Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Terrible way to discipline a child
When I was a child, my mother strapped me on my hands and on my butt. One time she strapped me in front of a friend of mine. She also beat me with a ski pole. When I lived in a group home, I was strapped several times after the strap had been left in a sink full of water overnight so that the strap would be heavier. I was also strapped on my hands at school until I was in grade nine.
When I was a supervisor in a young offender’s facility, I was ordered to strap two of the boys on their butts. They deserved to be punished but in my opinion, not that way. For quite a few years now, in Canada, it is illegal to strap a child or even spank a child. Up until the 1960s, whippings on an adult prisoner’s backs and strappings on their butts were regularly used in adult male prisons.
My wife and I have two daughters and five grandchildren. I spanked my oldest daughter when she was four. I had caught her several times pinching her one month-old baby sister while her sister was in her crib. For four nights in a row, I spanked my oldest daughter very gently on her butt and on the fourth night, I asked her if she knew why I was spanking her. She said that she didn’t know why. I told her that her sister also didn’t know why she was being pinched. My daughter got the message right away and after that, I never spanked her again because I didn’t need to or want to. She never spanked her daughter either.  Ironically, at age 40, my daughter is a compliance officer with the Department of Corrections in Ontario and as such, she inspects prisons and interviews inmates who have complaints. They never complain about physical punishment because as I said earlier, that all ended in the 1960s.    
We have all been punished in one way or another for misbehaving but some parents go too far in punishing their children. What follows is an example of a really stupid father who simply didn’t know how to discipline his daughter without causing her harm. Here is what happened to that particular father’s daughter when he did something really stupid.
 In 2015, a 13-year-old Tacoma Washington girl whose name was Izabel Laxamana was foolishly disciplined by her father. Her father cut off her hair because of something she had done that didn’t please him. There was a 15-second video showing her father questioning his daughter after cutting off her hair as punishment. In the video, the father said for the camera as he paned from his daughter’s face to a pile of hair lying at her feet.  “Man, you lost all that beautiful hair.  Was it worth it?”
This stupid fool then continued to videotape his conversation with his very distraught daughter. While her father may have intended the video to be a personal reminder for his daughter’s eyes only, an unidentified third party uploaded the video, thinking it would help. I have to presume that the unidentified person was a member of the family. If that is so, then that person is a creep.
Obviously the girl was embarrassed being bald but if she was aware that the video had been seen by some of her schoolmates, she would have been devastated. The thought of being ridiculed at school would have been too much for her. 
Within a day or so, she was a passenger in her family’s car and when the car was being driven over an overpass, she opened the passenger door and leaped out of the car and ran to the railing of the overpass, climbed over the railing and threw herself onto Interstate 5 below. She later died in the hospital.
Her father will agonize over his guilt for the rest of his life for what he did to his child.
Children of parents who were abused often abuse their own children Adult children of abusive parents can only reference what they were taught and don’t know to think any other way.  Every way their parents treated them, they treated their children the same way and this can be a never ending cycle.  Parents who were victims of abuse suffer from a lack of a good role model, and their children have more than a 50 percent chance of suffering the same fate.  

Children follow the examples their parents have shown to them during their own childhood.  When children reach adulthood, they punish their children by the examples that were set by their parents.  Sometimes, this is a cycle of tragedy that is difficult to break.  Parents who suffer traumatic events during their childhood live with the tragedy for the rest of their lives.  The tragedy could cause them to “snap” one day, leaving their children to suffer as they did when they were children.

Unfortunately, some parents have unrealistic expectations of the responsibilities of a parent.  An abusive parent’s effect on children can lead into their children’s adulthood and cause problems within future relationships with their own children.  

Some expecting parents think parenthood is a walk in the park, and everything will be just great and they will live happily ever after.  The reality of parenthood is that it is hard work. There will be times where we just want to sit back and relax, but when we have a child that is growing up; it requires most of our attention and time. Parenting is not for everyone, but once the child is living with us, it’s not something we can back out of or give up easily.  Realistic expectations are all about what’s in our minds.  Some people have a difficult time accepting and separating their dreams from reality.  When the reality does not fit their dreams or what they want in life, the situation can take a turn for the worse for their children.

It is a sad commentary of our times that there are more teen parents in today’s society than there have ever been in the past.  The primary reason why teenage girls become parents is due to them having unprotected sex.  Babysitting a baby when the teen’s mind hasn’t yet matured; puts the baby’s life at risk. I knew a teenager who was immature and she chose to sleep with her newborn baby in the same bed. One night while asleep, she rolled over her baby and the baby suffocated to death.

There is nothing that can compare to carrying a child for nine months, enduring labor along with being responsible for another human being.  All of this in itself is overwhelming for many adults, so for a teenager, the situation is more stressful and dramatic. Teenagers are not the only people who will have a difficult time with parenting.  There are many immature adults who become parents who have no clue what lies ahead of them.

