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.

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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

Disabled Persons Harassed and Discriminated Because of their Disabilities is a Hate Crime


Recently the CBC aired a video about Andre Arruda that showed he was being harassed for the mere fact that he is disabled. Arruda, a Toronto comedian suffers from a rare genetic disorder which left him with a height of a little over 3 feet. He uses a scooter as a mobility aid to get around.

The following is the video of Arruda. One will note the many insulting and ignorant comments and stares that he was continually forced to endure. It was a normal day for him.

As a person with a physical disability, this struck a chord with me. I recall the countless times that rude and demeaning comments were made against me by purely ignorant people. One day as I was exiting a building in downtown Toronto, an elderly lady came up to me and as she was sizing me up, said: “Dear what happened to you”? My response to her was that as God made you ugly and ignorant, this is the way he made me. Continue reading

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

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.

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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.

Lev Tahor: All Is Not Right in Paradise


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Lev Tahor Members Loading on to a Bus Leaving San Juan de Laguna, Guatemala

It seems that there is trouble in paradise for Lev Tahor. After fleeing Quebec in the middle of the night last December for Chatham-Kent, and then defying a court order not to leave the Chatham area, the cult any way fled to the idyllic village of San Juan de Laguna, Guatemala where they sought refuge. The remaining few families left Chatham quietly for Guatemala over the last few weeks. From what I understand, 2 of the girls placed into foster care by the Ontario courts have now been abandoned by their parents.

They are now being “run out of town” lock, stock and Chumash. According to reports, village elders threatened to cut off water and electricity to the cult if they didn’t leave.

Some boarded buses during the last few days of August in search of a welcoming Guatemalan community which will allow them to build 30 homes. The rest will follow in the next few days.

Once again, the cult leadership, is conveniently playing the role of the poor victim. “I don’t understand why they don’t want us. We’re doing nothing bad here,” Uriel Goldman, a spokesperson for the community wrote in an e-mail, “They also warned us they would remove us from the village by force.”

One community resident was quoted saying that several members of the group had upset residents because of their arrogant attitude. He went on to say that several times members of the Lev Tahor community would go into stores and pay whatever they wanted for the products rather than the marked price. They also bothered tourists where on one occasion there was a tourist taking pictures of a hill and the Jews thought he was taking photos of them and they clashed.

After reading what residents have said, it is easy to come to a conclusion that it’s absolute poppy-cock!  Even if one of the members did say that there were people who liked them and cried when they left, where are his/her witnesses? Statements like this mean nothing without proof. So if any resident of San Juan de Laguna wants to come forward and say that he/she supports this cult, I welcome them to do so. But be prepared to provide your real name and proof that you are a resident.

What bothers me is that there are still Jews who continue to conveniently cry anti-Semitism instead of looking within themselves. Just listen to the following interview by Uriel Goldman where he accuses the Canadian courts of planning genocide against the cult.

Rabbi Shalom Pelman, who leads the Chabad Lubavitch congregation in Guatemala’s capital city, said it is the type of activity that brings to mind the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. He went on to say: “This is not typical in the world I live in. Even in Iran, Jews are not expelled.”

As a child of holocaust survivors, I feel that Rabbi Pelman is cheapening the holocaust when he equates the cult’s eviction with Nazi Germany. During the reign of Hitler, the Jews of many of the towns and villages lived if not in harmony, at least in co-existence with gentiles. It was only with the emergence with Nazism were Jews deported. By the way, at that time they were deported to concentration camps.

I wonder if Rabbi Pelman spoke to his colleague at Chabad in San Pedro, Guatemala which has served San Juan de Laguna since 2010. Is this Chabad House being forced to close down because of anti-Semitism and harassment from the local community?

Shame on you, Rabbi Pelman! Did you go to San Juan de Laguna and investigate? Did you speak with any of the locals?

The answer here lies in the arrogance of the cult according to locals, and their refusal to conform to societal norms. It was seen in Quebec where authorities determined that society’s minimal standards of education were not being met. The CBC showed how children could not add numbers.

There may even be a sense of entitlement by the cult and its leaders. What respectful individual would go into a store, and tell a store keeper how much he will pay for an item, when the price is posted? Central America is not eastern Europe where anti-Semitism has been entrenched for centuries upon centuries.

It’s a holier than thou art attitude that is practiced by Lev Tahor and other Hareidi sects. It’s one thing to practice your religion and culture freely. But it is another thing to practice your religion while invading the norms of general society and mocking society and everyone else’s beliefs.

