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  • To Delight of Israel Supporters, Canada Finally Comes off the Fence

    After more than a decade of studied neutrality that Israel supporters felt benefited the Jewish state’s enemies, the Canadian government is displaying the shift in its Middle East policy that it long has talked about. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s declaration last week that Israel has a right to defend itself from attacks by Hamas and… More ▸

  • As Mexico Awaits Final Vote Result, Jews, Like Others, Watch and Wait

    Mexico’s Jewish community is keeping a low profile in the wake of contentious presidential elections, taking a wait-and-see attitude as the runner-up challenges the results by claiming electoral manipulation. In line with the community’s conservative tradition, the bulk of Mexico’s approximately 35,000 Jewish voters are believed to have cast their ballots July 2 for Felipe… More ▸

  • Young Jewish Author Talks About Influence of Immigrant Life in Canada

    David Bezmozgis, the young writer described recently as a “one-man shock-and-awe invasion of North American literature” sits on a plaza on the edge of Bar-Ilan University’s leafy campus and in his calm, steady voice talks about identity. “I feel the opposite of wherever I am,” says the author. In Canada, where he immigrated with his… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Montreal University Leads Fight to Recover Nazi-looted Artworks

    A Montreal university is trying to recover a trove of Nazi-looted art. Concordia University, one of three educational institutions that inherited the holdings of the late European art collector Max Stern, is intensifying efforts to recover all of Stern’s art stolen by the Nazis. Stern ran an art gallery in Dusseldorf in the 1930s, but… More ▸

  • Anti-semitism Stays High in Canada Since 9/11 Attacks, Says New Report

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents remained high in Canada in 2005, according to a new study, continuing a deterioration that began after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. There were 829 anti-Semitic incidents reported in Canada in 2005, a slight decline from the peak of 857 in 2004, according to the annual audit of anti-Semitic… More ▸

  • Displaced Gush Katif Settlers Get Help from Toronto Project

    Eran Sternberg used to live a prosperous life in the picturesque bloc of Gaza settlements called Gush Katif. Today, more than five months after the settlements were evacuated, he is unemployed and residing in a crammed mobile home that is prone to water leaks. “It’s not a good feeling to be in this mobile house,”… More ▸

  • Jews Look for Pro-israel Turn As Conservatives Win Canadian Vote

    With Canada’s Conservative Party poised to take power for the first time in 12 years, Jewish leaders anticipate that the new government will take a firmer stance against Israel-bashing at the United Nations and play a larger role in fostering Israeli-Palestinian peace. “There is an expectation that a Conservative government will take a somewhat more… More ▸

  • Jewish Candidate, Organizations Begin Canadian Election Homestretch

    For Richard Marceau, the upcoming Canadian election marks the fourth time he has run as a candidate for the separatist Bloc Quebecois — but the first time that he does so as a Jew. The 35-year-old Quebec City politician has a Jewish wife and converted to Judaism only last summer, yet he already understands that… More ▸