The Jewish Defence League was welcomed back to Calgary. Rabbi Meir Weinstein is the head of the Toronto based Jewish Defence League, or the JDL, in Canada and he spoke at the downtown Calgary event on Sunday night.
The JDL takes never again seriously. They are committed to never again stand by idly while Israel and the Jewish people are attacked. The JDL does this through education, security, self defence training, protests and media monitoring.
Canada isn’t immune to anti-semitism. You just won’t hear about it in the mainstream media. Mob violence broke out in July, 2014 when a pro Israel group counter protested a pro Palestinian rally in front of Calgary City Hall. The Hamilton family was sent to the hospital that day after being beaten in the streets.
In the wake of that mob violence and in the face of rising tide of anti-semitic violence sweeping through Europe, a group of people from all backgrounds and faiths decided something had to be some to defend the Jewish community in Calgary.
There are two things that are so profound about the group of people bringing the JDL back to Calgary. The first was that they aren’t all Jews.They are people from different faiths, and diverse backgrounds who all support the right of the Jewish state to exist and they are willing to fight anti-semitism wherever they find it. Secondly, this is a group who aren’t waiting around for someone else - or the government - to solve their problems.
They’re doing it for themselves. That’s the Alberta way, no matter what faith you are.