TRAINING VIDEO – Salomon Benzimra: Israel’s Land Title Deed From The Original Two-State Solution


Salomon Benzimra presentation at 2014 Israel Truth Week Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 23/14: Israel’s Land Title Deed From The Original Two-State Solution [VIDEO, 33:41; Presentation slides w/transcript PDF, 11p]

Salomon Benzimra is co-founder of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights ( and author of The Jewish People’s Rights To The Land Of Israel

In this concise, easy-to-understand presentation, he explains the international law that led to the creation of the original two-state solution: the 1920 San Remo Resolution which was codified in the 1922 League of Nations Mandate For Palestine. He also briefly examines the claims by opponents of Israel that the Allied Powers had no authority or intent to create a Jewish home in Palestine.

Salomon takes apart the false ‘occupation’ narrative so effectively that the viewer is left wondering how the fabrications about stolen land ever took root in the first place. If you only watch one video about Israel’s founding, this is the one.


Mark Vandermaas, Founder
Israel Truth Week

Shalom Toronto: ‘Fighting For Israel: Israel Truth Week’

140313 Shalom Toronto cover Fighting For Israel: Israel Truth WeekShalom Toronto front page story about the upcoming 2014 Israel Truth Week Conference in Toronto on March 23. Reprinted with permission.



by Doris Strub Epstein

“It’s time the truth was told. It’s time to stand together . It’s time to stop being afraid.” Mark Vandermaas, founder Israel Truth Week

A stellar array of speakers will take part in the third annual Israel Truth Week Conference, Sunday March 23 at the Lodzer Synagogue. This year the focus will be on the legality of Israel’s existence. Titled “Truth Before Solutions – Safeguarding the Honour of the Jewish People”, it will honour the late Howard Grief: attorney, legal scholar, author and champion of Israel’s land rights under international law.

Grief dedicated 25 years of his life to documenting and disseminating to the public at large, that modern Palestine was created, via the 1920 San Remo Conference and the subsequent l922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, specifically to reconstitute the “national home” of the Jewish people. That land promised to Jews east of the Jordan River was given instead to Arabs in what is now Jordan.

“Israel is an owner not an occupier,” declared Mark Vandermaas, founder of ITW. He will be delivering practical advice and strategies on pro-active responses to anti -Israel propaganda.

Mark grew up hearing about the plight of Jews under the Nazis from his Dutch born parents who had survived the Nazi occupation of Holland. Later, as a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, he served with a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Middle East. But it was his experience with the violence and breakdown of law and order by ” the racially biased” police against the residents of Caledonia that galvanized him to action of behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

Speakers will include Israel land rights expert, Salomon Benzimra, Richard Bass, author of Israel in World Relations and Jonathan Halevi, retired IDF career intelligence officer who specialized in Palestinian affairs, now senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Editor of Shalom Toronto.

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Toronto Event: Israel Advocacy Training Workshop, Sunday, Jan 26/14

League of Nations 'Mandate For Palestine' 1922

League of Nations ‘Mandate For Palestine’ 1922. Click for download page.

UPDATES (last update Mar 06/14)

1. Mark Vandermaas’ presentation notes & learning aid handout are available for download. Mark’s presentation received a standing ovation and many positive comments afterwards.

  • Mark Vandermaas presentation, Israel Advocacy Training Workshop, Village Shul, Toronto, Jan 26/14: ‘Rules For Freedom Activists‘ [Presentation notes + learning aid handout; PDF, 11p]
  • Learning aid handout only (updated Mar 06/14): Rules For Freedom Activists: Israel Advocacy Edition [PDF,  8p]

During his presentation, Mark held up an ‘original’ copy of Israel’s ‘land title deed’ from the League of Nations, The Mandate For Palestine. Copies in text & PDF formats can now be downloaded at a new feature page on the Israel Truth Week website (see link above). Each copy includes a basic summary prepared with assistance from Salomon Benzimra of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights (CILR).

