People taking part in a demonstration in support of Palestine in Montréal on Oct. 13, 2023.
La Presse canadienne/Graham Hughes
The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas has exacerbated hate crimes in Canada and put Canadian multiculturalism to the test.
Political Zionism underpins the country we today call Israel. It’s a political movement that’s evolved over time. So what is the history of Zionism, and what has that evolution looked like?
A hundred and one years before ‘You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah’ was released, the first American Bat Mitzvah took place.
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‘You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah’ may seem worlds apart from the growth and appeal of ‘by and for women only’ films produced by Orthodox Jewish women, but all these films share a focus on the potential of Jewish ritual.
The Palestinian village of Bayt Mahsir near Jerusalem circa 1940. The agricultural community was one of hundreds of Palestinian villages depopulated by Israeli forces during the 1948 war.
The dismissal of Palestinians as “barbaric” or somehow less human is rooted in a long history of colonizing narratives, including how the land and people were first viewed as “uncivilized.”
Aisha Azzam — the subject of a documentary film about preserving Palestinian food culture in exile — in a scene from the film, overlooking the Dead Sea to the Palestinian territories.
Cinematographer: Guochen Wang (Author provided)
Modern settlers to Palestine viewed the desert as something they needed to “make bloom.” But it already was, thanks to the long history of Palestinian agricultural systems.
Demonstrators with Israeli flags gather at Columbia University, Oct. 12, 2023, in New York.
(AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
The silence of some Canadian universities in addressing antisemitism, in particular when considered alongside active approaches toward equity and racial justice, needs to be addressed.
Images from Bernice Eisenstein’s ‘I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors’ and Miriam Katin’s We Are on Our Own.’
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Memoirs about the Holocaust by women emphasize women’s embodied, gendered experiences, and show their intelligence, agency and resolve in the face of Nazi persecution.
People marching from Manhattan to Brooklyn against the rise in antisemitism in New York in 2020.
International conflicts can often trigger hate crimes against diasporas and other connected communities. Canadian governments should take action to prevent a rise in hate crimes.
A view of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and its Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City.
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The Al-Aqsa mosque, a flashpoint in Hamas’ recent assault against Israel, hosts daily prayers and Friday gatherings. It lies adjacent to important Jewish and Christian religious locales.
Elon Musk has both sparked and permitted antisemitism on X, the social media platform he now owns.
Antisemitism on X recycles ancient tropes falsely blaming Jewish people for a wide range of social and political ills, and for their own victimization.
From Reconstructionism to ultra-Orthodoxy, Judaism is richly diverse.
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Jewish communities have always followed some different customs in different parts of the world, but the 19th and 20th centuries brought much more dramatic divisions.
Under a portrait of Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948, declares the establishment of a Jewish state to be known as the state of Israel.
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Israel may no longer be a fledgling state – but it has yet to overcome the basic contradiction that has defined it from the very beginning.
Mark Raphael Baker, author of The Fiftieth Gate.
Mark Raphael Baker is best known for two outstanding memoirs, The Fiftieth Gate, exploring his parents’ Holocaust experience, and Thirty Days, about the death of his first wife.
Israelis opposed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul plan set up bonfires and block a highway during a protest in March 2023.
(AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Despite Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent backtracking to ease civil unrest, Israel’s ability to deter external foes has already been weakened by wounds that are self-inflicted.
The portrayal of goblins in the Harry Potter universe are the product of centuries of antisemitic images and tropes.
Historical patterns of scapegoating Jews persist into the modern day through our often unknowing and unconscious replication of images which date back centuries.
An artist’s impression of Gan Siyobonga memorial park in Israel.
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Gan Siyabonga is unique in Israel. It highlights a group that was both anti-apartheid and pro-Zionist.
The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland, commemorating the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. History surrounding the Holocaust has become increasingly controversial in Poland in recent years.
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The Holocaust has become a contentious issue in Poland in recent years. And those challenging the government’s historical narrative have faced condemnation and lawsuits.
Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlaender attends the unveiling of a bust of herself in Berlin, Jan. 23, 2023.
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Over 100 life stories of Holocaust survivors have been published through a Holocaust survivors’ memoir program. Listening to survivors narrate their stories is a powerful learning experience.
People enjoying Christmas decorations in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Research shows that religious people who actively participate in religious gatherings tend to have a more positive experience of Christmas, with expectations largely fulfilled.
Partial layout of the graves discovered during the excavation at the medieval Jewish cemetery of Erfurt.
Thuringian State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology/Karin Sczech + Katharina Bielefeld
A German town needed to relocate a medieval graveyard to build a parking garage. A positive side effect: Scientists got to sequence the DNA of Ashkenazi Jews who lived more than 600 years ago.