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In This Issue
Israel - home of the world's hottest fashion talent
Ottawa slams Israeli Apartheid Week
Queen's rector slams Ignatieff's anti-IAW views
Chilean miners put their faith in Israel
Israelis provide rare coverage of Egypt
Canada 'will always stand by' Israel
Rant

Jewish Students at McGill Respond to Hateful Comments


Hillel Montreal and the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students (CFJS) are disturbed by an incident reported in the McGill Tribune where a student posted threatening and violent comments online directed at pro-Israel students (http://www.mcgilltribune.com/news/student-investigated-for-hateful-tweets-1.2107216)

Hillel Montreal and CFJS applaud the decision of McGill University and the Montreal Police to investigate this matter fully. We remain confident that the appropriate measures will be taken to ensure the safety and security of all students on campus.

"This incident is an isolated event reflecting the disturbing views of a single individual," said Corey Omer, President of Hillel Montreal. "There is no indication that this situation is representative of the climate at McGill University or at any of Montreal's academic institutions."

"Universities across the country have an obligation to ensure threats like these are dealt with swiftly and appropriately," said Aaron Vomberg, President of CFJS. "We are pleased to see that this appears to be the case in Montreal."

For more information, please contact:

Corey Omer
President | Hillel Montreal
tel:514.581.1445 tel:514.581.1445

hillelpres@gmail.com 


Aaron Vomberg
President | Canadian Federation of Jewish Students
aaronvomberg@cfjs.ca

Hon. Minister John Baird



Yesterday, Hon. Minister John Baird and MP Marc Garneau spoke to over 30
students in a bipartisan event hosted by Conservative McGill, Liberal McGill
and Hillel Montreal. Both Minister Baird and MP Garneau spoke about the
dangers of using terms like "apartheid" and the importance of being
pro-Israel on campus. They both condemned boycotts against Israel and Israel
Apartheid Week calling it divisive and does nothing to encourage dialogue
and promote a peaceful resolution.


Israel - home of the world's hottest fashion talent


Where do Donna Karan, Roberto Cavalli and Diane von Furstenberg go to find new fashion talent? Israel's Shenkar College of course.

Shenkar designs on the catwalk
Fashion students from Shenkar make a splash with their designs on the catwalk.

Which fashion school spawned Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and Kobi Halperin of Elie Tahari? Where did hot Israeli designers Ronen Chen, Mirit Weinstock and Naama Bezalel get their training? And which fashion school do Donna Karan, Roberto Cavalli and Diane von Furstenberg visit to find new talent?

The answer to all three questions is the fashion design department of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, founded in 1970 in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan.

Shenkar-trained designers have long enjoyed a world-class reputation, winning prestigious international competitions and working in famous design houses across the globe. In December, Shenkar took the #16 spot on Fashionista's list of top 50 fashion schools in the world.

 

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Ottawa slams Israeli Apartheid Week

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses an event of the Canadian Jewish Politcal Affairs Committee in Toronto, March 10, 2011

There is a growing Canadian backlash against Israeli Apartheid Week, the on-campus campaign to delegitimize Israel.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney issued a strongly worded statement Friday, asking students to think twice before joining activities tied to the week, taking place across Canada and internationally this month.

The events, which seek to promote Palestinian human rights, are frequently "accompanied by anti-Semitic harassment, intimidation and bullying," Mr. Kenney said, and are at times planned and promoted with disregard for the safety of Jewish students, professors and others on campus.

"These activities can cultivate an atmosphere exactly the opposite of one that is open to the free exchange of ideas and the development of the mind with the aid of facts and logic," he said. Repeatedly singling out and condemning Israel year after year creates a "hateful environment" that "offends not only our sense of fairness, but also our core Canadian values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."


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Queen's rector slams Ignatieff's anti-IAW views



TORONTO - The Queen's University student government voted last week to hold a referendum to impeach Queen's rector Nick Day for his response to Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff's statement that condemned Israeli Apartheid Week.

Michael Ignatieff

Ignatieff's March 7 statement that denounced IAW, an annual series of anti-Israel events held on campuses around the world, is what prompted Day to write an open letter that admonished Ignatieff for his "unethical support for Israel" and for his statements that "betray a deep lack of intellectual integrity."

Ignatieff said that IAW "is a dangerous cocktail of ignorance and intolerance, both of which stand in the way of peace."

Day, who was censured by the university's student government last year for speaking out against Israel during a Remembrance Day speech, demanded that Ignatieff issue an apology or a retraction   of his statement.

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Chilean miners put their faith in Israel


"It is amazing to be here, in this place," say the men, who were invited on a Pilgrimage of Thanks following their 68-day ordeal trapped underground.

Chilean Miner Richard Godoy baptizes his son
Miner Richard Godoy baptizing his baby son in the Jordan River.

It was dubbed a "Pilgrimage of Thanks," as 25 of the 31 Chilean miners rescued from a collapsed mine last October traveled to Israel for an eight-day tour of the Holy Land.

Along with their spouses or girlfriends, and a four-month-old infant who was baptized in the Jordan River, the miners enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to Israel at the invitation of the Israeli government.

The miners, who emerged safely from underground after the highly televised 68-day affair, expressed extreme gratitude for the Israeli show of generosity.

 

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Israelis provide rare coverage of Egypt



For the first time ever, Israeli press corps given opportunity to cover crisis in Arab world on the ground, painting opposite picture of threatening predictions provided by commentators



Israel's historic peace treaty with Egypt provided an unexpected dividend: For the first time ever, the Israeli press corps was able to cover a crisis in the Arab world on the ground.

 

Many of these first-hand accounts of the revolt that toppled longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak focused on the protesters' calls for freedom. It was a sharp contrast to politicians in Israel, who tended to support Mubarak and warned the upheaval might endanger the frosty peace between the two nations.

 

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Canada 'will always stand by' Israel, Harper says


Canada is "morally obliged" to stand up to threats against Israel, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a Jewish audience in downtown Toronto Thursday night as both he and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff sparred over which party is the stronger supporter of democracy in the Middle East.

Opponents who say that Canada has "lost its way" when it comes to its foreign policy are using "code for the view that Canada should go back to being ambivalent about our relationship with Israel and its fundamental right to defend itself," Mr. Harper said. "Our party will never do that. We will always stand by [Israel]."

Both he and the Liberal leader addressed a sold-out crowd of 1,000 at the event hosted by the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee. It was held at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

The Liberals have a long association with the Canadian Jewish community and, as a defender of Israel, "does not do code," said Mr. Ignatieff.

 

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