2. Toronto activist Vivienne Grace Ziner filled in for Dr. Gauthier who was called away on important business. She has been active in confronting city council support for anti-Israel gays and helped found Stop Sponsoring The Hatred. She delivered a passionate speech that opened with some insight — from her earlier advertising career in Washington  — into what she calls the “brilliant, long range, strategic, well planned campaign to disenfranchise, isolate and demonize Israel and the Jewish people” and expressed her dismay that their leaders failed to grasp what was happening:

I am angry and frustrated that we – the Jews/the Israelis – didn’t realize what was happening, that our leaders have been too smug and too self congratulatory not to see what was happening and to have reacted and responded.

  • Vivienne Grace Ziner presentation, Israel Advocacy Training Workshop, Village Shul, Toronto, Jan 26/14:PDF, 9p]

3. Presentation videos are being posted online as they are produced:


Israel Truth Week founder Mark Vandermaas will be speaking at an Israel advocacy training workshop on Jan 26/14 along with internationally known scholars and experts on Israel and her land rights such as Dr. Mordechai Kedar; Dr. Jacques Gauthier; Richard Bass; Salomon Benzimra, and Yehudit Shier Weisberg.

The workshop is organized by The Village Shul, 1072 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto from 2-9pm, and registration is just $20. Click here to register.


At a time when Israel is releasing more mass-murdering Arab terrorists in response to US pressure to force a new ‘two-state solution’ to the Middle East it is vital for friends of justice and truth to understand Israel’s rights to Judea/Samaria under international law and how to effectively advocate for those rights.

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Toronto memorial July 2/13 for Howard Grief: Israeli Legal Historian, Lawyer, Author, Advocate

(UPDATED July 04/13) Israel Truth Week founder Mark Vandermaas has been invited to say a few words at the memorial service for the noted Israeli legal historian, author, and lawyer Howard Grief who passed away recently…

The community is invited to a Shloshim Memorial to be held for

– Howard Grief –
Israeli Legal Historian, Lawyer, Author, Advocate
   Howard Grief

Tuesday, July 2/13, 7:30 p.m. 

The Toronto Zionist Centre
788 Marlee Avenue

Please RSVP, if possible to: Renanah Goldhar-Gemeiner:

(there is no admission fee for this event)

To Howard’s great love and source of strength — his family — wife Ilana and sons Ariel and Elad: May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion.



Comment: Standing on the shoulders of a giant

I, like many others, Jew and Gentile, once believed that it was the 1947 UN vote for Partition that gave Israel her legitimacy under international law. I was wrong, very wrong, as I would discover with the help of several Jewish activists who had stood on the shoulders of a giant named Howard Grief to educate me and so many others woefully ignorant of the facts.

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Toronto Israel Truth Week: Ryerson students present author Salomon Benzimra on Israel’s land rights, Thurs, March 14th, 6:30pm

The Ryerson Israeli Student Association &
Ryerson Campus Conservatives

Ryerson Campus Conservatives logo Ryerson Israeli Students Association
present the first-ever, student-organized

Israel Truth Week event on a university campus…

Author, Salomon Benzimra, P.Eng.
The Jewish People’s Rights to the Land of Israel

Mr. Benzimra will present the truth about Israel’s legitimacy under International Law via
indisputable facts from history those who demonize Israel would prefer you did not know.


Kerr Hall South (enter through Gould Street)
2nd floor, Room 239  (MAP)

March 14, 2013, 6:30-9:00pm, doors open 6pm

Admission: FREE

– Other Speakers –

  • Mark Vandermaas, Founder, Israel Truth Week
  • Goldi Steiner, Chair, Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights (CILR)


Eitan Gilboord, President, Ryerson Israeli Student Association,

ITW 150pi blue


Author, Salomon BenzimraSalomon Benzimra has led a fascinating life. He was born in 1943 in the International Zone of Tangiers (now Morocco) which was a refuge for many cultures. His early education was in French schools, but his family was Spanish-speaking. In fact, his distant ancestors lived in Spain during the 1400’s and were among the many who crossed the Straits of Gilbralter to escape the Inquisition. In addition to French, Spanish and English, Salomon also reads Hebrew, and reads and speaks a bit of Arabic.

He studied chemical engineering in France and worked in Morocco and Montreal before moving to Toronto in 1976.  He became involved in Israeli and world affairs after 9/11 and began writing for publication.

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