The Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, Canada’s unique pro-Israel academic think-tank, now in its 26th year, is sponsoring a Gala Lunch Reception, honouring the Israeli Air Force and Mahal, the volunteers who fought alongside Israelis during the 1948 War of Independence.
It will be held Wednesday, June 11th, 11:20 a.m – 2:30 p.m, during the 40th Anniversary Year of the Yom Kippur War, and will take place at the Moss Park Regimental Armoury, 130 Queen St. East.
Mahal is the Hebrew acronym for overseas volunteers. From l947 to l949, more than 4,400 Mahalniks from 56 different countries, came to defend and fight for the State of Israel during its War of Independence. They were recognized as an integral part of Israel’s victory over five invading Arab armies. Representing Mahal will be Joe Warner, a Torontonian who was with the second Canadian Mahal Group, in the anti- tank wing of the Givati Brigade.
Keynote Speaker General Eitan Ben Eliayahu was Commander-in-Chief Chief of the Israel Air Force (IAF), from 1996 to 2000. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he was an active fighter pilot during his 38 years with the IAF and was involved in some of their most important operations. As commander of a squadron of F-4 Phantoms in the Yom Kippur War, he shot down two Egyptian fighters. In l981, he participated in Operation Opera, resulting in the destruction of Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor.
Currently, General Ben Eliayahu is Chairman of Aeronautics Ltd, developer and manufacturer of UAVs (Unmanned Airborne Vehicles). He is a leading analyst and commentator on regional and international defense and security issues.
Sarah Bernamoff, although only 22, is a 2013 University of Calgary graduate who is leading the way in the battle against BDS and Israel demonization campaigns on Canadian campuses. Sarah is the founder both of Calgary United with Israel, an organization opposing anti- Israel hate speech and libel on campus, and of Canadians for Human Rights.
An outspoken critic of the “non- confrontational” stance of some Jewish on-campus organizations, she is working with CIJR on the newly formed Canadian Freedom Alliance, a national coordinating group supporting pro-Israel students.
CIJR is a unique, independent and internationally respected Montreal- and Toronto- based academic think tank. Grouping respected academics from across Canada, the U.S. and Israel, the Institute’s goal is to educate both the public, Jewish and non-Jewish, and students, and actively to advocate for Israel on campus, in the media, and in the Jewish community. CIJR has links in Israel and around the world with the major thinkers and decision-makers of today.
The emailed Isranet Daily Briefing and Israfax printed quarterly, feature articles by outstanding scholars and international columnists. Israzine is a monthly web-mag, and the student-written Dateline Middle East journal (now in its 25th consecutive year!) addresses campus, Israel-advocacy, and key Jewish-world issues.
Participating in the Anniversary Gala will be CIJR’s dynamic Founder and Director, Professor Frederick Krantz, as well as National Board Chairman Jack Kincler, the driving force behind the Canadian Freedom Alliance.
RSVP to CIJR at isranet.org or call toll-free, 1 (855) 303 5544. (Members of the media are personally invited to attend the Lunch Reception.)