Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]
On May 19, 2017, members of the Teaching Support Staff Union at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia defeated an anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) referendum, which would have included a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, reported StandWithUs Canada.
On June 22, 2017, Beit Halochem Canada which provides rehabilitation services to 51,000 disabled Israeli veterans and victims of terror through several rehabilitation centres in Israel, will hold its annual Celebration of Life Concert, showcasing Israeli musical talent and heroic stories of strength, determination, and triumph.
Thousands of enthusiastic supporters of Israel ran and walked during the 47th annual UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Walk with Israel, the largest event of its kind in Canada and second largest pro-Israel event in the Jewish diaspora. Participants included families, students, charitable organizations and churches.
On May 4, 2017, the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada announced that effective June 1, 2017, asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt and Yemen will eligible to claim refugee status in Canada by skipping lengthy judicial hearings. Syria, Iraq and Eritrea are already on the list of the Policy on the Expedited Processing of ...
On May 8, 2017 B’nai Brith Canada, a leading Jewish human rights advocacy organization, released its 35th edition of the Annual Audit of anti-Semitic Incidents, a definitive study on anti-Semitism in Canada.
On May 8, 2017 Prime Minister Trudeau paid tribute to Holocaust survivors when he delivered a keynote speech at the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa alongside Leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose and Leader of the NDP Thomas Mulcair.