Criminal Code to Cover Sale and Purchase of Personal Property of Holocaust Victims


About a year and a half ago, I wrote about how people were profiting from the Holocaust.

This all came about because Viktor Kempf of Vancouver attempted to sell a pair of trousers purportedly worn by a prisoner of Auschwitz who had died in the holocaust. This matter came to light, after an article appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail. The publication found that said items included shoes and a suitcase taken from concentration camp prisoners, Star of David armbands that Jews were forced to wear and the alleged uniform of a Polish baker who died in Auschwitz.

EBay reacted quickly and responsibly by removing these 30 items from their website, making a sincerely apology, and then donating $40,000 to a charitable organization. The company admitted that they had no idea how long it had been helping sell items linked to genocide, but one Nazi memorabilia dealer boasted of selling an Auschwitz victim’s uniform for thousands of dollars on eBay last year. Ebay receives a commission on items sold, as well as charging a listing fee.

My argument was that the sale of Holocaust memorabilia is banned in France, Germany and Austria, so why is it not banned in Canada. The purchase of memorabilia from the Holocaust will only excite the sick and depraved, the neo-Nazis of the world.

In Canada, the sale of Holocaust memorabilia is not illegal. The only legislation applicable is Canada’s Criminal Code as the sale of these types of items does not meet criteria set out under current hate crime legislation.

The point that I am making is that it is morally and ethically wrong to profit from the Holocaust. Based on this same philosophy, Israel’s Yad Vashem refused to purchase Jozef Mengele’s hand written journals from Alexander Historical Auctions of Stamford, Connecticut since it felt that it would be wrong for anyone to profit from the Holocaust.

After discussing this matter with my federal Member of Parliament, Mark Adler, and convincing him that the Canadian Criminal Code should be amended to forbid the sale and purchase of material where someone can profit from the Holocaust, I am delighted that he has introduced Bill C-678, act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to make it an offence to sell or purchase the personal property of a holocaust survivor or victim, for the purpose of willfully promoting hatred as shown by the following extract from House of Common’s Hansard reporting service.

Mark Adler

No one should profit from the misfortune of anyone, especially a Holocaust victim or survivor. I thank Mr. Adler for strengthening Canada’s Criminal Code, and our country’s hate laws. Bill C-678 recently was introduced and received first reading in Parliament. Hopefully, it’s well under way to becoming law.

 

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Superman Battles Islamic Extremism


SupermanA few days ago, I watched a fascinating television program about Stetson Kennedy. For those who may not know, Kennedy was the unsung hero who infiltrated and unmasked the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940’s. He was referred to as “the greatest single contributor to the weakening of the Ku Klux Klan”.

After World War II, Kennedy worked as a journalist for the liberal newspaper PM. His stories appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Post and The Nation, for which he was for a time Southern correspondent. He authored a number of exposés of the Klan and the racist Jim Crow system including Southern Exposure (1946), Jim Crow Guide to the USA (1959), and After Appomattox: How the South Won the War (1995).

In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing. In 1946, Kennedy provided information that included secret code words and details of Ku Klux Klan rituals to the writers of the Superman radio program. The result was a series of episodes in which Superman the “Man of Steel” battled the hateful forces of the Grand Dragon and the Klan.

In the 1940s, The Adventures of Superman was a radio sensation. Kids across the country huddled around their sets as the Man of Steel leapt off the page and over the airwaves. Although Superman had been fighting crime in print since 1938, the weekly audio episodes now fleshed out his storyline even further.

In my view Kennedy reasoned that to make the greatest impact on the Klan and reduce its influence, it would be important to target children, the Klansmen of tomorrow. America had just come out of World War II and the fight against Nazism. Pictures of the atrocities of the holocaust were circulating far and wide. Superman comics had devoted a great deal of activity to fighting Nazism and America’s enemies, and now the Superman series was looking for new material.

What better way to influence and educate the children of the United States that the Klan was everything that America stood against. It would be the battle of “Truth, Justice and the American way”, against the forces of evil; this time, the Klan.

