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leaders of the western world who remained silent while the Muslim Brotherhood
called for genocide against the Jews at a 5,000 person strong rally at Cairo's
most prominent Mosque last Friday.
"It is shocking to
hear the Muslim Brotherhood 'activists' vowing to, "one day kill all Jews'"
and chanting "Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Judgment Day is coming," said Rabbi
Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. "The roar of
their genocidal rants was matched only by a shocking silence of world leaders."
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Overheard at my neighbourhood cafe
Why I support
A new Starbucks opened here in the Beach (in
Toronto) just down the street from my office. My partner and I dropped in one
day, ordered our coffees and sat down but instead of having a conversation we
could not help but overhear the middle aged lady at the next table "educating"
She explained how we continue to suffer today
because of the Jews; How they brought America into the Second World War to
defeat Germany, that America had been pro-German before that but the Jews
reversed that; that Jews were fired from their jobs in 1933 Germany due to
disloyalty and they had been properly warned to stop stabbing Germany in the
back with their Zionism; how they were doing it again to America as they had
done to Europe; that they had flown 80 congressman to Israel last year all
expenses paid to further their agenda; that the Balfour Declaration gave them
Palestine when they had no right to it; that they somehow were complicit in the
Kennedy assassination; and on it went. Her friend kept saying she did not know
much about it, but the woman told her neither had she until she saw it confirmed
in three to four different sources, none I had never heard of or could remember.
I felt so sick I just left.
It was pretty horrible but also a real barometer
and an eye opener that what is happening is becoming a norm - this was in a
Starbucks but it could have been in a KKK meeting. It makes me appreciate how
important the work FSWC does battling hate and racism and ignorance and why I am
such a strong supporter.
November 20, 2011
Our Students Write. . .
FSWC received the following letter from teachers in involved with a special
Humanitarian and Environmental Stewardship program (HELP) in the Dufferin-Peel
Catholic School Board after attending a "Genocide and the Power of Action"
wanted to take the opportunity on behalf of myself and students
articulate our heartfelt gratitude to you all at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal
Centre for such an extraordinarily enriching, informative and touching workshop
and discussion. Due to the very nature of the HELP program, we are out
frequently assisting with and learning from the greater community but rarely
have I seen the students as moved as they were following this experience.
all of us, thank you immensely. I greatly look forward to returning soon.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
416.864.9735 x 32
THE WAIT IS OVER!
2012 SPIRIT OF HOPE SPEAKERS ARE ANNOUNCED
Paul & Judy Bronfman
The warm and welcoming home of Spirit of Hope 2012 Co-Chairs Judy and Paul
Bronfman was the venue for the most exciting announcement of the year as an
intimate group of high level Friends of Simon Wiesenthal (FSWC) donors gathered
to learn the names of this year's Spirit of Hope panelists.
And what an exciting group of speakers it is! Designed to build on the energy
and exhilaration of the upcoming US Presidential campaign, the speakers will
debate the following topic:
Be it Resolved
The world is safer under President Obama
Speaking on behalf of the Republican
side will be Governor Mike Huckabee, political commentator, host of Huckabee on
Fox News, former Governor of Arkansas and a past Republican presidential
candidate as well as Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor
to former US President George W. Bush, Fox News contributor and Wall Street
The Democratic side will feature James Carville, a Democratic political pundit,
regular CNN contributor
Judy & Paul Bronfman welcome guests to their home
and commentator who was the lead political
strategist for former US President Bill Clinton, as well as a Mystery Guest yet
to be announced.
Ben Mulroney will act as Moderator for the event, while a great deal of buzz
surrounded the exciting news that Kim Mitchell will perform at the Major Gifts
Prior to the
announcement Paul Bronfman remarked the Spirit of Hope Benefit has become a
milestone event in the community, noting, "People really plan their season
around the Spirit of Hope event. . . we're gonna rock!"
FSWC ACTION UPDATE!
