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  • National Post Death at the Pumpkin Tuesday November 1st, 2016
    The winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction will be announced in Toronto Wednesday. I would delight in seeing the award bestowed on Toronto-born Israeli journalist Matti Friedman’s splendid new book, Pumpkin Flowers: an Israeli soldier’s story. Pumpkin Flowers is the story of “a forgotten little corner of a forgotten little war, which...
  • National Post Israel’s victory over drought Tuesday September 20th, 2016
    I am grateful to have been born in Canada, and for a multitude of reasons, not least because we control most of the world’s fresh water.  Water shortages can and do lead to wars. Wars create refugees. Drought creates migrants. We’ve already seen a preview in the Middle East of what could happen on a larger scale. A decade-long drought (reportedly the worst in 900 y...
  • National Post Kay vs. Kay – Round 2 Thursday June 2nd, 2016
    The recent coalition agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, leader of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) party, has made waves inside Israel. Some Diaspora Jews have also openly spoken against Netanyahu and Liberman; many more, however, are keeping quiet, possibly due to the longstanding position in the Diaspora that Israelis &ndas...
  • National Post The Enemy Within the “Safe Spaces” of Jews on campus Friday May 27th, 2016
    Academia is awash in social justice warriors (SJW). There are SJW consumed with racism, gender and Islamophobia, but the issue that looms largest and most relentlessly on all campuses with a sizable Jewish population is anti-Zionism. A demonstration of one’s unnuanced hostility to Israel coupled with unconditional sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians has become something of ...
  • National Post Kay vs. Kay Friday April 8th, 2016
    Barbara Kay: One of the most popular books in Israel right now is Catch the Jew! by gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom. Tenenbom is a German-Israeli Jew who lives in New York. His advantage as a reporter is that his German – his mother tongue – is so perfect he can pass as ethnically German and often does (at such times he goes by “Tobias”). ‘Catch the Jew&rsqu...
  • National Post Ottawa’s support of Israel deserves more than just words Monday April 4th, 2016
    There are 192 member states in the United Nations. In the worst of them, girls and women are raped and trafficked as a matter of course. In many others, women have fewer legal, educational and employment rights than men. Nevertheless the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded its annual meeting in New York with a condemnation of one country, and one country only. That...
  • National Post The link between BDS and Jew hatred on campus Tuesday March 22nd, 2016
     In a Feb. 25 Facebook post, McGill student Molly Harris recounted her experience in a “Rez (residence) Project” workshop, a (mandatory) three-hour discussion on “oppression, privilege, consent and race” designed to create a “safe space” for fellow dorm students. Molly described an incident when, singled out negatively for being Jewish, she f...
  • National Post Anti-Israel crusader Max Blumenthal does not deserve the honour of a PEN Canada audience Tuesday February 23rd, 2016
    Marking Freedom to Read Week, on Wednesday,  Feb, 24, at the Toronto Reference Library, PEN Canada will present, “Embattled Truths: Reporting on Gaza,” a talk by U.S. polemicist Max Blumenthal followed by a conversation with Toronto Star foreign affairs reporter Olivia Ward. Blumenthal is blurbed in the invitation as an “acclaimed U.S. journalist” who will &l...
  • National Post Campus anti-Semitism looks to instill hatred for the long term Tuesday February 16th, 2016
    At McGill University, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) zombie has returned. For the third time in less than two years (and the fifth time in seven years), anti-Zionist crusaders are on the warpath. A motion calls on the Students Society of McGill University at their winter general assembly on Feb. 22 “to support any (BDS) campaigns on campus and to pressure the McG...
  • National Post Jewish Defence League & Montreal’s chilly welcome Friday February 20th, 2015
    Having established a successful base in Toronto seven years ago, the Jewish Defence League of Canada (JDL) is opening a branch in Montreal, announced at a launch Feb 16 attended by about 180 members of the Jewish community and others. At the launch a certain tension prevailed. Everyone there was well aware that the arrival of the JDL in Montreal had fomented much-publicized hostility to the ...