As a Jew, Lev Tahor has little tolerance for me, and they have called me many names. I have news for them. At the end of the day I can go to sleep with a clear conscience knowing that I have tried to be respectful of others and their beliefs. However, I draw the line at others who commit child and spousal abuse. From what I have been told, and from what I have seen, Lev Tahor practices both types of abuse.

In the case of Lev Tahor, it’s called RESPECT. Without showing respect for others, and in the case of this cult, I doubt that they will be welcome anywhere.

The UN: From Irrelevance to Becoming Dangerous


UNOver the years, and since I was an adolescent I have always been amazed by the United Nations and its consistent inability to be effectual, and how it is hijacked by one faction or another.

At first I thought that the United Nations was merely one-sided. I am not going to use the term anti-Semitic because the term has been used “ad nauseam” and conveniently by Jews to describe every kind of difference they have with non-Jews, even when religious beliefs are not the basis for these differences. Please do not get me wrong, there are many cases throughout the world where anti-Semitism or hatred of Jews and the Jewish religion is at the core and drives a conflict.

Recently, I came across an interview where a Belgian doctor refused to provide medical help to a 90 year old American Jewish Tourist based solely on her own religious practices. For all intents and purposes, the lady could have been an anti-Zionist or anti-Israeli. However, the doctor refused to investigate her political beliefs, and made his decision not to provide medical care purely on the basis of her religious practices, and for no other reason whatsoever. This is clearly a case of anti-Semitism, and nothing else as shown in the following video.

In the case of the UN, over the years I have noticed the organization’s behaviour as being anti-Israeli. I won’t describe it as being anti-Semitic, as the organization’s actions have been detrimental to Israel’s majority Jewish population, as well as to the country’s many Muslims and Christians. Perish the thought if one said or felt that the UN was anti-Christian, or God forbid, anti-Muslim. To stop any and all debate, pure and simple, let’s just call it being: anti-Israeli or anti-Israel.

What started with my biased or one-sided view of the UN, was translated to a view of the organization being ineffectual. I remember the countless times that delegates have walked out of UN Security Council debates when Israeli delegates rose to speak. UN Peace Keeping forces did not stop the Serbian genocide of Bosnian Muslims in the early 1970’s. I doubt if the UN has the moral capacity or capability of mediating the “Pepsi Challenge”.

In July 1976, Palestinian and German terrorists hijacked an Air France plane to Uganda, and threatened to kill the civilian hostages, after Israel raided the Ugandan airport and saved most of the hostages, United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim “condemned Israel” for the violation of Ugandan sovereignty“. In his book, former UN Ambassador Dore Gold discusses that the UN has fueled global crisis through moral relativism. I call it moral bankruptcy, when the organization does nothing to stop conflicts, and allows countries that support and export state terrorism to remain as full-fledged members within their organization. It’s moral bankruptcy when the UN General Assembly pays its respects with a minute of silence in the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

I will even argue that this moral bankruptcy is dangerous from the point of view of the UN’s ability and any inclination that it may have to mediate conflicts and protect the innocent. No where can we see this better, than in the violence between Hamas controlled Gaza, and Israel.

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Members of Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades

In the years before this escalation, has the UN at least made their usual ineffectual and impotent act of censuring Hamas for their indiscriminate firing of rockets at Israeli settlements? The answer to this question is a resounding – NO!

Now with the recent escalation of the conflict with Israel attempting to destroy the tunnels used by Hamas to attack Israeli citizens and its capability to launch rockets against Israel, we see the repeated UN role as a tool of the murder and destruction being caused by Hamas against the citizens of Gaza and Israel. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency was found to have housed rockets in one of its schools. The UN was also quick to condemn Israel for the death of a Gaza child when in fact she was killed by a Hamas rocket.

Now, the most idiotic and dangerous comment has just come from the UN’s top human rights official Navi Pillay who condemned Israel for its military actions to stop Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. It accused Israel of “defying International Law… in a way that may constitute war crimes.” She went on to say that Israel was not protecting civilians, and that it should share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the “governing authority” of Gaza, which is Hamas.

I would laugh at the stupidity of this suggestion if it wasn’t so irresponsible and dangerous. I hope that Navi Pillay considers wearing a helmet to protect whatever brain cells that she may have. If we listen to her, Russia should also share its nuclear technology with the Ukraine, and North Korea should definitely share its nuclear technology with South Korea.