When the tentacles of hate reach a university in Canada.

Correction

Dear Readers,

Yesterday jewishinfoNews published an open letter to Dr. Kurt Krueger, President of Concordia University Irving, California. In it we incorrectly implied that the university’s student union had hosted the content of a “repulsive poster”. This was not so. 

I have written to Dr. Krueger stating, in part, the following:

“I want to express my deepest and sincere apology to you, the Board of Regents, the university’s student union, the Concordia University Irving and its students for jewishinfoNews’ dreadful error in associating you and your fine institution with the content of the deplorable poster…” “The university and student’s union in question, Concordia University, reside in Montreal, Quebec. In addition, the logo of their student union is similar to your student’s union, and that is where the problem arose. Accordingly, I ask you in good faith to accept our apology.”

The original content was taken down immediately we knew of the error. Dr. Krueger was advised.

The Roman philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero, once said, “Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.”  JewishinfoNews has no wish to persist with their error. However, the problem with this despicable poster clearly remains. The student union of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec has undisputed ownership of it. Therefore, our original letter, inadvertently addressed to Dr. Krueger, has been adapted and follows below, together with the poster in question.

Alan Simons, Publisher jewishinfoNews.info

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An open letter to the President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. 

Professor Alan Shepard, kindly take a good look at the repulsive poster below, the content of which, I’m led to believe, was hosted two days ago by your university’s student union. 

by Alan Simons

StandWithUS, a respected international organisation, brought this poster to my attention and stated:

“We are disgusted by this horrific event being hosted by the Concordia Student Union. This cultural appropriation of the Jewish holiday of Passover is completely unacceptable, sac-religious, and extremely disrespectful.”

Professor Shepard, I beg to differ. Disgusted is not strong enough. My friends of the Muslim faith, would I’m sure agree that if this applied to one of their religious holy days, Muslims JIN April 14 2017 revwould react verbally, I repeat verbally, and with vigour.

The issue here is not one of arrogance, or to quote the new buzz words, “mentally unstable.” Your Student’s Union must take ownership for this abhorrent poster, for the message is directed at the very essence of my religion. I regard their action as one of the most vicious forms of incitement, of hate and of a form of terrorism that must be acted upon without delay by you. 

In Concordia’s Strategics Directions Game Plan 2016/2017, it states, “Concordia is an inclusive research-engaged university focused on transformative learning, collaborative thinking, and public impact, equipping students and society for a world of challenges and opportunities.”

What! “Equipping students and society for a world of challenges and opportunities?” Come on now Professor, it would seem your Student Union, by incongruously using a Jewish religious holy day in such a vile manner to usurp their political agenda, obviously goes against the very essence of your Game Plan. So, what do you intend to do about it?

I challenge you and your Board of Governors to take the strongest action possible against CSU in this matter.

Thank you!

(Photo Credit: Passover Against Apartheid- (StandWithUS)

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-CANADA’s Acclaimed Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.

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“When someone writes from the heart . . . These books are masterpieces.”

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NOVEMBER 16, 2010 – The Azrieli Foundation prides itself as being one of Canada’s leading philanthropic organizations that “supports a wide range of initiatives and programs in the fields of education, architecture and design, Jewish community, Holocaust commemoration and education, scientific and medical research, and the arts.”

One of their primary initiatives includes the internationally respected Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program. The program was established five years ago to publish the written memoirs of Holocaust survivors who arrived in Canada after the War. The memoirs are distributed free of charge by the Foundation to libraries, educational institutions and Holocaust-educational programs across Canada.

“The memoirs are a moving tribute to people – strangers and friends – who risked their lived to help others, and who, through acts of kindness and decency in the darkness of moments, frequently helped the persecuted maintain faith and humanity and courage to endure.”

The general public are also able to obtain the memoirs, at no cost, by attending an Azrieli Foundation educational event.

Some weeks ago the Azrieli Foundation launched, at a special event held in both Toronto and Montreal, their third memoir series.  This year, series three consisted of four books in English and three in French. Since 2007, the Foundation has welcomed as their keynote speakers, Simone Veil, Dr Ruth Westheimer, Professor Nechama Tec, Father Patrick Desbois and more recently in Toronto, Linda P. Hooper, the initiator of the Children’s Holocaust Memorial and Paper Clip Project.

Several of the volumes of the memoirs have received international literary awards. And this past August, the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program began a Twitter campaign, making their books available to an even broader international market.

The Azrieli Foundation receives praise for their work in publishing the memoirs from all sectors of society. As one reader remarked from a small town located in the province of Manitoba, population 1,200: “What a privilege to read the Holocaust survivors’ memoirs. When someone writes from the heart, as these authors have, it has the potential to touch so many others. These books are masterpieces – supported with excellent maps, photographs and glossaries. I firmly believe they should be required reading in each and every school.”

All three volumes of the Series are available for free download from the Azrieli website, azrielifoundation.org. JewishinfoNews understands that e-book versions will be available in the near future.

(Above photo, from left to right: Milan Voticky, Agnes Tomasov, Naomi Azrieli (President of the Azrieli Foundation), Willie Sterner  and Marian Domanski.)

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