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Noam Bedein

Canadian First Nations groups align with Israel

On my recent visit to Canada, I was confronted by the growing strength and public acceptance of the Israel Apartheid Week (IAW), but came back to Israel with new friends who take a courageous stance for Israel - the First Nations communities.Background: From January 25th to 31st I traveled to Winnipeg and Ottawa, invited and sponsored by Bnai Brith of Canada in Winnipeg, CAMERA, Hillel, and the Israeli Consulate in Ottawa. During this speaking tour I experienced the PR campaign leading up to the anti - Israeli festival "Israel Apartheid Week ", which will be held in 92 cities around the world from February 20th to March 11th, and in Canada from March 5th to 9th, 2012.In Winnipeg, I realized that the main challenge was getting more people from the Jewish communities to understand the real message behind “The Apartheid Slur” and to take a stand against “The Apartheid Slur”As Director of Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev, I was in Canada to talk about Sderot and the Western Negev, and the connection between Hamas-controlled Gaza and the anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic festivals that are popular on college campuses. These festivals’ main purpose is to demonize the State of Israel and at the same time de-legitimize Israel as a sovereign state.Over the past several years, multimillion dollar media campaigns have promoted the Palestinian narrative in Gaza, the first Arab territory in the Middle East controlled by a regime designated as a terrorist organization, since June 2007. In addition to these well-funded media campaigns, a slough of “alternative news” websites, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook accounts help spread the message that Israel is an apartheid state that abuses “Palestinians.” In spite of overwhelming evidence that this is not true, this lie has been told so often, and for so long, that few… Read More