The 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. The series concerned how a new kid on the block, an Asia named Tommy Lee became the pitcher for the Unity Club Baseball Team because he was supposedly better than the team’s current pitcher, Chuck Griggs an all American. Chuck’s uncle, a Klan member embellishes the story and puts the usual racist spin on it of the white American were being forced out of their place of prominence and displaced by immigrants.

The following is the second episode in the series. Yes, I realize that the series is quite HOKEY. But listening to this episode in its entirety will give you a better idea of what happened, and how it was twisted around racially. The following is the second episode of the series.

One of the unexpected results was that by exposing many of the Klan’s most guarded secrets, from code words to rituals, Superman completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them. Continue reading

Can the CBC Be Blamed For Gian Ghomeshi


CBCJian Ghomeshi turned up the heat not only for himself but also for the CBC. It appears that the broadcast has continually followed “a hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil” culture to thrive when it comes to harassment and sexual harassment and assault of its employees.

The unfolding of the Ghomeshi affairs have included various incidents involving Ghomeshi where he assaulted and harassed many CBC co-workers

The first incident of Ghomeshi’s behaviour came to light in 2010 when a complainant went to Arif Noorani, the Producer of “Q” in the hope that he would protect her. In turn, Noorani did nothing. Now we find out that he has decided to leave “Q” possibly due to the personal embarrassment of doing nothing to protect employees, and allowing Ghomeshi to continue his harassing behaviour for another four years.

GhomeshiNow a total of nine people have come forward with complaints that Ghomeshi sexually harassed them. Most of what has been reported has come from sources other than the CBC. We do know that the CBC has acknowledged what has happened, going as far as expressing regret and arranging for counselling for other victims that may come forward. Yet it has offered very little reporting from an “in house” perspective from which only it can provide.

Years ago the CBC had evidence that Ghomeshi sexually assaulted a female on at least one occasion. Sexual assault is a crime. Why wasn’t the police called at that time? If the CBC saw another crime such as robbery or murder being committed, would they alert the police?

Even when Ghomeshi was terminated, the CBC offered him the option of resigning and pretending that his departure was voluntary. This, amounts to the broadcaster knowing about Ghomeshi’s crimes and escapades, but with the best scenario offered by the CBC that he goes away quietly, and no one would ever know. This again illustrates and corroborates that same hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil mentality that has continued to operate at the CBC. One must ask if the broadcaster’s attitude to protect the criminal and give him the opportunity to reoffend?

Although personnel policies to safeguard and respect the rights of CBC employees do exist, they are meaningless and hollow if the corporation refused to take action. In other words, talk is cheap, and in this case worthless.

The CBC has already admitted that there is a problem from within. However, it is unable to examine and report on itself. No doubt, the CBC is the problem, and only the CBC can it be part of the solution.

In the following link, the Sun News Network asks some important questions about the CBC’s handling of the issue

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/the-ghomeshi-scandal-continues/3873378651001

The CBC owes both its employees and the public a frank and honest explanation and apology for what happened. As Canadians how can we trust the CBC when we cannot count on its integrity to do the right thing.

Remembrance Day 2014 – No Greater Time to Honour Our Veterans


poppyI take pride that many Canadians choose to wear red poppies at this time of the year. From what I can see across Canada, the number of people who choose to wear a red poppy as a sign of respect and remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives has not diminished over the years.

This tradition culminates on November 11th, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, with ceremonies involving the laying of wreathes, two minutes of silence, and the playing of the Last Post. We take a bit of time to pause, and reflect on our lives, and consider and pay our respects to the many who gave their lives so that we can live in a country free from tyranny, and where we can partake in the many freedoms that we take for granted. Continue reading

Should Jian Ghomeshi Share a Cell With Paul Bernardo


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Jian Ghomeshi, former host of CBC radio culture show Q,

When it first came to light that “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC because they believed his sexual behaviour was unbecoming of a prominent host, I said to myself “what an absolute moron”! I apply this same standard of behaviour to everyone and especially to those who are high profile and prominent for they are constantly in the public spotlight. The world supposedly looks up to them, and they should know better.

