JDL Chanukah Party with Brian Lilley


Book signing with Brian Lilley


Happy Chanukah, everybody!

The mood was festive at tonight’s Chanukah party organized by JDL-Canada.  The abundance of bagels and excellent donuts attracted a large crowd. Just as attractive were the guests of honour, whom JDL invited this year.


Listening to the speakers


Brian Lilley, the host of SUN TV’s Byline, came to present his new book CBC Exposed and sign copies of it.  Joseph Ben-Ami, President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies (a conservative think tank) was also there.


Brian Lilley makes a point



Joseph Ben-Ami


A special honour was to have in the audience Faye Shulman a Holocaust survivor and a decorated veteran from the armed struggle against Nazism.

To remind everybody that not all Jews have the same carefree holiday, Rachel Lefkowitz from JDL read a touching letter from Elisheva Federman, a brave woman from Hebron, whose family had been for years on the forefront of the struggle for the Jewish land. Over the last few years their house has been demolished 6 times by the Israeli government, while the authorities have often been lenient to the Palestinian terrorists.

Meir Weinstein (Director of JDL-Canada) spoke about the challenges faced by the Jewish communities in Canada and the world, showing how the ancient spirit of Chanukah is still living in the struggle of the Jews to not only survive but to thrive and defeat their enemies.


Meir Weinstein and Julius Suraski


In his presentation Brian Lilley shared his frustration with the “progressive” media and their tireless efforts to push a leftist agenda. He pointed out as an example the hostility toward the Christian education, especially the Catholic institutions. In some provinces they are forced by the government to change their traditional doctrines to suit the “progressive” curriculum, which is imposed on them.

Of course, CBC, as a flagship of the lefty media, soon came to spotlight – Lilley quoted cases covered in his book, where CBC had twisted the truth although they claim they are objective. Some of their commentators stubbornly refused to call the Palestinian militants “terrorists”, while one of them had no problem lying that JDL is a terrorist organization banned in Canada. The bias has alienated many people and their viewership lags behind other private TV networks.

Brian didn’t think any solution is possible while CBC keeps its present status. Even if their budget is cut by half or more, they are not going to change. The only real solution (with which Ben-Ami agreed) is to privatize the corporation and let its own employees run it without any government subsidies.

It wasn’t surprising that this proposal was met with applause – obviously there were not many CBC fans in the crowd.


A few familiar faces…


Let’s hope that the next year there would be even more great events to celebrate on Chanukah…


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  2. SM ISAC says:

    It was a great evening. I especially appreciated the spirit of Hanukkha very much alive in the people who filled the hall. I had the chance to thank Faye Shuldman for her talk last year, then someone else in the audience who remembered her talk given 30(!) years ago expressed the same sentiments.

    Brian Lilley was great.His book “CBC exposed” which I’m reading now is filled with facts and cases which put together makes compelling case for 100% de-funding it.

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