2014 ISRAEL TRUTH WEEK CONFERENCE, Toronto, ON, Canada

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2014 Israel Truth Week Conference & Trade Show

Chloe Valdary

– Chloe Valdary video greeting for 2014 conference –

Honouring the late Howard Grief, Israeli Legal Historian, Attorney, Author, Advocate. 

This year we are hoping to raise $25,000 for the unsung heroes of Israel’s ambulance service via the ‘Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel’ charitable organization. (More info below agenda)
Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel logo

‘TRUTH BEFORE SOLUTIONS:
Safeguarding The Honour Of The Jewish People’ 

Sunday, March 23, 2014 
10 a.m. – 6 p.m., doors open 9:30a.m.

Lodzer Synagogue
12 Heaton Street, North York (Toronto)
Ontario, Canada M3H 4Y6
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 Questions? Contact Mark Vandermaas, mark@israeltruthweek.org, 519.457.0709.

UPDATES & MEDIA

* Jewish Tribune, April 08/14: New support group wants Israel land rights issues front and centre
* Shalom Toronto, March 25/14: Israel Truth Week: “It’s Time To Stand Together”
* Blogwrath.com, March 25/13: Highlights from the 2014 Israel Truth Week Conference
* Israel Truth Week update, March 20/14: Chloe Valdary Greeting
* Israel Truth Week: Updates, March 10/14
* Shalom Toronto, March 13/14: Fighting For Israel: Israel Truth Week
* BlogWrath.com, March 13/14: Invitation To Israel Truth Week

Videos by Official Blogger Miroslav Marinov (Blogwrath.com

1. Opening remarks [VIDEO, 20:13]
2. Mark Vandermaas on Fighting Back [VIDEO, 4:22]

Help us get the word out by sharing our flyer/news release/Facebook page! 

ITW 2014 Flyer-Poster* News Release, March 04/14 [PDF]
* Flyer, 8.5×11″ [PDF; JPG, 900px]
* Poster, 12×18″ [PDF]
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– AGENDA –

Final Program Handout [PDF]

All speakers are donating their time and paying their own expenses to make this event possible. 

MORNING SESSION 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

9:30 am: DOORS OPEN

OPENING REMARKS (20 mins)

Ilana Shneider, Canada-Israel Friendship Association (3)

Chloe Valdary greeting (VIDEO) (1)
Singing of Hatikva , National Anthem of Israel (VIDEO) (2)
Singing of O Canada (VIDEO) (2)
Welcome – Rafael Remez, Past-President, Lodzer Synagogue (3)
Emcee: Mark Vandermaas, Israel Truth Week (5)
Eric Grief, nephew of Howard Grief & Tikvah Nissenbaum, sister-in-law (5)

 Iris Ehrent (20m) Administrative Coordinator, Ontario Region, Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel: ‘Israel’s Unsung Heroes On The Front Line’

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LEARNING AID: Magen David Adom video: ‘Unsung Heroes‘ (1st 7 mins only)

Judie Oron (30m) Journalist, Lecturer, Humanitarian, Author of Cry of the Giraffe: ‘Israel: The Rescuing Nation’

Judie Oron

[VIDEO, 23:35]

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11:10am NETWORKING BREAK (20)

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Lt. Col. (IDF, ret.) Jonathan Halevi (30m) Senior Researcher at Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; Managing Editor of Shalom Toronto: ‘Peace in the Middle East: Fiction Or Attainable Reality?’