Just ask the Ford brothers if they were judged in the same way as regular folk. They were held to higher standards reserved mostly for the “big shots and the chosen people”.

Now we have Ghomeshi who first came forward crying woe is me because the CBC terminated his employment based on his sexual indiscretions. He made it sound like it was based on a jealous lover, making him look like “the love em and leave em” type. Then when three women came forward, detailing the incidents of how, they were beaten, slapped and choked against their will by Ghomeshi, his explanation of being an innocent bystander to these amorous escapades just fell apart. Since then, nine women have made allegations about being assaulted by Ghomeshi.

Actress Lucy DeCoutere recounted how she was repeatedly slapped by Ghomeshi. Then lawyer Reva Seth revealed how Ghomeshi choked her, and violently and sexually assaulted her. How can assault and especially sexual assault ever be considered to be consensual? Yes, I am a prude, and I am extremely proud of it. If someone gives me a flag with “I am a prude” written on it, I will probably jump up and down and wave it with pride.

No one should ever be the victim of any kind of assault or violence.

Digging his grave deeper, Ghomeshi then admitted that he showed his employer a tape of how consensual BDSM sex could cause bruises. Navigator, the prominent crisis management and public relations firm subsequently dropped him as his client based on his lies. It all backfired on him, and not only removed all doubt about Ghomeshi but showed the world what he really is – a sadistic pervert, plain and simple. Even the BDSM community is calling Ghomeshi’s style of sex, out and out abuse as shown in the video contained in the following link.

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With his lack of respect for women for anything other than they should be used to fulfill his perverse fantasies, he could be a poster boy for ISIS which also violates and sexually abuses thousands of women. The only difference between Ghomeshi and ISIS is that he was until now financially supported by the Canadian public through the CBC.

On that note there are many questions for which the CBC should be held accountable. First of all, according to reports, the CBC should have been aware of Ghomeshi’s violent and sexually harassing behaviour. The first incident occurred in 2010 when a producer of “Q” complained that Ghomeshi threatened to hate f_ck her. If this wasn’t sexual harassment, what else was it? As well as being a cornerstone of its personnel policies to protect its employees, the CBC had an obligation to its employees and the public to launch an investigation, and if evidence of a wrong doing was found, Ghomeshi should have been immediately terminated.

Instead, the CBC allowed this culture of harassment to continue for another four years, unabated. During this time another employee was sexually harassed with Ghomeshi cupping his hands on her buttocks. The same women spoke to the Executive Producer of Q about the incident, and he or she did nothing. What is with this “do nothing” culture at the CBC?

How many more unreported incidents of harassment and abuse occurred?

Then when the broadcaster moved to cut its ties with Ghomeshi, it offered him the option of resigning and pretending that his departure from the CBC was voluntary. Instead, he announced plans to sue the company for $50 million.

Now the CBC is providing counselling to employees who may have been victim to Ghomeshi’s perverted and abusive antics. CBC president Hubert Lacroix, in a statement titled “Note to Canadians,” said the allegations “have left me in shock, sadness, and some anger.” He also said that as a father of two young daughters, he empathizes with those “who have felt powerless to speak out, or who have tried to speak out and felt ignored.” This speaks more to CBC’s “do nothing” culture.

What is it with the CBC? Years ago it had evidence that Ghomeshi committed a crime of sexual assault on at least one occasion. Why didn’t they call the police? If the CBC saw robbery or murder being committed, would they not alert the police? Clearly, the integrity and reputation of Canada’s broadcaster has to be questioned.

As a crown corporation which is supported in some part by Canadian taxpayers, the CBC should be held accountable to the public. My appreciation of the CBC and its reputation has been drastically eroded. They owe Canadians both an explanation and apology, and probably a thorough housecleaning.

The Toronto Police Service has now launched an investigation of these accusations against Ghomeshi. I admire and deeply respect these women who have come forward with their complaints. They are definitely doing the right thing. These are truly women of immense character.

