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]
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) sent an open letter to all three levels of the Canadian government on February 8, 2016, urging the government to take concrete action to “counter Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and discrimination” following the terror attack on the Centre culturel Islamique de Québec.
A member of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University is facing calls for his resignation after tweeting “punch a Zionist today” on February 6, 2017, reported B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights.
Hamed Shafia who, together with his polygamist father and mother, was convicted of murdering his three sisters and his father’s first wife, is taking his case to the Supreme Court to argue that he should not have been tried as an adult but rather as a young offender because at the time of the murder he was 17 years old. ...
Halifax police announced that they will not take part in this year’s Pride Parade, scheduled to take place on June 22. Officers will be permitted to participate out of uniform, but no official police floats will be allowed take part in the parade.
A new report by True North Initiative obtained exclusively by the Toronto Star, reveals that from November 2015 to December 2016 over 1.4 temporary resident applications were rejected by the Canadian government.
Suzanne Weiss is a Holocaust survivor and a Palestinian solidarity activist based in Toronto. Weiss advocates for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and accuses Canada of being “the world’s number one apologist for the Israeli government and its oppression of the Palestinians”.
Members of Holy Blossom Temple, a reform synagogue and the oldest congregation in Toronto founded in 1856 with a membership of over 7,000 people, formed a symbolic ring of protection around the Imdadul Islamic Centre in North York on Friday, February 4, 2017, while Muslim worshippers attended the weekly prayer service.
Following US President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, Canadian immigration advocates launched a petition urging Prime Minister Trudeau to rescind an agreement between Canada and the United States under which refugees arriving from the United States are prohibited from requesting asylum in Canada.
On the evening of January 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old student at Laval University, entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec and opened fire with a rifle, killing 6 men and wounding 19 others as they prayed.