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Calgary B’nai Brith mourns the passing of Shimon Peres z”l

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Shimon Peres life in politics

Shimon Peres (1923-2016) passes away September 27, 2016.  World leaders praise the last of Israel’s elder statesmen.

Prime Minister Trudeau:

“Shimon Peres was, above all, a man of peace and a man dedicated to the well-being of the Jewish people.

“Mr. Peres made an enormous contribution to the founding and building of the State of Israel. He devoted his life to promoting understanding between his country and its neighbours.”

Trudeau, who plans to attend the funeral Friday in Israel, recalled visiting Peres when the latter was president.  “He regaled me with stories of his friendship for my father and his deep affection for Canadians.”

President Obama:

There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people.

Shimon Peres once said that, “I learned that public service is a privilege that must be based on moral foundations.” Tonight, Michelle and I join people across Israel, the United States and around the world in honoring the extraordinary life of our dear friend Shimon Peres—a Founding Father of the State of Israel and a statesman whose commitment to Israel’s security and pursuit of peace was rooted in his own unshakeable moral foundation and unflagging optimism.

I will always be grateful that I was able to call Shimon my friend. I first visited him in Jerusalem when I was a senator, and when I asked for his advice, he told me that while people often say that the future belongs to the young, it’s the present that really belongs to the young. “Leave the future to me,” he said, “I have time.” And he was right. Whether it was during our conversations in the Oval Office, walking together through Yad Vashem, or when I presented him with America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, Shimon always looked to the future. He was guided by a vision of the human dignity and progress that he knew people of goodwill could advance together. He brought young people from around the world together because he knew they could carry us closer to our ideals of justice and equality.

Shimon was the essence of Israel itself—the courage of Israel’s fight for independence, the optimism he shared with his wife Sonya as they helped make the desert bloom, and the perseverance that led him to serve his nation in virtually every position in government across the entire life of the State of Israel. As Americans, we are in his debt because, having worked with every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy, no one did more over so many years as Shimon Peres to build the alliance between our two countries—an unbreakable alliance that today is closer and stronger than it has ever been.

Perhaps because he had seen Israel surmount overwhelming odds, Shimon never gave up on the possibility of peace between Israelis, Palestinians and Israel’s neighbors—not even after the heartbreak of the night in Tel Aviv that took Yitzhak Rabin. “Dear friends,” he told us during my visit to Israel three years ago, “after everything I have seen in my life, I earned the right to believe that peace is attainable.” Tonight, I can think of no greater tribute to his life than to renew our commitment to the peace that we know is possible. Our thoughts are with his children Zvia, Yoni and Chemi, their families and all who loved and admired Shimon Peres, of blessed memory.

A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever. Shimon Peres was a soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves – to the very end of our time on Earth, and in the legacy that we leave to others. For the gift of his friendship and the example of his leadership, todah rabah, Shimon.

Stephen Harper:

Laureen and I were saddened today to learn of the passing of President Shimon Peres, a towering figure in the history of the State of Israel and one of the great statesmen of our age.

Shimon Peres’ long and distinguished political career was animated by a tireless spirit of patriotism, faith, and public service. His was a life of sacrifice not only for his country and its citizens, but the very idea of Israel — the dream of a safe and prosperous Jewish state able to live in confident peace with its neighbours. Defeat and setback never deterred him, and his quiet humility and perseverance made him a model of dignity and an inspiration to the world. As a man who served his government in so many different capacities over so many decades, he demonstrated it was indeed possible to transcend the myopic world of politics in the pursuit of permanent ideals.

I was honoured to meet Shimon Peres several times during the course of my own public life, and was consistently moved by his depth of knowledge and strength of character. It seemed remarkably appropriate that he was asked to spend his final years holding Israel’s highest office, a position perfectly suited for a man who had come to so thoroughly embody the spirit, values, and virtues of the remarkable nation to which he devoted his life.

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B’nai Brith Canada applauded the decision by the Government of Canada

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

B’nai Brith Canada Press Release

November 14, 2012

Toronto – B’nai Brith Canada today applauded the decision by the Government
of Canada on its principled stance condemning the terrorist group Hamas as it threatens regional peace and security. Foreign Affairs Minister John
Baird issued a statement in which he reaffirmed Israel’s right to self
defense in the face of hundreds of rocket attacks.

Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada issued the following statement:

“The Government of Canada has once again shown leadership in the
international community by condemning the terrorist group Hamas. Israel has
been attacked by hundreds of rockets in this year alone, and has the right
to defend its citizens from this terrorist onslaught.”

Canada Condemns Hamas and Stands with Israel

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Yesterday, Nov 14, 2012Canadian  Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird  issued the following statement:

“We fundamentally believe that Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens from terrorist threats.

“Far too often, the Jewish people find themselves on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism, the great struggle of our generation. Just last weekend, more than 100 rockets rained down on civilians in southern Israel from positions in the Gaza Strip.

“Canada condemns the terrorist group Hamas and stands with Israel as it deals with regional threats to peace and security.”

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June 21, 2012


Israel’s Watergate


Atara Beck

Israel CorrespondentJERUSALEM – Not only is the claim that Israel steals water from the Palestinians a flagrant lie, but the exact opposite is true – Palestinians are stealing water from Israel, and Israel provides the Palestinians with plenty of water, says American attorney Mark Langfan, whose findings were recently confirmed by a detailed Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) fact sheet regarding the water issues in the West Bank, published by the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria.


Trudeau tikkun olam tweet earns Conservative rebuke


Joanne Hill
CorrespondentTORONTO – Cabinet Minister Jason Kenney’s press secretary has lashed out at Papineau MP Justin Trudeau’s accusation that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government does not believe in tikkun olam.

Trudeau tweeted on June 15: “The real problem I have with Stephen Harper’s (and the CPC’s) worldview? He doesn’t believe in ‘tikkun olam.’”


Irish filmmaker’s experimental doc turns him into a Zionist


Joanne Hill
CorrespondentTORONTO-MONTREAL – Irish filmmaker Nicky Larkin was peppered with critiques and questions following screenings of his documentary, Forty Shades of Grey, last week in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

Larkin, who said he “came out as a Zionist” earlier this year, engaged with audiences after showings of his experimental film, which were co-sponsored by the Free Thinking Film Society, and B’nai Brith Canada and in Montreal also Chabad of the Town.


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