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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]

New policy: Expediting resettlement of refugees without compromising security screening

On September 19, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued two Backgrounders dealing with refugees from Syria and Iraq. The first Backgrounder announced that CIC has implemented temporary measures to accelerate the processing of applications to sponsor Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Effective immediately, CIC will temporarily exempt Syrians and Iraqis from the requirements to provide proof of refugee status in ...

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Mississauga Mayor of “Palestinian Community” pledges $5M to settle 32 Syrian families

On September 18, 2015, Toronto Star reported that Bonnie Crombie, the Mayor of Mississauga – a suburb of Toronto and Canada’s 6th largest city – has announced plans to raise $5 million to bring 32 refugee families from Syria. Working with the group LifeLine Syria, which aims to settle at least 1,000 refugees in the Greater Toronto Area over the ...

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From Radical Anti-Zionist to Leading Pro-Israel Advocate: The Extraordinary Transformation of Kasim Hafeez

Kasim Hafeez was born in Britain to a Pakistani Muslim family. From an early age, he was exposed to radical anti-Semitic and anti-Israel ideas on a daily basis. During his teenage years, Kasim embraced a radical Islamist ideology and became very active in the anti-Israel movement. A chance encounter with Alan Dershowitz’ book “The Case for Israel” challenged Kasim’s fundamental ...

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“Legalizing wearing niqab during Oath of Citizenship ceremony goes against Canadian values”

In a controversial decision which is sure to shock the majority of Canadians who overwhelmingly oppose women wearing the Islamic full-face veil during citizenship ceremonies, on September 15, 2015 the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a government ban on face coverings while taking an oath of Canadian citizenship. The ban on the niqab during the swearing-in ceremony was introduced by ...

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StandWithUs leads the fight against antisemitism on university campuses

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, StandWithUs Canada (SWU), a leading educational and pro-Israel advocacy organization, held a screening of “Crossing the Line 2”, a new documentary about the rise of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitic rhetoric on North American university campuses, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Barbara Kay of the National Post. The stellar panel included Zina Rakhamilova, the ...

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Steve Maman responds to his critics: We will not be deterred by politics and journalists

On September 9, 2015, dozens of Canadians rallied in front of the US Consulate in Toronto in support of the persecuted Yezidis. One of the featured speakers at the rally was Steve Maman, the Canadian Jewish businessman who founded a project called the Liberation of Christian and Yezidi Children of Iraq (C.Y.C.I.) and who has been credited with saving close ...

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Canadians rally in support of Yezidis and against the Iranian nuclear deal

On Wednesday, September 9, in front of the US Consulate at University and Queen Streets, a rally took place to protest the Obama government’s proposed agreement with Iran and the relentless ISIS genocide of the Yezidi people. Featured speakers included Mirza Ismail, Chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization International; Steve Maman of The Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children ...

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Harper: “Opening the floodgates of refugees from a terrorist war zone is too great of a risk for Canada”

With just a little over a month to go before the upcoming federal elections, Prime Minister Harper was interviewed by CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge on September 7, 2015. The interview touched on a range of topics of importance to Canadians, including the economy and the Mike Duffy trial. However, in light of the recent developments in Europe, as ...

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