checkpoints, accept amnesty and “address their grievances politically.” (Photo: AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)
More Jewish Sites Vandalized in Ukraine, as Biden Condemns Anti-Semitic Attacks

Just days after a synagogue was fire bombed, new reports of anti-Jewish violence have emerged in Ukraine, including the vandalizing of a Holocaust memorial and a prominent Jewish figure’s tomb. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), quoting the Sevastopolskaya Gazeta, reported Tuesday that the Holocaust Memorial in Sevastopol in the Crimean Peninsula was spray painted in red with […]

April 23, 2014
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Statement on the Passing of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray

  Ottawa, ON – In response to the passing of the Right Honourable Herb Gray, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Herb Gray, an icon in Canadian politics, a pioneer in Jewish civic engagement, and a distinguished Parliamentarian […]

April 23, 2014
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Update on Ukraine from Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky is the Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel The recent distribution of leaflets in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, declaring that all Jews are to register with the region, is an act of provocation — the Jewish community caught in the middle of two opposing sides. On the eve […]

April 23, 2014
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