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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Canada strips citizenship of ex-Nazi for a fourth time

(JTA) – A 93-year-old ex-Nazi stripped of his Canadian citizenship for an unprecedented fourth time is vowing to appeal the decision yet again.

On Tuesday, the federal government announced an order-in-council revoking the citizenship of Helmut Oberlander, a retired developer in Waterloo, Ontario, who has been accused of hiding his Nazi past before obtaining citizenship in 1960. The government had stripped Oberlander of his citizenship in 2001, 2007 and 2012, but the decisions were repealed after appeals by his lawyers. [Read more…]

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Canada reverses ban on labelling West Bank products as ‘Made in Israel’

Vered Saadon toasts with an Israeli tour group in Rahelim, West Bank, June 21. (Andrew Tobin)

Vered Saadon toasts with an Israeli tour group in Rahelim, West Bank, June 21. (Andrew Tobin)

(JTA) – Federal government authorities withdrew a guideline that prevented goods produced in the West Bank from being labelled “Made in Israel.”

In a statement released July 13, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said that two wines that had fallen under the labelling ban did in fact “adhere” to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement and could be sold as labeled. [Read more…]

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Israeli energy minister join critics of U.S. pullout from Paris climate accords

(JTA) – Israel’s energy minister and the CEO of the Goldman Sachs bank, Lloyd Blankfein, joined the chorus of critics who condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate deal.

Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the move implicitly. “Even if there is a 50 per cent chance that climate change and global warming is man-made, we must act to reduce risk,” he wrote on Facebook, adding that Trump’s decision will not change Israel’s plans for reducing the use of fossil fuel. [Read more…]

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Canada, Britain and U.S. oppose UN health body’s resolution singling out Israel

(JTA) – Canada, Great Britain and the United States joined three other nations in voting against a World Health Organization resolution that they said singles out Israel for criticism.

The resolution, which passed by an overwhelming majority on Friday during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, mostly speaks of the need to improve services provided to Palestinians and residents of the Golan Heights. It also mentions the health needs of “prisoners and detainees” in Israel. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada set record in 2016, audit finds

(JTA) – The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada set a record in 2016, rising by 26 per cent over the previous year, according to an annual audit.

In total, B’nai Brith Canada recorded 1,728 incidents nationwide last year, according to its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents released Tuesday, compared to 1,277 incidents in 2015. The previous record was 1,627 in 2014. [Read more…]

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French Jews ‘relieved’ Macron won but worried over Le Pen’s electoral gains

(JTA) – Leaders of French Jewry expressed relief at the defeat of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the presidential election but concern that she received more than a third of the vote.

Le Pen, whom the chief rabbi of France and the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities have decried as dangerous to democracy and minorities, received 34.2 per cent of the vote compared to the 65.8 per cent for the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, according to a report by Le Monde based on exit polls from Sunday’s final round of the elections. [Read more…]

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Israel Independence Day

May 2, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement in celebration of Israel Independence Day:

“Today, we join our Israeli friends and Jewish communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

“Canada was one of the first countries to officially recognize Israel, and we are proud to call Israel our partner and call Israelis our friends.

“Canada and Israel are closely linked in heart and in mind by common democratic values and close people-to-people connections. These provide the foundation of an expanding bilateral relationship, which includes ongoing efforts to promote peace and stability in the Middle East.

“Today, while we celebrate Israel’s independence, we also reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Israel and its people continue to face threats throughout the world, including here in Canada. We stand on guard against a resurgence of anti-Semitism, hate, and discrimination in all its forms.

“On this Independence Day, I am proud to renew Canada’s commitment to a safe and secure homeland for the Jewish people, and to a lasting peace between all peoples in the Middle East.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating Israel Independence Day a Yom Ha’Atzmaut Sameach.

“Shalom.”

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