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  • Mary Lou Ambrogio, London Yodeller, Aug 14/14: The Yodeller Interview with Mark Vandermas – An ‘Honorary Jew’ Fights to Present The Truth About Israel [(Interview Only: PDF (2p), HTML); (Complete Paper, see pp. 10-11: PDF)]


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Israel Truth Week founder, Mark Vandermaas, is interviewed by Doris Epstein on Jewish Review’s ‘Shalom World’ show, April 9/14 . They discuss Israel Truth Week and the need for a moratorium on all solutions-oriented activities (land give-aways & negotiations) until the world community acknowledges the status of Jewish people as ‘owners, not occupiers’ by virtue of their ‘land title deed’ from the ‘original’ two-state solution: the League of Nations Mandate For Palestine. Click image to view. (30 mins)

About Mark Vandermaas


Mark Vandermaas, 2012 Israel Truth Week Conference, London, ON, Canada

Mark Vandermaas is a Canadian civil rights advocate-educator who is the founder of the Caledonia Victims Project and Israel Truth Week (IsraelTruthWeek.org). His parents suffered under Nazi occupation in Holland where they watched Jews taken away to be murdered, and his father escaped from a Nazi work camp. He earned the United Nations peacekeeping medal for his 1978 tour of duty in the Middle East where he saw, firsthand, the remnants of wars begun by Arab attempts to exterminate the Jewish state.
Mark founded Israel Truth Week and produced its first conference in 2012 after Jewish students at Western University in London, Ontario were intimidated while campus police watched.  Since then, Israel Truth Week events have been held in Hamilton, Toronto and Boston, USA, raising a total of over $15,000 for the ALYN children’s hospital in Jerusalem and
Israel’s ambulance service, Magen David Adom.
Victory In The No-Go Zone, by Gary McHale
He is the author of the monograph, Rules For Freedom Activists: Israel Advocacy Edition, a teaching tool he uses when speaking to pro-Israel activists to explain the power of applying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lessons against today’s anti-Israel fabrications by the radical, anti-capitalist Left.
In 2006, Mark left his career as a real estate broker to become a full-time, volunteer, activist because he felt a strong sense of duty to speak out against racially-based policing and rule of law failures during the lawlessness of the Canadian Caledonia crisis. His work in confronting Ontario government appeasement of violent militants who were terrorizing innocent residents with the aid of radical anti-capitalists and anti-Israel groups over fictitious land claims, and in leading the Ipperwash Papers Project was described in Gary McHale’s 2013 book Victory In The No-Go Zone: Winning The Fight Against Two-Tier Policing.
His arrest with McHale while trying to raise a Canadian flag across from the militant’s police-protected ‘no-go zone’ was also described in the 2010 bestselling book by award-winning Canadian journalist Christie Blatchford, HELPLESS: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All of Us (see National Post excerpt #2).Christie Blatchford, 2010: Helpless: Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear And Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All of Us
In December 2011 Mark was a member of the ‘Caledonia 8‘ who lined up to be arrested one-by-one for ‘trespassing’ for quietly attempting to walk down a public road through the racially-segregated, violent Caledonia occupation site known as the Douglas Creek Estates. (All charges were later dropped against the Caledonia 8.)
During the summer of 2011, Mark conducted a 26-day vigil at a London, Ontario mosque in 2011 to protest against the fact that it had raised money for, and sent a ‘delegate’ on, the ‘Canadian Boat to Gaza’ which then attempted (unsuccessfully) to break the Israeli blockade of weapons to the Hamas terror organization.  His vigil lasted 26 days. His 2013 counter-protest against anti-Israel groups attempting to intimidate a Canadian retailer from carrying Israeli-made Sodastream products attracted Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus who stood in the rain for hours to ensure that the true side of the story was told by media..
120423 Israel Truth Week founder Mark Vandermaas (white shirt & tie, behind podium) lights candle w/Zachor Coalition, National Holocaust Remembrance ceremony, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada.
Mark received one of the greatest honours of his life when, in recognition of his contribution to the success of the 2012 National Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem called him to the stage as part of the Zachor Coalition to light a candle in Ottawa, Ontario.
He was unofficially named an ‘Honorary Jew’ in 2014 at his third annual Israel Truth Week conference in Toronto by Goldi Steiner, co-founder of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights, publisher of The Jewish People’s Rights To The Land Of Israel.
In 2014, Mark started the ‘Truth Before Solutions Campaign’ to draw attention to what he calls the Jewish ‘land title deed’ from the Original Two-State Solution’: the 1922 League of Nations Mandate For Palestine. The campaign seeks a moratorium on Middle East peace ‘negotiations’ and land give-aways until Israelis haveMark Vandermaas, founder, Israel Truth Week been provided meaningful education about the Mandate, and the world community acknowledges that Jews are ‘owners, not occupiers’ of Palestine.
Mark lives in London, Ontario, Canada with his wife, Debbie, without whom his work would not be possible. He can be reached at 519.457.0709,  mark@israeltruthweek.org .


