Short: Tom Pessah

We spoke with Tom Pessah, an activist & academic based in Tel Aviv. We talked about his work with Amram, a group working to expose the truth about Israel’s mass kidnapping of Yemenite, Mizrahi and Balkan children in the 1950s. We spoke about the racism that led to these kidnappings, and his investigation into JIMENA, the largest group representing Mizrahi Jews in the US.

Show Notes:

Forward – What Happened to the Yemenite Children? We’re Still Waiting On an Answer

Jewschool – Jews of the Middle East or Ashkenazi Donors?

972 Mag – The Tragedy of the Lost Yemenite Children: In the Footsteps of the Adoptees

Amram’s New English-Language Website

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Short: Bernie Farber

We spoke with Bernie Farber (former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress) about his recent role in helping uncover the truth about Ayman Elkasrawy, a Toronto Imam fired from his job due to false accusations of Anti-Semitism. We talked about the uneven relationship between Jewish and Muslim communities in Canada, the rise of the far-right, and how mainstream Jewish groups no longer understand what Anti-Semitism really means.
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34 What the Hell is Going On in Québec?

On this episode, we try to take a step back and give some context to the continuing rise of Islamophobia in Québec.

We spoke with Houda Asal, historian, sociologist, activist, and author of the recent book ‘Se Dire Arabe au Canada.‘ We talked about the history of Anti-Arab racism in Québec, how it relates to Islamophobia, and what we can learn from past migrant struggles against racism.

We also spoke with Alex, a longtime activist & organizer who’s participated in movements against the far-right in Québec since the 1980s. We spoke about the recent surge in far-right organizing, the relationship between these groups & the state, and how our current moment differs from the 1990s.

For more on the recent history of Islamophobia in Québec, you can listen to this episode we did following the mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Québec City.