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  • Despite Lack of Diplomatic Ties, Israeli Tourists Flocking to Cuba

    Israel and Cuba haven’t had diplomatic relations since 1973, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Israelis from touring the Caribbean island anyway. “We assume that at least 10,000 Israelis have already visited Cuba,” said Daniel Faians, president and CEO of Polaris Group, a large travel wholesaler and airline agent based in Tel Aviv. Overall traffic… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Mexico, Jews Hail New Law Against Anti-semitic Discrimination

    Mexican Jews are pleased that the government has begun implementing a recent law that explicitly prohibits anti-Semitic discrimination. The Federal Law to Prevent and Eliminate Discrimination — which one government official called “one of the most advanced laws of its kind” — passed unanimously in both legislative chambers in April and was signed by President… More ▸

  • Canada Oks Holocaust Day in Move Seen As Blow Against Anti-semitism

    The recent anti-Semitic remarks of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad were on many people’s minds as Canada’s Parliament unanimously passed a motion last week establishing a national Holocaust day. “The timing of this announcement could not be more appropriate,” Frank Dimant, the executive vice president of B’nai Brith Canada, said on Oct. 21. “Once again,… More ▸

  • Toronto Jews Mount Response to Jews for Jesus’ Latest Campaign

    A battle for Jewish souls is being waged across Canada’s largest city as Jewish activists here work to counter the effects of an aggressive missionary campaign launched by Jews for Jesus. The multimillion-dollar international Christian missionary group kicked off a three-week missionary campaign on Aug. 25, called Behold Your God, an intensive blitz targeting the… More ▸

  • After Planting Trees in Lebanon, Canadian Arrested for ‘israel Ties’

    An evangelical Christian from Canada faces charges in Lebanon of collaborating with Israel. Bruce Balfour, 52, who was involved with a reforestation project in Lebanon, has been imprisoned since his arrival in Beirut on July 10. He faces an Aug. 11 date before a Lebanese military tribunal. Previous information had indicated that Balfour, a resident… More ▸

  • Israel Advocates in Montreal No Longer Speak with One Voice

    A potential battle is brewing over Israel advocacy here. In the past, a group known as the Canada-Israel Committee, Quebec Region, was responsible for Israel advocacy in Montreal. That group has disbanded, and its key staff has been kept on by Montreal’s Federation CJA for its fledgling Quebec-Israel Committee, or QIC. But B’nai Brith Canada… More ▸

  • Canadian Census Data Will Provide Detailed Picture of Jewish Community

    Jewish officials hope that newly released census data will give them a more comprehensive picture of the Canadian Jewish community, helping them prepare better for the community’s future needs. UIA Federations Canada, the umbrella organization for 11 federated Jewish communities across the country, has paid about $300,000 to the federal census office, Statistics Canada, for… More ▸

  • Canadian Rabbis Divided on Ruling About Same-sex Marriage

    Reaction among Canadian rabbis to a recent Ontario appeals court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has been sharply divided along denominational lines. Support has come mostly from the Reform and Reconstructionist factions, with criticism coming mostly from the Orthodox sector. “We think that this actually strengthens the Jewish community and our society, and that… More ▸