In This Issue
Harper Says He'll Support Israel Even If It Hurts Canada Politically
Ancient hatred at a campus near you
Jew-hatred infects Muslim world
Attracting the life sciences to Jerusalem
Canada, Israel working together on nanotechnology
Pamela Anderson visits Western Wall
Next 'James Bond' to be filmed in Israel?
An evening with Julie Taub

Harper Says He'll Support Israel Even If It Hurts Canada Politically

The prime minister delivered the opening speech Monday at a two-day conference on anti-Semitism, taking place on Parliament Hill.

He noted Canada's unsuccessful bid for a UN security council seat this fall, saying he believes the country is morally obligated to stand up against those who would attack Israel.

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Ancient hatred at a campus near you

Anti-Semitism and racism must be called by their proper names when they are found | 2004 Getty Images

The discovery of parcel bombs mailed from Yemen that targeted Chicago-area synagogues reminds us that North America is not immune to the resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world. Internationally, the level of anti-Semitic incidents has been surging for much of the past decade. This latest attack reminds us that the problem is not limited to foreign shores. In 2009, the number of violent anti-Semitic incidents recorded worldwide (1,129) increased more than 100 per cent over 2008. So far, North America hasn't seen the level of animus experienced in other parts of the world, but there's cause for concern. On this continent, the most serious concerns emanate from the very institutions usually thought to be bulwarks against irrational prejudice - the major research universities.

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Jew-hatred infects Muslim world, activist says

Tarek Fatah turns 61 on Nov. 21, but the controversial, Pakistani-born Muslim, a fierce and unrelenting activist and critic of Islamist extremism, doesn't expect to make it to 71.

Tarek Fatah

Speaking last week at Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation as part of a tour to promote his second book, The Jew is Not My Enemy, Fatah described how at a book signing earlier in the day, he was spat on and insulted by a young Muslim.

The insults included calling Fatah "a Jew."

The incident was consistent with the type of treatment the Toronto writer and broadcaster has come to expect, part of the "cancer that can't be excised" from an ever-increasing number of fanatical Islamist Muslims who see Jews as vile, subhuman creatures, and the entire West and Israel as entities to be destroyed.

"And it is getting worse," Fatah warned a receptive audience, despite several thousand enlightened, tolerant Muslims that he cites as being like-minded supporters of an authentic Islam rooted in humanism, tolerance, and faith.

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Attracting the life sciences to Jerusalem

If the director of BioJerusalem has her way, Israel's political and spiritual capital may yet become a major center of biotech as well.

Ein Kerem campus of the Hebrew University
The Ein Kerem campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, home to the University's Institute of Drug Research.

Jerusalem, considered Israel's crowning metropolis by many, is known as the nation's political and spiritual capital, its largest city, and a holy site of deep significance to the three monotheistic religions. If Chen Levin of BioJerusalem has her way, a new jewel will be added to that crown, and the city will also become a world center of biotechnology.

In fact, according to BioJerusalem director Levin, who is spearheading the group's program to attract biotechnology companies to Jerusalem, the city is already well on its way to realizing her dream. "Three of the city's hospitals - Hebrew University, Shaare Tzedek Medical Center, and Hadassah Medical Center - are responsible for half of the substantial biotechnology research done in Israel," she says.

Not to mention that Hebrew University is 12th in the world in biotech patents, meaning that a substantial infrastructure for a major biotech industry in Jerusalem is already in place. There are already dozens of Israeli companies throughout the city, and its new BioMed Park is the country's first technology park devoted to medical devices and biotech companies.

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Canada, Israel working together on nanotechnology

OTTAWA - Relations between Canada and Israel just keep getting tighter. Two years ago, experts from both countries met, through computer video links, to discuss potential business ventures, including developing instruments for desalinating sea water to make it potable. Last year, Israeli and Canadian philatelists met face to face to launch a friendship stamp to celebrate 60 years of great relations between their two nations.

Last month, nanotechnologists from both places got together at Carleton University in Ottawa to study matter so small that it would be lost on the head of a pin. On Oct. 4 and 5, scientists in this super-specialized field, and from several Israeli universities, came to "a summit of research-sharing and academic co-operation," a press release from the Embassy of Israel stated.

It noted that the two-day summit was to focus on the themes of "nanomechanics, optoelectronics, photonics and biophotonics."

Miriam Ziv, Israel's ambassador to Canada, said, "Israeli research and innovation is world renowned and the potential benefits of an exchange of knowledge between Canada and Israel will be extremely valuable. I am confident that this workshop will not only enrich the research but also strengthen the friendship between our two countries."

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Pamela Anderson visits Western Wall

Former 'Baywatch' star, who will participate Monday in Israeli version of 'Dancing with the Stars', spends half an hour at Jewish holy site in Jerusalem

American-Canadian actress Pamela Anderson's first day in Israel came to an end Sunday evening with a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where she arrived in modest clothing.


The visit evoked great interest among many men in the area, who documented the event with their cameras.


Anderson at Women's section. Men looked way? (Photo: AP)


Speaking at a press conference earlier Sunday, the former "Baywatch" star said she would try her powers of seduction while in Israel on an unlikely audience - ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmakers.

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Next 'James Bond' to be filmed in Israel?

Israel, Britain sign cinematic cooperation deal making Jewish state a favorite filming location for UK productions

Israel and Britain signed a cooperation agreement in the field of cinema on Wednesday after 10 years of intense negotiations. According to the agreement, Israel will become a favorite filming location for British films while production companies will get financial incentives and tax benefits from Israel to shoot in the country.

The deal was signed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his British counterpart William Hague, who is currently visiting Israel.

Israel's Foreign Ministry estimated that British films may start being filmed in Israel very soon. One option that is being considered is shooting parts of the next "James Bond" flick in Israel.


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 An evening with Julie Taub

Please join us for an exciting and informative evening with Julie Taub who will speak on immigration issues.  Julie is an Immigration and Refugee lawyer practising in Ottawa who has more than 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration Law. She represents refugees from countries such as Djibouti, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Haiti, Colombia and DR Congo among others and also deals with independent immigrants, sponsorships and work permits. She is a former Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, part time Duty Counsel on the Immigration Panel of Legal Aid Ontario in Ottawa and is also on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform. She has been lobbying for immigration reform for many years.


Her topic will be "Challenges with the Immigration and Refugee System", illustrating the loopholes and the possible remedies.  According to Miss Taub:


"The Immigration and Refugee Act implemented in 2002 is innately flawed and has created a dysfunctional immigration system in Canada. The IRPA is fraught with loopholes and lax rules which lead to marriages of convenience and marriage fraud, which pose security threats to Canada and facilitate illegal immigration while simultaneously creating roadblocks to legitimate immigrant applicants and refugee claimants.  As a result thousands of permanent residents and Canadians are victims of immigration fraud as innocent sponsors caught in the web of marriages of convenience, while the perpetrators remain in Canada with impunity and proceed to sponsor their own family members."


Date:                     Monday, November 29

Time:                    7:30 p.m. sharp!

 Location:             Hotel Ruby Foos

                               7655 Decarie Blvd.

Telephone:            514-731-7701 (in case you get lost!)

Metro stop:            Namur (orange line)

Cost:                       $15 per person;  free for students


                                                  Free parking


As we feel very honoured to have a speaker of such prominence address us, we urge that you not only attend, but that you try to bring as many friends as possible so that we have a full house!


ACT FOR CANADA/Quebec Region

Valerie and Evelyn


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.