As for Ghomeshi, my hope is that he ends up sharing a cell with Paul Bernardo so he can truly appreciate how these women have been made to feel.

American Musical Classics and the Dream of Israel


wizard of ozI recently received an email which initially emanated from Louise Blondin Media Inc. about the origin and symbolism of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. The song was voted the 20th century’s number one song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Very few people realize the significance of the film and how it is deeply embedded and reflective of the Jewish experience and the fulfillment of the dream of the establishment of the State of Israel. This really “hit home to me” in light of the events in the Middle East last summer, when rockets or “the flying bombs” were being propelled at Israeli citizens, and Israeli citizens entrenched themselves in their desire to persevere.

Many of the great American classics were written by Jews, and Jews have left their mark on Broadway from its very earliest beginning. Songs such as God Bless America and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” were written by Johnny Marks, while “White Christmas” and “God Bless America” were written by Irving Berlin, a cantor’s son. They were all Jewish. Jews have left their mark on the American and contemporary musical landscapes.

Probably, the best example of the embodiment of the Jewish aspirations for freedom and to live in a land where they belong and can call home is reflected by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” whose lyrics were written by Yip Harburg, and whose music was written by Harold Arlen. Yip Harburg whose real name was Isidore Hochberg was born to Russian Jewish Immigrants, while Harold Arlen was born as Hyman Arluck to Lithuanian Jewish parents.

In writing the song, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish traditions and consciousness – framed by the pogroms of the past and the Holocaust about to happen – and wrote that unforgettable melody set to words that embody the Jewish spirit and the need to persevere in a land of their own.

When one reads the lyrics of the song, it is easy to visualize how it is reflective of the Jewish experiences of intolerance and the repeated expulsion from many a land throughout the centuries, and as immigrants to America in search of freedom. Each year at the end of Passover, Jews traditionally recite the words: “Next year in Jerusalem”. With the onset of World War II and its atrocities, with the allusion to the “land I once heard in a lullaby” and “dreams you dare to dream” the song becomes prophetic of the yearning for the creation of the State of Israel.

In honour of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the release of the “Wizard of Oz”, the song was performed by Pink at the 2014 Oscar Awards. She sang the song with highlights of the film in the background.

Read the lyrics in this context and suddenly the words are no longer about wizards and Oz, but about Jewish survival in a land that they can call their own:

Somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high,

There’s a land that I heard of

Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Skies are blue,

And the dreams that you dare to dream

Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far

Behind me.

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Bluebirds fly.

Birds fly over the rainbow.

Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly

Beyond the rainbow

Why, oh why can’t I?

Final Lev Tahor Members Leave Canada Through Deceit


As you know, I have been following the Lev Tahor controversy with more than just keen interest. Lev Tahor has been aptly called a cult by many within and outside the Jewish community as a result of the allegations and evidence of child abuse, poor hygiene, forced marriages of 13 year olds, drugging members, human traficking and many other allegations.

Members of Lev Tahor Outside Typhus Infested Abandoned Office Building in Guatemala City

Lev Tahor has now completely fled Canada, and the country’s laws and courts, to establish what they want to call a paradise in Guatemala. No doubt they chose Guatemala in keeping with their questionable customs as the legal age for the marriage of girls is 13 years.

I have been advocating for the rights of these families which have suffered and continue to suffer the loss of their children, brothers and sisters to this cult. Earlier this year the exodus of members to Guatemala began. Two families fled in defiance of a court order that they remain in the Chatham area. Two minors, at the time,  a 14 and a 16 year old girl were apprehended in Trinidad while en route to Guatemala, and returned to Canada. Once they were returned, they were ordered to be placed in foster care by Chatham-Kent Children’s Services (CKCS). Because suitable facilities were not available in or near Chatham, Toronto’s Jewish Family & Child Services (JF&CS) would oversee the day-to-day care of the two girls.

Since the cult first surfaced to attention, I have been involved “through thick and thin”. I hosted the grandmother and a family friend when they visited the girls in foster care. I negotiated visits with the girls for them, and arranged for them to spend the Sabbath together.

