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Remembering D-Day...and some thoughts on the "Naqba"

Bernie newBy BERNIE BELLAN

June 6th being the 75th anniversary of D-Day, our attention is called once again to remembering  the valour of the men who were part of what became the largest armada ever to be assembled: The over 1600 ships that set sail from a number of different ports in England on June 6, 1944, and which carried over 156,000 soldiers who took part in the Allied invasion of Europe.

On free speech and having it both ways

Bernie newBy BERNIE BELLAN
As much as it's becoming increasingly unpopular within our Jewish community to defend free speech, I'm going to continue arguing that it's terribly hypocritical to call for the preemptive banning of certain speakers whose views may be critical of Israeli government policy while forgetting that pro-Israel speakers have been - and are still being subjected to exactly the same treatment.

Who is to be the arbiter of which speakers should be allowed to appear here?

Bernie newBy BERNIE BELLAN

I have to admit: I’m really torn when it comes to deciding how to deal with controversial speakers whose message may be objectionable to large swaths of the Jewish community.
The issue has arisen in recent weeks as a result of two speakers having been invited to appear in Winnipeg - one Jewish, one Muslim – both of whom aroused the ire of certain individuals who are experienced at using social media to orchestrate campaigns whose purpose is to delegitimize critics of Israel.

Just how many Israelis are there in Winnipeg anyway?

Bernie newBy BERNIE BELLAN

Although two  stories elsewhere on this site  – about the new survey of Canadian Jews just released, and the town hall on the upcoming Israeli election, may appear to have little in common, there is one theme that does tie them together in my mind, and that is the question: Just how many Israelis are there living in Winnipeg right now?