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is JTA's correspondent in Toronto. He was a reporter for the Canadian Jewish News for 20 years. He is currently a freelance writer for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Religion News Service in Washington. He has a journalism degree from Concordia University in Montreal and has been awarded both a Lilly and Gralla fellowship in religious journalism.

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  • Ontario passes motion rejecting BDS

    TORONTO (JTA) — Ontario has become the first Canadian province to reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, campaign against Israel. Ontario’s legislature in a 49-5 vote Dec. 1 passed a motion rejecting “the differential treatment of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.” All five opposing votes came from the left-leaning New Democratic…

  • Canada reinstates funding to UN agency that aids Palestinians

    TORONTO (JTA) — Canada’s Liberal government has reinstated funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA. Ottawa announced Wednesday that it was providing $20 million to UNRWA to support education, health and social services “for millions of vulnerable Palestinian refugees.” Also, it committed $5 million to the agency’s emergency…

  • 7 sites near University of Toronto defaced with swastikas

    TORONTO (JTA) — Swastikas were found at seven sites on and near the campus of Canada’s largest university in what appears to be two separate anti-Semitic incidents. The first three swastikas near the University of Toronto’s downtown campus were discovered late last month. Just before Yom Kippur last week, two more were discovered on a mural. Two days later,…

  • Canadian university suspends tenured professor over anti-Semitic posts

    TORONTO (JTA) — A Canadian university has suspended a professor for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and denying the Holocaust. The University of Lethbridge in Alberta announced late Wednesday that Anthony Hall has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation into possible violations of Canada’s Human Rights Act. The statement said Hall…

  • Canadian university looking to fire tenured professor over anti-Semitic posts

    TORONTO (JTA) — A Canadian university is seeking to terminate one of its professors after anti-Semitic posts appeared on his Facebook page. In a statement, the University of Lethbridge in Alberta said it has “requested” that Anthony Hall “enter into a discussion about a mutually agreed termination of [his] appointment to the university.” Hall met…

  • Jewish Israeli BDS activist requests political asylum in Canada

    TORONTO (JTA) — An Israeli activist who supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel has claimed refugee status in Canada. Gilad Paz, 34, landed at Montreal International Airport on Aug. 11 after traveling from Tel Aviv and requested political asylum. He reportedly told a Canadian asylum officer that he is a BDS and human…

  • Head of Green Party in Canada may resign over vote to support BDS

    TORONTO (JTA) — The leader of Canada’s Green Party is pondering resigning after members voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. In an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Elizabeth May said she is “struggling with the question of whether I should continue as leader or not, quite honestly,” in…

  • Canada’s Green Party votes to support BDS movement

    TORONTO (JTA) — Canada’s Green Party voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. At its convention in Ottawa over the weekend, party members endorsed the BDS movement despite the party leader’s opposition to the measure. The Green Party “supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and we continue to advocate for…

  • Former Canada Green Party candidate accused of hate speech for denying Holocaust

    TORONTO (JTA) — Human rights complaints have been filed against a former candidate for Canada’s Green Party after she posted online videos in which she denied the Holocaust occurred. The complaints were launched after two videos surfaced of Monika Schaefer, who ran for the party in Alberta. In one titled “Sorry Mom, I was wrong…

  • Canadian political leader is ‘torn’ over resolution endorsing BDS

    TORONTO (JTA) — The leader of Canada’s Green Party is “torn” over two Israel-related resolutions to be debated at the party’s convention next month. One resolution to be reviewed by party members meeting in Ottawa in August would endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The second calls on the party to pursue…