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Justin Trudeau attends Hanukkah celebrations on Parliament Hill. Photo: PMO pm.gc.ca

PM Trudeau greets Jewish community on Hanukkah

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement to mark the beginning of Hanukkah on December 24, 2016:

At sunset today, the Jewish community in Canada and around the world will welcome the beginning of Hanukkah, the 8-day Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah commemorates the struggle of the Jewish people to overcome adversity, and to find light in times of unspeakable suffering. It teaches us that peace can reign triumphant and that, by working together, we can build a brighter, better world for ourselves and our children.

To mark this occasion, family and friends will gather to pray, sing, and light the menorah. They will enjoy food and tell stories of hopefulness and optimism.

On behalf of Sophie and our three children, I invite all our country’s citizens to reflect on the immense contributions that Jewish Canadians make to our nation, and wish all those celebrating a happy and peaceful Hanukkah.”

Chag Hanukkah Sameach”

Unlike the statement from the Conservative Party which recognized the Jews as indigenous people of Israel by referring to a group of Jewish believers who “overcame persecution and courageously repelled their oppressors, liberating Jerusalem and reclaiming the Holy Temple”, Trudeau, did not mention the Temple Mount, Jerusalem or land of Israel. The Jewish history in Jerusalem was summarized in one sentence as only “the struggle of the Jewish people to overcome adversity, and to find light in times of unspeakable suffering”.

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About 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 ilana@canada-israel.org

15 comments

  1. He needs to recognize Israel today but that might clash with his Liberal narrative.

  2. Yay Trudeau!
    Love the guy

  3. He is playing ‘I care for you game ‘.. it’s all for the 2017 election , he so wants the pension …. Mr.Trump is causing him distress as well because after that UN vote against Israel the Jews in Canada know who their friend is , and it’s not him… that puts a 🙂 on my face.

  4. I ALSO WITNESSED HIM IN A WHITE ROBE AT A MOSQUE TAKING /SPEAKING THE LEGIENCE ON LINE VIDEO THE CHANT TO CONVERT TO ISLAM LIKE HIS BROTHER

  5. A WALKING TOLD WHAT TO DO DROID IS WHAT JUSTIN IS .

  6. the Canadian people are sick of you as the USA was a sick of Obama. Germany is sick of Merkel you are done soon pal done

  7. Confusing – Mr. jihad Muslim lover now sucking up to the Jewish people….. man oh man is he ever confused !

  8. Dont trust this guy israel.

  9. IPOCRIT. I WOULDN’T. BELIEVE. THIS TRAITOR.

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