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Learning from Tragedy: In Memory of Shira Banki

This evening, I attended the funeral of 16-year-old Shira Banki, who passed away days after being stabbed by a fanatic ultra-orthodox man at last week’s Jerusalem Pride March. As I walked down the dirt path to the Kibbutz Nachshon cemetery, I recalled similar walks I made last year, as I attended the funerals of fallen […]

August 4, 2015
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Attentats juifs en Israël : Nécessité d’une introspection raisonnée

Times of Israel L’État juif est à juste titre fier de la protection qu’il offre aux membres de la communauté LGBT. Sa métropole Tel Aviv est le site d’un des plus importants défilés de la Fierté gaie de la planète. La ville entière alors vit au rythme de la ‘Gay Pride’. Jérusalem, capitale juive, a […]

August 2, 2015
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Supporting Holocaust Education

July 31, 2015—Ottawa—Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, announced today that through Inter-Action, Canada’s multiculturalism grants and contributions program, the Government of Canada will support three Holocaust education projects as part of its commitment to supporting Holocaust education, research and remembrance. The Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance, which will coordinate “Canada Discovers the Holocaust: […]

August 2, 2015
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Update: Police Conclude Investigation into Security Incident at the Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT) Synagogue

We extend our deep gratitude to York Region Police (YRP) for their remarkable response to this situation. In addition to deploying extensive resources and increasing police visibility at Jewish sites, YRP executed a diligent investigation which was brought to a swift conclusion. We also want to thank Toronto Police Services for likewise allocating significant resources […]

July 31, 2015
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Israel in 16 bites (and two sips)

By Amy Rosen, National Post How visitors to the Holy Land can best reap the tasty rewards of a country that’s been perfecting its menus for millennia: :: National Post

July 31, 2015
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Spotlight on York

Check out the latest feature on The Exchange – a profile of Jewish life at York University. Read Daniel Ferman's piece here. Read Adam Hummel's piece here.

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 [...]
Iran’s Human Rights Abuses 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
CIJA is proud to share with you A Year in Conversations, an innovative initiative designed to help families explore, address and engage in discussions around topical, contemporary issues facing Israel [...]
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. [...]
Download the document here. Download the timeline of milestones in the Canada-Israel relationship here. The Canada-Israel bilateral relationship continues to flourish and expand, as it has under the leadership of [...]
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 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 [...]
Stay up to date here with information about Israel’s economy, geography and other tidbits on “the Start-Up Nation”. [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Key Points Increased activity by Iran and its proxies – Hezbollah and the Assad regime – on the Golan Heights has escalated tensions on Israel’s northern borders. Iran and Hezbollah [...]
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 181 by a vote [...]
Download this document here. CIJA 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 clogged [...]
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 CIJA has provided the following information for your consideration and use. In summary, we have highlighted the following key points as essential to understanding why the Palestinian Authority’s current [...]
“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 [...]