Canadian Liberals Disseminate an Anti-Semitic Libel about the Temple Mount

April 19 2022

Historically, Eastertime—which often falls, as it does this year, quite close to Passover—was a season when Europeans circulated rumors about Jews murdering Christian children and repeated the old story that Jews were responsible for the death of the Christian messiah. To Terry Glavin, not much has changed, although the coincidence of Ramadan with both holidays has added something to the mix. The current libel, a mere century old, is that Jews are desecrating the Islamic holy places on the Temple Mount, and plan to displace Muslims there. This calumny spurred Palestinians to throw rocks and attack police officers at al-Aqsa mosque on Friday; politicians from the Canadian Liberal party, meanwhile, are repeating the misinformation that provoked the very violence they wish to abate:

It starts Friday with a milquetoast both-sides-ism from Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly that also contains an instruction to the Israelis to maintain the . . . status quo [which allows Muslims, but not Jews, to pray at the site of the ancient Jerusalem Temple]—which, despite Hamas propaganda, the Israelis have been upholding since 1967: “Violence in & around al-Aqsa is unacceptable. The sanctity and status quo of holy sites must be respected. We call for de-escalation of tensions. Canada stands with the Israeli and Palestinian peoples in their right to peace & security.”

The Pickering-Uxbridge Liberal Jennifer O’Connell begins [by simply blaming Israel]: “I’m gravely concerned with violence occurring in, and around Masjid al-Aqsa. Excessive force used by the Israeli police is unacceptable and takes us further away from peace. I condemn this violence. Everyone, no matter their religion, should feel safe to pray—free from fear.”

So, there you have it. If you are a Liberal in Canada you have been sternly admonished to understand that what happened at al-Aqsa on Friday wasn’t about a bunch of stone-throwing yobs incited by an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that was already hoary and thoroughly discredited in the time of their grandpappies. It wasn’t about a bunch of vandals setting off fireworks in one of Islam’s holiest precincts preventing Muslims from worshipping in their accustomed ways on one of the holiest days of the year. It was about those mean Israelis, doing what Israelis do, again and again, which is trample on the dignity of innocent Muslims during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

In Canada, the Jewish advocacy organization B’nai Brith recorded 267 anti-Semitic incidents across the country including 61 violent acts—the worst violence ever reported for a single month since B’nai Brith first started tracking anti-Semitic incidents in 1982. . . . That’s something all those Liberals might want to keep in mind the next time some bloodcurdling anti-Semitic hoax threatens to set the Holy Land on fire again.

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Will Costco Go to Israel?

Social-media users have mocked this week new Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich for a poorly translated letter. But far more interesting than the finance minister’s use of Google Translate (or some such technology) is what the letter reveals about the Jewish state. In it, Smotrich asks none other than Costco to consider opening stores in Israel.

Why?

Israel, reports Sharon Wrobel, has one of the highest costs of living of any country in the 38-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This

has been generally attributed to a lack of competition among local importers and manufacturers. The top three local supermarket chains account for over half of the food retail market, limiting competition and putting upward pressure on prices. Meanwhile, import tariffs, value-added tax costs and kosher restrictions have been keeping out international retail chains.

Is the move likely to happen?

“We do see a recent trend of international retailers entering the Israeli market as some barriers to food imports from abroad have been eased,” Chen Herzog, chief economist at BDO Israel accounting firm, told The Times of Israel. “The purchasing power and technology used by big global retailers for logistics and in the area of online sales where Israel has been lagging behind could lead to a potential shift in the market and more competitive prices.”

Still, the same economist noted that in Israel “the cost of real estate and other costs such as the VAT on fruit and vegetables means that big retailers such as Costco may not be able to offer the same competitive prices than in other places.”

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