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In This Issue
A Noma for Israel?
Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on Israeli Apartheid Week
Israel's ambassador to Canada wants to expand ties with N.S
Israel Peace Week sweeps campuses
Film about Holocaust to be shown in Iran
Pastors take on modern Israel study program
Barbara Kay: Quebec strikes a blow against anti-Israel
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A Noma for Israel?

Chef Eldad Shem Tov is aspiring to create a restaurant that rivals Europe's best in its precision, hubris and depth

 

Chef Eldad Shem Tov points at the little organic herb gardens growing at the edge of every table in Jaffa's Shakuf restaurant.

"There's light now, these are important hours," he says. And indeed, during the day, Shakuf is filled with light and looks very different than it does during its hours of operation, in the evening - a dark space filled by a bar, where food is served on tables lit from within.

Shakuf restaurant

 


Cooks in bright white uniforms scutter about. Soft music emerges from small speakers, and the atmosphere more resembles a lab than a restaurant. Israeli chefs say this is their strongest memory from working in leading restaurants abroad: working in total silence.

 

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Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on Israeli Apartheid Week

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement condemning Israeli Apartheid Week:

"Israeli Apartheid Week is an attack on the mutual respect that holds our society together. It is a dangerous cocktail of ignorance and intolerance, both of which stand in the way of peace. The Liberal Party of Canada condemns Israeli Apartheid Week, in no uncertain terms.

"Recent events in the Middle East offer us an opportunity to build a candid and constructive dialogue about peace and democratic reform in the region. Such a dialogue requires give and take; we must be able to acknowledge criticism as legitimate, while treating with respect those who share our hopes for peace and democratic freedoms for all.

"Israeli Apartheid Week does the opposite. By portraying the Jewish state as criminal, by demonizing Israel and its supporters, and by targeting Jewish and Israeli students for abuse on our university campuses, the organizers and supporters of Israeli Apartheid Week tarnish our freedom of speech.


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Israel's ambassador to Canada wants to expand ties with N.S.


 

Premier Darrell Dexter might lead a trade mission to Israel this year in an attempt to increase business and research ties between that country and Nova Scotia.

Miriam Ziv, Israel's ambassador to Canada, was in Halifax on Thursday for a meeting with Dan O'Connor, Dexter's chief of staff, to discuss the issue.

Ties between the Port of Halifax and the Port of Haifa in Israel, as well as research and commercialization of renewable energy sources, are a few areas of potential joint interest, O'Connor said.

No date has been set for the mission.

"It is still being discussed. (The premier) wants to make sure that it is well prepared and will have good results," O'Connor said.

Earlier Thursday, Ziv told a small lunch gathering in Halifax that Israel is already collaborating with Canada's federal government on three areas of joint interest: renewable energy, water and brain research. The National Research Council of Canada is co-ordinating the projects.


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Israel Peace Week sweeps campuses



North American campaign seeks to counter Israel Apartheid Week, present truth about Jewish state



Responding to hate campaign: Pro-Israel students across the United States and Canada have launched a campaign to communicate messages about the Jewish state's peace efforts, while countering a notorious anti-Israeli initiative, Israel Apartheid Week.

 

Known as Israel Peace Week, the new campaign is being hosted at nearly 50 North America universities.

 

The initiative also focuses on existential threats to Israel, and the values and accomplishments of the democratic Jewish state in an otherwise despotic Middle East. The innovative campaign counters an anti-Israel initiative known as Israel Apartheid Week that has been held across university campuses and urban communities since 2005.

 

 

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Film about Holocaust to be shown in Iran

Claude Lanzmann's renowned 'Shoah', dubbed into Farsi, to be broadcast on satellite channel in Islamic Republic as part of campaign to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims, fight Holocaust denial

 


An epic French documentary about the Holocaust, dubbed into Farsi, is to be broadcast on a satellite channel in Iran as part of a campaign to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims and to fight Holocaust denial.

 

Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann's renowned nine-plus-hour film "Shoah" includes testimony from concentration camp survivors and employees about the slaughter of millions of Jews in Europe during World War II.

 

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Pastors take on modern Israel study program






The Department of Modern Israel Studies at Canada Christian College initiated a new certificate program for senior pastors who are actively engaged in leading congregations in the Greater Toronto Area.

The study program, which was held in Israel, proved to be intensive as it concentrated on the geopolitical environment, the sociology of Israeli society, human rights in the state of Israel, the law, the economy and the religious life and political process in the modern state.

The program was led by the dean of the Modern Israel Studies department, Dr. Frank Dimant (also CEO of B'nai Brith Canada), and included outstanding guest lecturers: Prof. Gil Troy (Hebrew University); Prof. Ofer Gat (Ariel University); Prof. Talia Einhorn (Ariel); Prof. Alexander Bligh (Ariel); Dr. Gabriel Barkai (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar Ilan University); Alan Baker director, Institute for Contemporary affairs, Jerusalem Center for Public affairs; Prof. Shlomo Maital (Technion); Dr. Robert Rozett (Hebrew University) and Prof.Gidi Shimoni (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), as well as Dr. Avi Dinstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Canada Christian College President Dr. Charles McVety, a major leader in the Canadian Evangelical movement, accompanied the group.

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Barbara Kay: Quebec strikes a blow against anti-Israel heels


Have you noticed something about the Israel haters who are constantly pushing for boycotts of Israeli products? They never protest against a product they personally would be unhappy to do without, such as their computer, their cell phone or cancer treatments, all of which are "tainted" with Israeli technology and creative invention. No, these hypocrites only protest against products they don't actually need, or that are in abundant supply from other sources, like beauty products and shoes.

Case in point: Boutique Le Marcheur, a shoe store on St. Denis Street in Montreal, has since October been the scene of a weekly political performance. Every Saturday, activists from the group Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) amass at the store to protest owner Yves Archambault and Ginette Auger's inclusion of Israel-made shoes - the brand is Beautifeel - amongst their stock.

 

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