• AB

    This is a very well- balanced and interesting article. Well done.

  • truthdareisay

    If only the North American Jews would have spoken out more right before and during WW2 – would have made more noise, would have pushed for bombing of the railway tracks. And this damn “I am a better Jew than you business better stop, CIJA. Everyone who plays a part in letting their views known to the media is playing an important role. Not one Jew is above the other when it comes to fighting anti-Semitism so get off you elitist tushies and think of a way we can all unite! If we can not unite, at least respect what other people are doing to confront anti-Semitism – the worst now coming from Islamists right here in Toronto. Try not only sitting in the synagogues, come out and hear what the pro-Hamas groups are saying… it might shock you to actually work with all other Jewish groups!

  • Dave

    The JDL’s work in exposing anti-semetic organization’s and other such groups that fund terror is very important for the community and has had a proven track record. Counter demonstrating against terrorist sympathizers is very important. Hamas and isis supporters must be opposed and should not be allowed to spread their ideology of hate freely and without opposition on the streets of Toronto. I would like to see other organizations that help out with security at these types of events. But there are none that help with this. Do the leaders of the community want peaceful Israel supporters to be clobbered and pummeled by violent Muslim anti-semites as they have on the streets of Montreal and Calgary? With the JDL that won’t be happening in the streets of Toronto. I support their expansion to other cities like Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.

  • kingqueen

    The Jewish community has to stop coming to rallies at synagogues and marching up Bathurst Street on a Wednesday night…….show up at the JDL counter-protests at Palestine House and Muslim hate-fests to tell the Jew-haters that they do not own the streets of our city and it is necessary to video the hate-filled rhetoric to show the entire country what the true aim of these Islamic groups and even the unions who help them on the streets. CUPE organized the last Muslim protest in front of the Israeli embassy. It was obvious that the “volunteers” were CUPE and they brought the state-of-the-art sound system which was for the benefit of Sid Ryan and his anti-semitic speech…….the only way he could get such a crowd.
    Our Muslim friends shouted “Go back to Germany where you came from” and “Then the ovens can finish the job”……..it is not just Israel…..it is Israel first and then the rest of us!! Wake up!!!
    Only the JDL stands up to them……CIJA is raising money for executive salaries and drinking coffee at nice meetings…..

  • Howard_Rotberg

    Bernie Farber once again is wrong, wrong, wrong. He helped focus the old CJC on skinheads instead of the very real threat of Islamists. He ignored the inherent threat to Jews from the Islamists and failed to help those of us who understood the problem. When I was attacked at a lecture about my pro-Israel novel, The Second Catastrophe, at a Chapters store by Islamists with the store employee in charge a member of the Muslim Brotherhood supported Muslim Students Association, Farber would not help. It didn’t fit his ideological predisposition as a good left-liberal, with a nice earing to show his leftist credibility. We had a chance to take a stand early on about the Islamist threat to Jews, but Farber wouldn’t help. That is why I say that Meir Weinstein and his fellow activists in the JDL are head and shoulders above Farber and now the folks at CIJA.
    Shah-shtil is the wrong way. JDL is the right way. NEVER AGAIN means we fight the plans for a Second Holocaust by the Islamists, not sit back, like Farber and his ilk and badmouth the Jews who are doing the tough work on the street. Farber will never change, but the rest of the world has changed and he should be ashamed of himself. The weakness of leaders of Diaspora Jews from Britain to France to Canada to the United States have shown why we need a strong Israel.
    Read http://www.scragged.com/articles/how-i-became-a-banned-author-in-canada

  • TerrorIsEvil

    ““Much of their focus is on Canadian Muslims and Islam, and they support known bigots – including [U.S. anti-Islamic activists] Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Anyone who takes an anti-Islam stance of any kind, they embrace.””

    Bernie Farber considers people to be bigots if they speak out against jihad, beheading, misogyny, stoning, terrorism, anti-Semitism, crucifixions, suicide bombings, missile strikes and mass murder using terror tunnels against Israelis, kidnapping, forced conversions, female genital genital mutilation, totalitarianism, Islamic fascism, conquest, etc.

    Look around, Bernie, and take the blinders off! And please, please do not tell Jews not to defend themselves and speak out against the new Nazis – Islamists who are rampaging through the Middle East, Europe and starting to do so in North America (recall 9/11, Bern?)

    The Jewish community has been kept in the dark by Farber and his ilk and they are just beginning to see how dreadful things have become under the leadership of those whose sha shtil politics, emphasis on preventing Lashon hara and promoting Tikkun olam (and equivocating and hand-wringing over Israel’s survival in order to see the world from the eyes of our enemies and side with them in some respects).

    Dialogue, attending Eid dinners where the map of Israel has been erased, going to speak with the most radical Imams in the Islamic community to pander and genuflect to their every wish and command will not cut it, Bern. Scorning those who demand action makes you look like a fool but nothing you do will prevent those with the backbone and courage to defend the Jewish people.

