Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

Trashy's World: For those Canadians who think that the election of Trump is of no matter to us…

… wake up. I have literally no patience for those people anymore. Zero. He has emboldened racists everywhere. Even in my own backyard. A Synagogue not far from where I live and even closer to my kid’s school was defiled with anti-Jewish and racist slop the other night. This Synagogue is a special place for ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Embolden Bigots in Canada?

Yesterday we read Kinsella’s post about a white power, Alt.Right handbill posted in his neighbourhood. Today we have an account from CBC Ottawa of a woman, Anna Maranta, a rabbi no less, who awakened in the early hours of Tuesday morning to find a swastika and the word “kike” spray painted across the front door ...

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Elizabeth May Regarding BDS

Dear Elizabeth May, Please don’t resign over Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. Far from being “polarizing, ineffective and unhelpful,” the BDS movement seeks to employ moderate, non-violent means (i.e. boycotts and other economic measures) to pressure Israel to end its decades-long occupation of Palestinian land. Originating in 2005 with a call to action by 170 grassroots ...

Left Over: The MSM Semantics of anti-Semitism…

ANALYSIS Has the activist left decided anti-Semitism doesn’t exist?: Neil Macdonald History, detail and nuance often ignored in modern political discourse By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 6:28 AM ET To answer your  question, Neil,  no, as a matter of fact, if  you were to ...

wRanter.com: Gaffes and ‘anti-Semitism’ on the campaign trail

In the Sept. 17 Globe and Mail leaders’ debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made reference to “old-stock Canadians” in defending his government’s policy on health care for refugees and immigrants, saying it had only denied care to bogus claimants. “We do not offer them a better health-care plan than the ordinary Canadian can receive,” Harper ...

wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave

One of the questions I posed in this space a few weeks ago was: who will be the next big-name Jewish MP? With apologies to Joe Oliver, Canada’s first Jewish federal finance minister, what I may subconsciously have been asking is who will be the next Irwin Cotler, now that the 75-year-old Mount Royal Liberal ...

somecanuckchick dot com: These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind… Intolerance Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie Alexandre Boulerice says the NDP is against the niqab! [VIDEO, en français!] Mégantic—L’Érable Jean-François Delisle says the NDP should reopen Constitution to deal with the niqab. FYI Jean-François Delisle has backed off his initial statement that the NDP should reopen the ...

drive-by planet: "Anti-Semitic" troll on Common Dreams site turns out to be Jewish Harvard grad

The progressive news website Common Dreams offers stellar content on a regular basis. It has been fearless and honest in its coverage of Israel and in so doing has attracted negative attention, including simulated anti-Semitic commentary. In a recent published report the site notes that such anti-Semitic posts “have been so frequent and intense they ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Will Harper’s Red Scare Become the Pink Blush of Embarrassment?

“The development of mutually advantageous and constructive relations with Israel in the political, economic, humanitarian and other fields was and will remain the priority of Russia’s foreign policy.” — President Vladimir Putin Journalist Jered Feldschreiber wrote recently of the friendly relationship between Russia and Israel, despite the fact that Putin was selling arms to nations ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper’s Balancing Act : How to Accept Anti-Semitism Abroad While Making a Mockery of it at Home

Gaitana, born Gaita-Lurdes Essami, is a beautiful Ukrainian singer and songwriter, who had represented her country in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest; Europe’s answer to American Idol. Not everyone was happy with Ukraine’s choice, however. Yuriy Syrotyuk, a high-ranking member of the ultranationalist Svoboda (Freedom) Party, claimed that “Gaitana is not an organic representative of ...

drive-by planet: Leaflet targeting Jews in Donetsk ‘a political hoax’: anti-Semitism as a propaganda tool

Below left: Donetsk synagogue /  Below right: Chief Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski holding anti-Semitic leaflet Anti-Semitism has a long and ugly history in Ukraine. During the current conflict between the interim Kiev government and regional pro-Russian movements in the east, anti-Semitic incidents have been used as a propaganda tool. An example of this was the recent ...

drive-by planet: John Kerry steps up

drive-by planet: Israel, Harper back unelected Kiev government: anti-Semitism and far-right nationalism downplayed

  Top: Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok in group shot with Canada’s John Baird / Lower left: Tyahnybok in action / Lower right: Svoboda parade Stephen Harper’s visit to Ukraine this week is the first by any G7 leader since the coup that saw the overthrow of Yanukovych. Harper is a big backer of the unelected ...

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Kid Ourselves. We’re Backing Anti-Semitic Fascists.

Your Country is on Their Side The Guardian’s Seumas Milne dismembers the rank hypocrisy of our position on Ukraine, the role we played in creating this crisis and the villainous cutthroats we’re backing. Diplomatic pronouncements are renowned for hypocrisy and double standards. But western denunciations of Russian intervention in Crimea have reached new depths of ...

Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.) You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to be. Here ...

drive-by planet: Palestinian legislator Ahmad Tibi slams Harper’s postion on Israel as "unbalanced" and "right of Likud": why Tibi gets it right

Ahmad Tibi, the Palestinian legislator who walked out of Stephen Harper’s Knesset speech said in an interview with CBC’s Evan Solomon that Harper’s views on Israel were “unbalanced” and “right of Likud.” Sounds pretty accurate. Harper’s views are indeed extreme even by some Israeli standards and certainly more extreme than most average Canadians on the ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Dark Face of European Anti-Semitism

I am a regular critic of Israel, particularly its policies and acts toward the Palestinians and its destabilizing nuclear arsenal.  One cannot speak of these things without inviting accusations of anti-semitism plainly intended to stifle critics. Anti-semitism does, however, remain a real and ongoing challenge to us all and to our hopes for a better ...

Song of the Watermelon: On Israel and Apartheid

Message on a wall at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Last month, university students and activists around the world marked Israeli Apartheid Week, an annual series of lectures and protests designed to bring attention to the plight of Palestinians, and as usual, the condemnations were heavy and hyperbolic. Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, obscuring ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Granting No Quarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon

As a follow-up to the last post, which was a public statement endorsed by over a hundred anti-imperialists, condemning the views of Gilad Atzmon, i am also re-posting this statement by 23 Palestinian activists, “Granting No Quarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon”. This statement was first posted ...

Song of the Watermelon: On Ezra Levant’s Victimhood

I have been blogging for nearly four months now, and am embarrassed to admit that — contrary to firmly established best blogging practices — I have yet to engage in the art of personal attack. Today, I intend to correct this error and make the anonymous overlords of the blogarchy proud. The target of my ...

US right’s new fight against Sandra Fluke: her boyfriend is a Jew!

Jew and Jew lover The right has been very upset at Sandra Fluke. What has most pissed off the right about Fluke is that Americans have not approved of the sexist comments about Fluke from the right’s leader, Rush Limbaugh. The lack of support for both Limbaugh and the right’s untenable position on birth control ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Not Quite "Ordinary Human Beings"—Anti-imperialism and the anti-humanist rhetoric of Gilad Atzmon

[This is a statement signed by almost one hundred anti-imperialists and organizations denouncing the Israeli-born jazz musician Gilad Atzmon for his antisemitism, and asking our fellow progressives to not promote him or his works. The list of endorsements included here is accurate as of March 9, 2012; an updated list will be maintained on the ...

From Orangutan: Dear Protesters against Israel,

This video encourages thinking, something that some of you who are caught in the spirit of a movement in which you feel included, forget to do.