Jewish, Christian Zionist Leaders Discuss Commitment to Israel

​By Zev Kalin, April 30, 2013

Ottawa’s Congregation Machzikei Hadas held the annual Canada Celebrates Israel 2013 this past April, bringing together Jewish and Christian Zionist leaders, thinkers and policy makers to reiterate their commitment to the Jewish state and discuss issues of the day.

Dean Bye, executive director of Return Ministries, acted as master of ceremonies.

As other speakers did, Bye referred to the “heavy” nature of the day for those who had, earlier, attended the National Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the National War Museum in Ottawa.

Both York Centre MP Mark Adler and Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada, echoed speakers from the earlier event, reiterating that the Shoah (Holocaust) had not begun in the camps or gas chambers, but with words.

Adler spoke about Israel Apartheid Week and listed many compelling reasons why Israel was the opposite of an apartheid state.

Dimant called for vigilance and action against the ‘new antisemitism we are seeing, disguised as politically correct anti-Zionism.’

Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, drew another parallel between today’s antisemitic rhetoric and 1938 Germany.

Quoting Justice Robert H. Jackson, Chief US Counsel to the Nuremberg Trials, he said, “We must not forget that when the Nazi plans were boldly proclaimed, they were so extravagant, that the world refused to take them seriously.”

Marcus felt the threats against Israel and the Jewish people made by Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must be taken just as seriously as Nazi plans should have been.

Josh Reinstein, director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, said it was bizarre coming from one event where the Holocaust was being commemorated to another where those planning the next one were being exposed.

A positive note from the earlier event was introduced into the proceedings with the repetition of Tim Uppal’s announcement that ‘a site had been selected for Canada’s National Holocaust Monument.’

Uppal, minister of state for democratic reform), was speaking on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

He stated that Canada’s National Holocaust Monument at Wellington and Booth streets in Ottawa, “will be a testament to the importance of ensuring that the memory of the Holocaust is never lost…. The monument will encourage people to reflect upon the events of the Holocaust, remember the victims and pay tribute to the survivors. It will also encourage people to reflect on the responsibilities each of us has to protect human rights and dignity.”

Kenny Blacksmith, ordained minister, former Deputy Grand Chief of the Cree Nation of Mistissini, and founder and director of Gathering Nations International, opened the proceedings with a prayer delivered with drum and song in the traditional First Nations manner.

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