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Aleysha O’Hare & Dimitri Bazos (20m) Students, University of Toronto: ‘The Shame Of Campus Anti-Semitism’

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Alan Herman (10m) Co-Chair, Toronto Chapter, Canadian Institute for Jewish Research: ‘CIJR’s Israel Learning Seminars: Equipping Students With Knowledge And Skills To Confront Anti-Semitism On Campus’

Amnon Zohar (10m), Israeli-Canadian entrepreneur: ‘What I Learned About “Truth” At University’

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Shobie Kapoor (15m), Founder of Canadian Patriotic Society: ‘A Hindu-Canadian’s Case For Israel’

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Daniel Amzallag (15m), Paramedic & Trainer; National Youth Representative for Canadian Magen David Adom: ‘ A Day In The Life Of An Israeli Paramedic’

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1:30 – 2:00pm LUNCH BREAK (light lunch included)
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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:00 – 6:00pm

James Pasternak (5m) Toronto City Councillor, Ward 10, York Centre ‘Greetings + Fighting Anti-Israel Activity

Panel #1 – TRUTH AND JUSTICE VS. PROPAGANDA AND APPEASEMENT (w/extended Q&A)

Salomon Benzimra (15m + Q&A) Co-founder of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights; Author of The Jewish People’s Rights To The Land Of Israel‘Israel’s Land Title Deed From The Original Two-State Solution’

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[VIDEO, 33:40; Presentation slides w/transcript PDF, 11p]
LEARNING AID: League of Nations Mandate for Palestine w/summary [PDF, 22p OR choose shorter option here]

Renanah Goldhar-Gemeiner (15m + Q&A) Toronto Zionist Council, Mothers for MIAs, Israel land rights activist: ‘Building Awareness Of Israel’s Legal Rights With Canadian Politicians’

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LEARNING AID: ‘Petition to…Canada for the Reaffirmation of Jewish Legal Rights to the Land of Israel…‘ [PDF, 4p]

Yehudit Shier Weisberg (15m + Q&A) Activist & Educator, The Legal Forum for The Land of Israel: ‘Defeating Ourselves Using Our Enemies’ Language Of Oppression’

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LEARNING AID: Shalom Toronto series (2014), How to Reject Arab Propaganda:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
LEARNING AID: Israel & Palestine – Historical Perspectives, Jan 5/14 [VIDEO, 57:49]

Richard Bass (15m + Q&A) International Lecturer; Founder, Emet Education; Author of Israel in World Relations: ‘Are Land-For-Peace And Two-state Solutions Practical Strategies For Peace?’

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PANEL #1 Q&A
(40m)
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Iris Ehrent (5m) Administrative Coordinator, Ontario Region, Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel.

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Panel #2 -‘TAKING TO THE STREETS: WHY & HOW?’ (w/extended Q&A)

Meir Weinstein (15m + Q&A) Civil rights activist, Nazi-hunter, National Director of Jewish Defence League of Canada. ‘Giving Meaning To Our Promise Of ‘Never Again!”

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Mark Vandermaas (15m + Q&A) Rule Of Law Activist, Founder of Caledonia Victims Project and Israel Truth Week. ‘Truth Before Solutions (And Other Rules For Israel’s Freedom Fighters)’

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LEARNING AID: Rules For Freedom Activists: Israel Advocacy Edition [PDF,  8p]

Gary McHale (15m + Q&A) Rule Of Law Activist; Author of Victory In The No-Go Zone. ‘Protecting Jewish Civil Rights On And Off Campus With Dr. King’s Methods And Canada’s Criminal Code’

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PANEL #2 Q&A
(40m)
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6:00pm END OF CONFERENCE

6:00 – 7:00pm NETWORKING

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THIS YEAR WE ARE SUPPORTING…

Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel

MDA in action Our goal is to raise $25,000 to help the unsung heroes of Israel’s ambulance service who race to save victims of accidents, sickness and terror. Canadian income tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 and greater, and CMDAI has set up a special account just for supporters of Israel Truth Week.

Iris Ehrent, Administrative Co-ordinator for the Ontario Region of Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel (CMDAI), will be joining us for the day, and will be bringing paramedic Daniel Amzallag to share a firsthand account of what it’s like to serve on the front line of Israel’s emergency response service. Daniel spoke at an Israel Truth Week event in London last year so we know you will enjoy meeting and listening to him.

How to donate: Go to the CMDAI donation page at CanadaHelps.org and click on the ‘DONATE NOW’ button, then use the ‘Fund/Designation’ drop-down menu to choose ‘ISRAEL TRUTH WEEK – CMDA TORONTO FUND.’