    Recall Steven Wise who tried to stop Hillel Kook from protesting the fate of Nazi victims in Europe?…Never Again means that we will not listen to a later day Steve Wise (like Bernie Farber) – we will support the strength and determination of the memory of Hillel Kook.

    Bern, you are not sophisticated, you are a fool – a fool who knowingly or not wants to harm the Jewish community!

    • truthdareisay

      Very well said! Bernie is great for the Roma. Bernie does not represent me and I wish the media would learn he is NOT a spokesman for many in the Jewish community.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        Bern is basically an opportunistic
        freelance activist for any community he and his leftists deem worthy of his
        attention. There is a pecking order and Islamists are now at the top in terms of the untouchable scale and, as a result, they must never be on the receiving end of criticism
        or else all hell breaks loose. We who point out Islamic violence and
        anti-Semitism, jihad, misogyny, intolerance, etc., are called Islamophobes or bigots. Jews are now at the bottom of
        the leftist scale of justice and we are being vilified and demonized as never
        before with the complicity and through the actions of the leftists on behalf of
        the Islamists. The leftists all loyally rally behind their new leader in Canada,
        Justin Trudeau. CIJA support the Liberal Party uncritically and unabashedly
        even when Trudeau visits wahabi Mosques in Montreal (and Rabbi Reuben Poupko is
        a prime example of CIJA mentality). CIJA is now, in my opinion, a political
        branch/arm of the Liberal Party. Bern is having a hard time fitting in, finding his place
        and footing after his rancorous breakup from the CJC. The CJN and others have a
        hard time breaking old habits like consulting with him on every matter
        pertaining to the affairs of the Jewish community…he only speaks for himself
        and sometimes he does so under the aegis of and with his new employers in mind –
        gaining advantage for other associated interests and activism that sometimes collides with and goes against Jewish and Israel interests.

  • Daniel Moshe Johnson

    One thing is clear, Islam is an outlaw, non modern ideology, that is cleary a threat to democracies and the world order, and it should be abolished as a doctrine of hate, not a religion. Canada host scores of citizens who stand as Islamic reps of the terror organizations in the Middle East, the article and most of Farbers quotes seem to ignore the relative hate present against Jews in Canada and the world. One is either naive or living in a building that only has windows on the left side of the world to not know this!

    The JDL, an organization made up of vast amounts of individuals who love Israel, Torah and our democratic values, they are for the most part business people with companies, families and jobs, they arefused not street hoodlums as the article tries to suggest, the real street hoodlums are in many government seats, law enforcement, organizations and of course Wall St., well heck, theres still a billion dollars missing from the Ontario Liberal Party chest!

    I’m a member of the JDL ROC, which is a riders club, eith several members who support the JDL. JDL ROC ” Riders of Canada has a chapter in Holland JDL ROH ” Riders of Holland; the Jewish community in the EU, namely Holland, is in a chaotic situation beyond Mr. Farbers imagination, our brothers there ride to safe guard the community in imagery and assist the authorities as well. Our revues consist of some holocaust survivors, who told us personally, it makes them feel safe and proud that Jews have bike clubs riding proud with the Magen Dawid, and they wish we were around in the 30’s.

    Any case, the JDL doesn’t need an approval rating to stand for the cause of Judaism and the state of Israel, every Jew should feel the same, its apart of the democractic sovereign solace, that we seek to protect and be vigilant and vocal about.

    Canadian Arab stand together on one accord, because they know our own Talmudic parsha more than many of us-
    “TO MANY CAPTAINS WILL SINK THE SHIP”

    To many that don’t know Torah, that don’t know war, that don’t know Jewish Law, are ready to line you up at the request of the local law enforcement, to potentially march you quietly to the left to a Global established Sharia.

    The JDL and those like-minded will not submit.
    CIJA is a political Jewish organization, well so is the Mossad, which one will I trust to protect my life.

    Ha ha

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Bern is basically an opportunistic freelance activist for any community he and his leftists deem worthy of his attention. There is a pecking order and Islamists are now at the top in terms of the untouchable scale and, as a result, they must never be on the receiving end of criticism
    or else all hell breaks loose.

    We who point out Islamic violence and anti-Semitism, jihad, misogyny, beheadings, intolerance, etc., are called Islamophobes or bigots. Jews are now at the bottom of the leftist scale of justice and we are being vilified and demonized as never before with the complicity and through the actions of the leftists on behalf of the Islamists.

    The leftists all loyally rally behind their new leader in Canada, Justin Trudeau. CIJA support the Liberal Party uncritically and unabashedly even when Trudeau visits wahabi Mosques in Montreal (and Rabbi Reuben Poupko is a prime example of CIJA mentality). CIJA is now, in my opinion, a political branch/arm of the Liberal Party.

    Bern is having a hard time fitting in, finding his place and footing after his rancorous breakup from the CJC. The CJN and others have a hard time breaking old habits like consulting with him on every matter pertaining to the affairs of the Jewish community…he only speaks for himself
    and sometimes he does so under the aegis of and with his new employers in mind –
    gaining advantage for other associated interests and activism that sometimes collides with and goes against Jewish and Israel interests.

