Britain joins U.S., Canada in opposing UN resolution on ‘Syrian Golan’

(JTA) – Britain for the first time joined the United States and Canada in opposing a UN resolution condemning Israel’s control over the Golan Heights and declaring it Syrian.

On Thursday, the British delegate told the assembly he voted no because “resolutions which undermine the credibility of UN bodies risk hardening positions on both sides, and do little to advance peace or mutual understanding,” he said. “It is unnecessary and disproportionate.” [Read more…]

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B’nai Brith, CIJA comment on Islamophobia measure; Quebec passes controversial religious neutrality bill

(JTA) – Jewish leaders in Canada are debating a measure meant to prevent intolerance aimed at Muslims and other minorities.

Earlier this month, the head of B’nai Brith Canada outlined his objections to M-103, a parliamentary motion passed earlier this year that “condemns Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage held hearings on the measure this week.

Critics of the measure say it singles out Muslims for special treatment because it condemns only Islamophobia by name and does not explicitly mention other religious groups. Others have accused the motion of hampering free speech. [Read more…]

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After beating Rafael Nadal, Israeli-Canadian teen loses in semifinals of Rogers Cup

Denis Shapovalov of Canada celebrating his victory over Rafael Nadal of Spain during day seven of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Aug. 10, 2017. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Denis Shapovalov of Canada celebrating his victory over Rafael Nadal of Spain during day seven of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Aug. 10, 2017. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli-born teenager Denis Shapovalov, who upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal in Montreal’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament, lost in his semifinal match.

Shapovalov lost Saturday night to fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany. [Read more…]

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Canada announces support to empower young peace advocates in Middle East

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale yesterday announced a contribution of $168,011 to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Tel Aviv-Jaffa to train and empower Israeli, Palestinian and other Middle Eastern and North African young leaders as peace advocates.

The Peres Center was launched in 1996 by Shimon Peres, a former prime minister and president of Israel. [Read more…]

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