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– ABOUT THIS YEAR’S THEME –

‘Truth Before Solutions: Safeguarding The Honour of the Jewish People’

Howard Grief book coverHoward Grief and an ‘inconvenient truth’: Jews are owners, not occupiers of Palestine…

This year’s conference honours a great scholar and champion of Israel’s land rights under international law, the late attorney Howard Grief who dedicated 25 years of his life to researching and documenting an inconvenient truth: that, contrary to the prevalent narrative of ‘occupation’ and ‘stolen land’ modern Palestine was actually created to reconstitute the “national home” for the Jewish people under international law via the 1920 post-WWI San Remo Conference and the subsequent 1922 League of Nations Mandate For Palestine, and that land promised to Jews east of the Jordan River was given instead to Arabs in what is now Jordan.

This ‘original two-state solution’ means that the Jewish people are owners, not occupiers of Judea and Samaria by virtue of a ‘land title deed’ from the world community that explicitly encouraged them to create communities in all of Palestine.

Israel Truth Week feature: League of Nations Mandate For Palestine: the ORIGINAL Two State Solution

THE ‘ORIGINAL’ TWO-STATE SOLUTION: Click to download the 1922 League of Nations Mandate For Palestine w/Note re Trans-Jordan. Available in original docs and/or text with reference summary.

We encourage you to download, print and read the original copy of the Mandate For Palestine along with the explanatory notes at the end which were prepared by Israel Truth Week with assistance from Salomon Benzimra, co-founder of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights (CILR). Salomon, who worked closely with Howard Grief when writing his own book, The Jewish People’s Rights To The Land Of Israel, will be with us again this year to answer any questions you might have.

Safeguarding the honour of the Jewish people: ‘Truth Before Solutions’

Israel Truth Week does not advocate for either a one or two-state solution; we simply take the position that if the Jewish people give away part of their “national home” under the current climate of demonization and delegitimization they will be handing her enemies an enormous victory by acknowledging — in effect — that every vile accusation associated with being ‘illegal occupiers of stolen land’ was true all along. We believe that this false narrative, if not dispelled, will be a terrible, unwarranted stain on the honour of the Jewish people.

Whether you believe in a one-state solution or a two-state solution, we should all be able to agree that it is important to safeguard the reputation of Israel in history. Israel Truth Week believes that the best way to accomplish this is to stop focusing on solutions, and focus on truth instead by placing a moratorium on all solutions-oriented activities until:

  1. Israelis have been fully educated about the original two-state solution created by the League of Nations Mandate For Palestine and can make an informed decision about whether giving up more land to Arabs is the path they wish to take.
  2. The world community acknowledges that Jews are owners, not occupiers, by virtue of the indisputable fact that Palestine was created specifically to reconstitute the national home of the Jewish people.

NOTE: the above statements may not necessarily represent the views of all presenters, community partners or our featured charity.

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– COMMUNITY PARTNERS –Canada-Israel Friendship Association

 Canada-Israel Friendship Association (Toronto co-ordinators for Israel Truth Week and this year’s conference)

Canadians for Israel's Legal Rights

Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights

Never Again Group

Never Again Group

Canadian Institute for Jewish Research

Canadian Institute for Jewish Research

CANACE

Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE)
(+ Photography by Christine McHale)

Freedom Press Canada

Freedom Press Canada

Caledonia Victims Project

Caledonia Victims Project

Just Right Media Metz-Vaughan

Just Right Media (Videography)

Jewish Defence League of Canada

Jewish Defence League of Canada (Security)

Blogwrath.com - Miroslav MarinovBlogWrath.com/Miroslav Marinov (2014 Official Blogger)

Mantua Books Mantua Books
(donating 50% of conference sales to our charity, Canadian Magen David Adom For Israel!)

Canadian Patriotic SocietyCanadian Patriotic Society

Emet Education, by Richard Bass, author of Israel In World RelationsEmet Education