I’m not particularly religious but Yom Kippur is an important holiday for Jews, and I was surprised to receive an invitation to speak at a synagogue last night.
I started off by praising Canada: other than perhaps Israel itself, there is no safer, more welcoming place in the world for Jews to live today.
Then I mentioned Palmyra, the ancient city that was recently taken over by ISIS, then liberated; Palmyra was once a mighty city, and now it’s in ruins.
And then I mentioned Malmo, thirty years ago a ship-building city of Swedes. Today it’s half Muslim, with huge no-go zones, that I only visited in broad daylight with a bodyguard, when I went there this spring.
And my point was, to these content, complacent Jews, living in suburban Toronto — how long will Toronto be the delightful city, so comfortable and Jew-friendly that it is?
Because there are about 350,000 Jews in Canada, about one per cent of the population. But since 9/11, Canada has doubled its Muslim population.
And we’re not vetting anyone for their beliefs, even though polls show Muslims from places like Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey don’t share our western values.
And I said one last thing:
As a child I went to a small Jewish school in Calgary, and our principal and Grade 1 teacher were Holocaust survivors, who had in fact met in a concentration camp. They taught us about the Holocaust, and all I could think was:
How could they not see what was coming…?
WATCH to see what happened at the synagogue after my speech:
Who agreed with me, and who didn’t. The split was very revealing…
NEXT: Our good friend John Carpay from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, comes on to talk about a troubling free speech story out of Edmonton, where a court ruled that the city was justified in pulling bus ads promoting help for Muslim girls and women at risk.
THEN: Author Noah Richler joins me to discuss his book "The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail," about his run for office as an NDP candidate.
FINALLY: Your messages to me!