Japanese hotel chain gives in-house magazine with anti-Semitic article to guests in Canada

(JTA) – The in-house magazine for guests of a Japanese hotel chain contained an article with anti-Semitic statements written by the chain’s CEO.

An article by Toshio Motoya of the APA Group in the February edition of Apple Town, the magazine for guests staying at the chain’s Canadian hotels, says that “Jewish people control American information, finance, and laws, and they benefit greatly from globalization because they move their massive profits to tax havens so they don’t have to pay any taxes,” according to reports. [Read more…]

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Dual Israeli-Canadian citizen facing death penalty in Arab country

(JTA) – A dual Israeli and Canadian citizen who joined a militia in an unnamed Arab country to fight the Islamic State is being held in prison there and could face the death penalty.

The Jewish man, Ben Hassin, 21, is the son of an Israeli father and a mother who has lived in Canada for 30 years. He has been under arrest since June 2015 in the Arab country for the murder of a taxi driver, who he shot after the cabbie threatened to kill him for being Jewish and Israeli, according to reports citing Hassin’s father, Ilan, of Tel Aviv. [Read more…]

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Canadian university umbrella group targets BDS

MONTREAL (JTA) – An umbrella body representing 97 Canadian universities made it much tougher for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to be promoted on campuses.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, known as Universities Canada, on Thursday added “places of origin” to its list of discrimination criteria on campuses, which was widely seen as a way to stifle anti-Israel BDS activities there. The criteria already prohibit discrimination based on race, religion and sexual orientation. [Read more…]

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Israeli women wed in Toronto with a little help from Facebook

TORONTO (JTA) – Two Israeli women who wanted to be legally married in Toronto had to depend not only on a foreign country but on the kindness of strangers.

Einav Morgenstern and Tamar Yahel had booked a City Hall wedding ceremony for 11 am Sept. 20 with the requisite witnesses and nonrefundable deposit. When the witnesses – two friends – announced at the last minute that they couldn’t make it, the betrothed hurriedly put out the word on social media that they needed help. [Read more…]

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Statement by Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose on the passing of Shimon Peres

Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Rona Ambrose issued the following statement late last night on the passing of former Israeli president Shimon Peres:

“It is with profound sadness that the Conservative caucus and the Conservative Party of Canada express our condolences to the people of Israel at the passing of former president Shimon Peres. [Read more…]

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Fringe Jewish sect Lev Tahor relocating within Guatemala after police raid

(JTA) – A haredi Orthodox sect that has been living on the outskirts of Guatemala City for the past two years has relocated to a village in eastern Guatemala after saying they were harassed by local authorities.

Earlier this month, authorities in Guatemala City raided the fringe sect’s compound, separating children from their parents, amid allegations of physical and mental abuse. The crackdown came at the request of Israel’s Justice Ministry, the Orthodox news website Kikar Hashabbat reported at the time of the raid. Many members of the sect are Israeli. The French news agency AFP reported Monday that the Israeli ministry requested the raid to locate an Israeli girl who had been barred from leaving the country. [Read more…]

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