A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government help

Notorious art thief John Mark Tillmann managed to get two levels of government to rename a waterway just to torment Jewish neighbours

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government helpShould the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S., (pop. 11,526) is a community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s a lovely spot and the locals are nice. If you go hiking on a trail in the area, you may spot…

Tackling conflict in the Middle East cauldron

The importance of human dignity, forgiveness of our enemies, destroying prejudice and living together in peace

Tackling conflict in the Middle East cauldronAs a third-generation Arab-Canadian, I’ve long been troubled by the conflicts in the Middle East. When I read about riots, fighting, hatred and killing in the land of my ancestors, I experience an odd mix of emotions. Sadness, anger and love all broil inside me, demanding to be heard. My Syrian grandfather left Aleppo and…

The lasting – and troubling – legacy of Martin Luther

It’s now 500 years since Luther threw down the gauntlet, taking on the power of the papacy in an era predating the separation of church and state

The lasting – and troubling – legacy of Martin LutherWhen I was a child in 1950s Catholic Ireland, Martin Luther had a nasty reputation. If not viewed as the devil incarnate, he was certainly seen as a deeply dodgy fellow. And it wasn’t uncommon to hear the tale of his alleged “bad death” put forward as proof of his iniquity. The whole story, of…

Canada’s enduring legacy of power, politics and racism

Canadians, of all political stripes, are not any less racist than their American neighbours

Canada’s enduring legacy of power, politics and racismPop quiz time. 1. At an election rally, Ku Klux Klan member J.F. Bryant is joined onstage by a confident young lawyer, who rails against those who speak other languages. Who was the young lawyer? 2. A politician travels abroad to meet a murderous, anti-Semitic fascist boss. The politician rhapsodizes about the fascist leader, calling him “eminently…

Zundel’s foul legacy of persistent, organized hatred

We must never forget. We must never falter. We must never stop fighting the purveyors of hate and lies

Zundel’s foul legacy of persistent, organized hatredHell just got a little more crowded. Some might consider that inappropriate. “About the dead, nothing but good should be said,” goes the Yiddish proverb. But when the deceased in question is Ernst Zundel, a distinction needs to be made. Because when the list of monsters is drawn up one day, Zundel will have achieved…

Standing firm against a rising tide of anti-Semitism

The way to combat these racist abominations is to speak truth, and to speak it persistently in a loud and unified voice

Standing firm against a rising tide of anti-SemitismJust when we thought we had advanced as a society, putting disgraceful intolerance behind us and embracing and celebrating our ethnic diversity, we realize we still have a long way to go. The Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver received bomb threats on March 8 and March 12. These threats coincide with other anti-Semitic behaviour and…

Lesson from the tragedy of the MS St. Louis

We turned away a ship full of gifted souls, ready and willing to use their talents for the betterment of Canada, before because of our irrational fears

Lesson from the tragedy of the MS St. LouisHistory too often repeats itself, to the detriment of us all. In the months before the start of the Second World War, more than 900 Jews boarded the MS St. Louis in Hamburg harbour in hopes of escaping the racism of Nazi Germany. All of these people had witnessed Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and…

Maximum disruption, promise made and promise kept

Trump adviser Steve Bannon wants precisely the kind of chaos we're now witnessing, to bring the establishment crashing down

Maximum disruption, promise made and promise keptLet's make one thing clear: I am not defending Donald Trump. But I've got a couple observations to pass along that may give that impression. If so, my apologies in advance. That's not my intention. First observation: Sorry, folks, but Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do, from the earliest days of his candidacy. The…

Your party’s anti-Israeli resolution is aimed at you, Ms. May

There is an argument to be made that the Green Party is anti-Semitic

Your party’s anti-Israeli resolution is aimed at you, Ms. MayDear Green Party leader Elizabeth May: You seem like a good person. You seem to be honest. You are the kind of thoughtful person we need in public life. So, you should quit. Now, that may sound a little contradictory. But it isn't at all. Because the problem with the Green Party of Canada isn't…