  • National Post AMCHA’s valiant defence of Israel Friday November 7th, 2014
    Global anti-Semitism is on the rise. Ground zero for the propagation of anti-Semitism is the university. On campuses everywhere, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement is allegedly directed at Israel, not Jews. But to rational observers, the disclaimer has become increasingly untenable. Hammering multiple nails into the canard’s coffin is a new book of essays on the im...
  • National Post An insider’s tell-all on the media war against Israel Wednesday September 3rd, 2014
    In the historical scheme of things, Israel’s summer war with Gaza was small potatoes. But western media, largely critical of Israel, made a banquet of it. And in the familiar way of most western media, the main course was well-roasted Israel. Anti-Zionists tend to dismiss such charges as conspiracy theories, pointing to the few pro-Zionist or even-handed publications they ins...
  • National Post The hate that feeds the war Wednesday August 13th, 2014
    As the twig is bent, so grows the tree. In every religious faith, in every ideology, leaders know that the surest route to mass compliance and unshakable faith is through the children. Get ‘em early and, if possible (in democracies it isn’t), insulate them from any competing belief system. If there is ever to be harmony between Israel and the Palestinians, it won’...
  • National Post Israeli surgeons save the lives Palestinian children as Hamas continues its rocket assault on Israel Wednesday July 16th, 2014
    Yesterday, 13 Palestinian children from Gaza and the West Bank arrived at Israel’s Wolfson Medical Center in Holon (near Tel Aviv) to undergo life-saving heart operations. After their surgeries, they will recover in the nearby Children’s Home. By now, when the sirens announcing in-coming rockets blow, the toddlers there instinctively raise their arms for the volunteers t...
  • National Post The Bedouin are blooming in the Israeli desert Wednesday November 21st, 2012
    “Beware of camels near the roads,” said a sign in Hebrew, Arabic and English as we rolled through the tawny moonscape of the Negev desert. Minutes later, as if cued, a camel appeared near the road with his owner, a figure straight out of Bible-era casting (except for the cell phone). I spent nearly all of last week in the Negev on a media mission sponsored by Ben Gurion Unive...
  • National Post An educated approach to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox dilemma Wednesday August 1st, 2012
    Today, August 1, marks the implementation of Israel’s new draft law that will end 60 years of sanctioned draft-dodging for thousands of Ultra-Orthodox men in the Haredi community. The exemption of the Haredim from military service has long been a sticking point with secular and mainstream Orthodox Israelis. But the political clout of the escalating Haredi population, now estimated ...
  • National Post Barbara Kay shares her ‘feelings’ about Israel Apartheid Week Thursday March 15th, 2012
      Members of the Jewish Defence League protest a public forum on Israel Apartheid in Toronto last year. You've all heard of "Israel Apartheid Week." But how about Israel Peace Week (IPW)? IPW is an initiative by Hasbara Fellowships, a training program that teaches students to counter anti-Israel propaganda with a positive message, summed up in its motto: "A...
  • National Post Barbara Kay shares her ‘feelings’ about Israel Apartheid Week Tuesday March 13th, 2012
    You’ve all heard of “Israel Apartheid Week.” But how about Israel Peace Week (IPW)? IPW is an initiative by Hasbara Fellowships, a training program that teaches students to counter anti-Israel propaganda with a positive message, summed up in its motto: “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” The campaigns focus on evidence of Israel’s desire fo...
  • National Post Israel’s worst enemies often come from within Wednesday February 29th, 2012
    The Vladimir Schreiber Institute of Mathematics at Tel-Aviv University. George Orwell once said, “England is the only great nation whose intellectuals are ashamed of their country.” Orwell never met Israeli intellectuals. As the Post noted in its Saturday editorial, Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) is declining in vigour on North American campuses. But at Israel’s fo...
  • National Post The genius of Lionel Davidson Wednesday December 23rd, 2009
    One of my favourite novelists died Oct. 21 at the age of 87, and it took a while before the news reached me: The British-Israeli Lionel Davidson was relatively unknown on this side of the pond, so there were no prominent obituaries or fond recollective write-ups of his extraordinary novels in the Canadian media. I was first introduced to Davidson, a three-time winner of the Crime W...
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