Israel Truth Week (2014)

  • 2014 August: London Yodeller cover: Click for hardhitting, feature interview with Israel Truth Week founder Mark Vandermaas.Mary Lou Ambrogio, London Yodeller, Aug 14/14: The Yodeller Interview with Mark Vandermas – An ‘Honorary Jew’ Fights to Present The Truth About Israel [(Interview Only: HTML); (Complete Paper, see pp. 10-11: PDF)]

Israel Truth Week (2013)

Israel Truth Week (2012)

Dr. Salim Mansur; Rabbi Jonathan Hausman; Mark Vandermaas at inaugural Israel Truth Week Conference, London, ON, Canada, March 21/12
Dr. Salim Mansur; Rabbi Jonathan Hausman; Mark Vandermaas at inaugural Israel Truth Week Conference, London, ON, Canada, March 21/12

Blue Beret vigil vs. Canadian Boat to Gaza, June 23-July 18/11

110627 Mark Vandermaas letter to Hamilton Spectator: 'Genocidal anti-Semitism is the issue'

Mark Vandermaas w/supporters on Day 11 of 'Blue Beret' vigil, London, Ontario, Canada, July 03/11Handouts for the Blue Beret vigil…

  • Blue Beret Vigil handout #1: ‘OUR GOALS TODAY’ [PDF]
  • Blue Beret Vigil handout #2: ‘Provoking Violence? Lessons from Dr. King and the Little Rock Nine‘ [LINK] [PDF] [VIDEO, 9:24] (taken from Mark Vandermaas speech, March for Freedom, Caledonia Lions Park, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada, May 24/09)
  • Blue Beret Vigil handout #3: ‘Why I carry a Palestinian flag in my pocket

Caledonia Crisis, 2006-Present

  • 110322 Mark Vandermaas talks about Caledonia's innocent victims - both native and non-native at 'Caledonia:No More Nightmares' event, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Caledonia Victims Project: About – Mark Vandermaas
  • ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ event, Ottawa, March 22/11: Mark Vandermaas presentation, Part 1 – Caledonia’s Victims [VIDEO #1, 15:05] [PDF, 36p w/citations]
  • ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ event, Ottawa, March 22/11: Mark Vandermaas presentation, Part 2 – Caledonia Myths & Policy Issues: ‘Vexatious Land Claims and Caledonia: a National Security Issue [VIDEO #2, 14:50] [PDF, 36p w/citations] (includes info re support for 100505 Mark Vandermaas presentation to 2010 'New Directions in Aboriginal Policy' Forum, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta: 'Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation'native militants by radical unionists, anarchists, anti-capitalists, anti-Israel groups and terror group supporters)
  • ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ event, Ottawa, March 22/11, Mark Vandermaas presentation, Part 2 cont. – Caledonia Myths & Policy Issues: An Illegal Peacekeeping Mission on Canadian Soil [VIDEO #3, 9:39] [PDF, 36p incl. citations, begins p12]
  • New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum, Mount Royal University, May 05/10, Mark Vandermaas presentation: Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation [PDF, 21p]