FSWC INCREASES UNIVERSITY PRESENCE
In response to the construction of a student government- approved
"apartheid wall" in mid-November by the group Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights at the University of
Western Ontario, FSWC has contacted the
university's administration for its reaction to this most recent provocation to
In the ongoing fight against anti-Israel incitement and antisemitism at
universities across Canada, FSWC continues to partner with students and Jewish
campus professionals to confront ongoing activities by groups opposed to the
existence of the Jewish State and intent on intimidating Jewish students.
Our efforts to speak with university students and administrations on
campuses across Canada help us learn more about the atmosphere at their
universities, the level of anti-Israel activity and the actions being taken to
fight against hate. Through meetings with students and consultations with
professional Jewish campus staff, FSWC is working on developing strategies and
harnessing our resources to assist students according to their needs and to
involve them in making a positive contribution by countering intolerance and
Despite the fall semester winding down and students starting their exam
period, events organized by radical campus groups continue to target Israel and
propagate antisemitism. Although these events (Including the following below)
mainly target already radicalized extremists, it is crucial to be aware that
they are taking place regularly on our campuses.
- A presentation by Wahida Valiante, the Chair and National President of the
Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) at a University of Toronto women's Multi-Faith
Symposium titled "Sharing our History - Building our Future". The CIC has
previously been identified as anti-semitic by Immigration and Multiculturalism
Minister Jason Kenney.
- The University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is
hosting a seminar this weekend titled "Palestine, key to the Arab Revolt against
imperialist domination" conducted by Canadian Trotskyites as part of "The 4th
Annual Toronto Socialist Action Trotsky School."
- A Boycott Israel Apartheid Campaign group at the University of British Columbia
is conducting an event called "Ghetto Palestine" featuring Canadian journalist
Jon Elmer. He is virulently anti-Israel and has sympathized with recognized
terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, referring to its
members in jail for murdering an Israeli cabinet minister as "political
DESPITE THREATS, MOSHE
ARENS REMAINS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL
Moshe Arens, former Israeli
Defense and Foreign Minister and former Israeli Ambassador to the US, professed
his optimism to an overflow crowd at an FSWC-sponsored community event at the
Beth Sholom synagogue in late November.
Moshe Arens speaks with David Akin on
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While noting that "terrorism is endemic in the Middle East," and that there is
currently a campaign of delegitimization against the country, he pointed to
positive signs as well, insisting, "The Jewish people are defenseless no more."
Despite the threat of a nuclear Iran, Mr. Arens explained, "Israel is not alone
and Israel should not be alone. Although the clock is ticking and progress is
being made. . . in the US, Canada and in Britain they realize Iran is a problem
for everybody and everybody needs to deal with that."
THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS RISING AND APPEASEMENT IS NOT AN OPTION
By Rabbi Abraham Cooper in Fox News
How would the media and politicians react if 5,000 "activists" chanted
"death to Jews" outside a City Hall in your community?
How would European religious leaders react if neo-Nazis packed the Cologne
Cathedral or Notre Dame to threaten Muslims, Jews and gays?
We all know the answer: Loud and sustained protests of "Not on our
But last Friday, Egypt's ascendant Muslim Brotherhood provided a foretaste
of their definition religious tolerance during a rally convened at Cairo's most
prominent mosques. 5,000 people joined a rally where the chant "one day we shall
kill all the Jews " echoed time and again along with "Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv
Judgment Day is coming."
READ MORE. . .
NEW SIMON WIESENTHAL REPORT
Storm Warnings: The Muslim Brotherhood and
After a round of deadly violence, an estimated 80% of Egyptians peacefully
voted in the first round of parliamentary elections.
The results are a blow to those who hoped for a transition to a democratic civil
society. Media reports indicate that early returns show the Muslim Brotherhood's
political front group - the Democratic Alliance for Egypt - appears to have won
as much as 45% of the vote with another 20 - 25% gained by the Islamic Bloc, the
political arm of the Salafis. Despite some differences, both the Brotherhood and
the Salifis share an Islamist ideology permeated with hatred of both the Israel
and the United States.
What are the implications of an Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood?
CLICK HERE to read "Storm Warnings: The
Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's Future," an SWC report that exposes the
Muslim Brotherhood for what it is: an enemy of democracy and peace.