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Author Archives: Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
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]

UBC student going to court over referendum calling for divestment from Israeli companies

A student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is petitioning the Supreme Court of Canada to stop the Alma Mater Society at UBC from putting forward a referendum question to the members of the student union which supports the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Three in four Canadians favour testing immigrants for “Canadian values”

A startling result from a new poll conducted by CROP for Radio-Canada between January 27-29 revealed that, in spite of heavy criticism from the Liberals and some Conservatives, 74 per cent of 2,513 people surveyed said they are in favour of screening potential immigrants for “Canadian values” as was proposed by Conservative leadership hopeful MK Kellie Leitch. In Quebec, the ...

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Following bomb threats, BC government announces funding for Jewish community’s security

On March 13, 2017, the BC government announced a contribution of $100,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, to be used for additional security for British Columbia’s 26,000 Jews following two bomb threats last week which targeted the Jewish community centre.

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Vancouver Jewish centre receives bomb threats for the second time in one week

For the second time this week, the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCC) had to evacuate after receiving an email bomb threat on Sunday morning. The centre reopened after the building was cleared by the Vancouver Police who are investigating both threats. Eldad Goldfarb Michelle Pollock, Executive Director and President of Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, posted on ...

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Jews form a human chain around an Islamic Community Centre in Vaughan, Ontario

More than 100 people formed a “ring of peace” outside of the Jaffari Community Centre in Vaughan, Ontario on March 3 while the congregants attended Friday prayers inside the mosque. The human chain commemorated the January 29 killing by Alexandre Bissonnette of 6 Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec City. The event was a collaborative effort of Neshamah Congregation ...

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