  • Sassy

    Dear readers: Don’t believe the greedy, egotistical haters quoted in this article. Hell, don’t even believe the pro-JDL commenters! The JDL has open meetings every single week and all are welcome. Go meet them, see what they have to say and what they stand for and make up your own minds. You’ll be hard pressed to find a group of men and women more intelligent, informed, kind and righteous. Jews, Christians, Hindus, atheists — all kinds of folks with a love for Israel, the Jewish people, freedom and democracy. If you’ve believed the slander from mainstream Jewish groups until now, I’m willing to bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    • Waffle

      Sassy: good advice, however, in my opinion (hope I’m wrong) is that few will bother to leave the comfort of their living rooms and come out and see/hear for themselves.

      In my experience as an active canvasser at election time, (CPC, of course) I find too many who rely on the opinion of others to direct their votes. Same thing with matters affecting the Jewish community.

      I’ve also found that those who scream Lashon Hara the loudest are those most guilty of it.

  • Helen200k

    According to B’nai Brith’s Frank Dimant, “any Jewish group operating within the law has a right to exist and be part of the Jewish mosaic.” Would Dr. Frank include anti-Israel groups like Independent Jewish Voices in that statement?

  • Jennifer Badani

    Dear Editor

    When
    I was told that the CJN has publishes an article on the JDL, I have had
    hopes that finally someone will present this , present day, organisation in its
    full glory, that it deserves.

    Frankly, I was very disappointed, and upset
    .

    I will attempt to add some details and
    facts grossly omitted, or perhaps even willfully neglected in the article penned by Ron
    Csillag.

    But before, let me deal with the critics of
    the JDL and its credibility.

    While our hero (to be a king) David has
    slayed a Philistynian giant Goliah to
    support Jews, Bernie Farber has brought a Canadian Jewish Congress, as its CEO,
    to the demise, living Jews in Canada with the absence of the leadership.

    Subsequent to that he has become a
    (potential) candidate of a party (Liberal) whose leader openly supports Muslim.
    By being a keynote speaker on their convention, visits mosques, and voices
    opinions in the support of terrorist, sharing the name with the enemy Jewish
    have had during Davidic times (note to the reader Joshua Ram).

    Now that we have established that that the
    opinion of this detractor is really not worthy to pay attention to lets
    supplement the list of actions that JDL undertakes in support of Jews, mainly
    in the GTA area, but also having its associates in the London Ontario area, and
    recently, as a reaction to the enemy actions, setting up some branches in
    Calgary and Montreal.

    Some of the actions were a series public
    lectures about a San Reno Conference of 1920, setting up a legitimate legal
    rights to the claims in the Middle East from the point of the International
    law, (BTW how come CJC never did that?) Those lecturers were endorsed my the
    Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

    Lectures by a Holocaust survivors and
    heroes of the time.

    Organising lectures and meeting by
    prominent politicians from Israel, and
    abroad.

    Organising information sessions in regards
    to the support of allied groups in Europe and UK

    Organising and setting up, highly popular,
    meetings for the fighters for Jewish rights in the USA and internationally.

    JDL has been instrumental in government of
    Canada blocking the entry of George Galloway, a dishonored British
    politician who now shows his
    thangs towards Jews at home.

    And it is not hate towards (no such a
    country) Palestinians and Hamas that drives JDL , but ahavat Israel that
    prompts them to stand guard

    ·
    In front of a Consulate of Israel during enemy
    demonstrations (100000of them vs 200 on the Jewish side)

    ·
    To defend President Peres during his visit to
    Toronto

    ·
    To defend Ambassador John Bolton during his
    visit to Toronto

    ·
    And so on.

    Obviously the
    list of activities of the JDL is
    exhaustive, but I would like Ron Csillag to engage his journalistic curiosity
    and skills to dig it out and to present
    a balanced picture of the group, which VOLOUNTARLY, does so much to
    support, and defend Jews in the GTA. Because no major organisation, like UJA
    who collect money, have ever volunteered the support.

    Unlike them, JDL
    supports their endeavors.

    Ahavat Israel,
    you know.

    So, unless Mr.
    Csillag also works for the Toronto Star, I will be looking anxiously for his
    next, balanced, and factual article
    about JDL.

    If he does, than
    I will understand an absence of it.

    Am Yisroel Chi

    Adam Gorny,
    P.Eng

  • Daniel Moshe Johnson

    I challenge you to go down to your local democratic court and ask a Judge where did the Judicial process in all democracies stem from, he will tell you that before Great Britian which coincidentally means covenant with man in Hebrew-the Judge will tell you ISRAEL.
    Not because of Daniel Moshe Johnson, but because the designer said so, and if you don’t buy the concept of a higher intel, thats OK, THE ISLAMICS DO, AND PROFESS SO PUBLICLY!
    Only an initiate or a stupid white man would side with what Islam represents, now I ask you, who are your parents?
    They need to be imprisoned! for raising a loanee that does not know that there is a loaner.