In Guatemala, the cult has already experienced expulsion from the town of San Juan de Laguna where they were accused of arrogance, intimidating local residents and other matters. Moving from a dirt floor house, they are now living in an abandoned office building in the country’s capital where they lack sanitary facilities, and all of the other necessities for a reasonable existence. It is no wonder that an outbreak of typhus has occurred. So much for their paradise!

Apparently, last weekend, the two remaining girls in foster care escaped from their foster home and took a taxi to the Toronto bus terminal, and then a bus to Niagara Falls where they met their father. Apparently Nachman Helbrans, a cult leader, and the girls’ father aided and possibly arranged their escape.

Joseph Solimani & Nachman Helbrans

Father of the Two Girls (left) with Lev Tahor Henchman, Nachman Helbrans (right)

According to media reports, they were stopped by U.S. authorities where they were placed in the care of Children’s Services of Niagara County, New York. Their case quickly came before the U.S. courts, but the children were both returned to the father who more than likely assisted them in evading Canada’s court and justice system. This was reported in the Montreal Gazette.

CKCS may be unjustly accused of allowing the girls to escape and evade the Ontario courts. Although they may be the responsible agency, it must be understood that JF&CS was involved in supervising the day-day-day and overall care being provided to the girls. These arrangements were made to ensure that the needs of the girls were met with respect to kosher food and to ensure their comfort from a orthodox perspective. Let’s face it, there are few if any Jewish families in Chatham where the girls could be placed, and kosher food is not readily, if at all available.

Therefore JF&CS were given the job and authority of responsibility to supervise the day-to-day foster care, safety and security of the two girls. In fact, it was JF&CS that arranged for foster care and placed them into the foster home.

Based on what has been written and reported in the media, there are many questions that have to be answered by JF&CS:

  1. How did the two girls manage to leave their foster home without being detected?
  2. Who had access to the foster home? When I went to pick up the grandmother who visited them for the Sabbath, I was subjected to a very thorough questioning by the security guard at the home.
  3. As they took a taxi to the bus terminal, and then a bus to Niagara Falls, who assisted them and how were they able to contact the girls?
  4. As the girls did not have any money, where did they get the money for the taxi and bus fare?
  5. Knowing that they were not allowed to go anywhere without a male escort, how did the two girls know to go to the bus station? Who assisted them to break the law?
  6. The foster home was located on an “out of the way street”. No taxi would venture on that street unless it was to pick-up or drop off a fare. Who arranged for the taxi?
  7. How did the girls get the money to take a taxi and bus?
  8. How did a foster family in Montreal know before anyone else that the girls had fled? Why did the foster family in Toronto allegedly contact the foster family in Montreal?

But the most important question of all was: did JF&CS did breach confidentiality? On a personal note, I know of two occasions in the past where the agency had breached confidentiality. If true why were these two foster homes allowed to have contact with each other?

As a representative of the grandmother, I immediately called JF&CS. The supervisor denied any knowledge of the incident nor any responsibility for what occurred even though they placed the girls in the foster home or were responsible for their supervision – a totally disturbing and reprehensible attitude on their part.

There are other issues that have to be considered. Why did Lev Tahor’s lawyer allow, and not counsel the father to refrain from aiding and abetting the escape of the girls from foster care against the court order that they remain in care? According to him, he only found out about the girls once they reached the border. But he should have counselled the father to return the girls to Canada.

The two girls were the last members of the cult to leave Canada. A week before the incident occurred, the Hayon family which were the sole remaining family in Chatham made arrangements to leave and return to Israel with their six children. According to the family, Nachman Helbrans, the son of the devious, deceptive and dangerous cult leader, Shlomo Helbrans paid them a visit and kidnapped two of the children – a girl aged 15 years, and a boy aged 18 years.

Once they returned to Israel, the remaining members of the family were honoured with a party. The following photograph shows the uncle of the two girls that escaped from the foster home with Esther Hayon and two of her children. It’s unfortunate that all 6 children could not be reunited in Israel, together.

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This is the kind of criminal behavour which is par for course for Lev Tahor.