For this reason, some schools have sexual education classes that require high school girls to take a mechanical baby home.  The mechanical baby is designed to demonstrate how unpredictable a newborn baby can be and display some of the issues that may occur.  The mechanical baby cries in the middle of the night, has to be fed, changed, and needs attention.  

Lack of support is another reason parents abuse their children.  It’s a cycle that many parents endure.  First, the pregnancy is announced, and one parent has happy expectations of having a baby while the other does not. 

 One parent is dreaming of living happily ever after, and the other is thinking of the quickest way to get out of the situation.  There may be a lot of arguing back and forth on whether to keep the newborn child or get rid of it.  One parent may want to keep the child while the other wants no part of what he got himself into. The parent who doesn’t want the child will develop a hatred for the child. As the year progresses, the hatred grows. This wasn’t what happened in the case I wrote about at the beginning of this article. In that case, the girl’s father loved his daughter. He just made a bad decision on how to discipline her.  

Whatever your child's age, it's important to be consistent when it comes to discipline. If parents don't stick to the rules and consequences they set up, their kids aren't likely to do so either. 

Kids start developing their sense of self as babies when they see themselves through their parents' eyes. Our tone of voice, our body language, and our every expression are absorbed by our kids. Our words and actions as a parent affect their developing self-esteem more than anything else can.
Praising accomplishments, however small, will make them feel proud. Letting kids do things independently will make them feel capable and put them in a state of wellbeing.
By contrast, belittling comments or comparing a child unfavorably with another will make kids feel worthless. When that happens, they rebel against their parents. Then their parents in frustration, strike out at their children.
Avoid making demeaning statements or using words as weapons to get even.  Comments like "What a stupid thing to do!" or "You act more like a baby than your little brother!" will cause emotional damage to your child just as physical blows do,  And never chastise your child in the company of anyone else. It will bring shame to the child, something the child cannot live with.

Whatever your child's age, it's important to be consistent when it comes to discipline. If parents don't stick to the rules and consequences they set up, their kids aren't likely to do it either. 

When I was a senior supervisor of over three hundred boys in three Indian residential schools in three Canadian provinces back in the 1950s , I never used corporal punishment as a means of discipline nor did I chastise them in front of other boys. I would however take some of their privileges away for a short time and talk to them in the same way a father would talk to his own child. After a while, I rarely had to chastise them. That is because they knew what I expected of them. And when they did do something exceptionally good, I would complement them. But most importantly, I was their surrogate father and I tried to make them feel that they were loved. If they had a problem, they knew that they could depend on me to solve their problems.  

I hope you have found this article useful.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Indefinite imprisonment for a migrant

It is really hard to believe that it is possible that in Canada; a country that believes in justice for all, that people can be imprisoned in maximum security detention because they have no homeland anywhere in the world.

The people I am writing about are immigrants who have illegally slipped into Canada and are to be deported but can’t be deported even though they  are ready and willing to leave Canada since they would much rather be deported outside of Canada and out of jail than to stay in jail indefinitely.  The reason why they are still incarcerated is that no other country will admit that these unfortunate individuals are really citizens of those countries.

Let’s look at the case of 51-year-old Ghanaian, Kashif Ali. As of the 21st of March 2017, he has been detained for the past seven years in the Central East Correctional Centre, a maximum-security provincial jail in Lindsay, Ontario which is home to more immigration detainees than anywhere else in the country. There is no sign that he will ever be released.  Does this strike you as justice?  In some particular cases, it is but not in his case.

Ali’s cell is no larger than a regular bathroom although he can mingle with other detainees in the cell block during the days before they have to return to their cells at night.  

“I haven’t committed no crime,” he said, according to transcripts of his hearing. “You’re torturing me. You’re killing me. I’m not fighting to stay in the country.”  This is what he said to the the presiding Immigration and Refugee Board member at his hearing; one of many before that one.

Actually, he lied when he said he didn’t commit any crimes, He actually committed quite a few crimes in the past while he was in Canada.  Ali has lived most of his life in Canada, crossing the border from the U.S. in 1986 at age 21 with a fraudulent passport. But the former crack addict is not a citizen and he has nearly 30 criminal convictions, mostly for drug-related offences and also several convictions for assaults along with a break and enter conviction.  Ali’s rap sheet is long and continuous, extending from 1988 to 2009. But his total time in immigration detention is more than twice as long as all of his criminal sentences combined. His longest stint in jail for a criminal conviction was eight months on a break-and-enter in 1992.

Nine months later after making that plea, he is still one of the hundreds of unwanted immigrants Canada has jailed indefinitely. In fact, no other Immigrant who is in a provincial jail has been in one longer than Kashif Ali.

He lived in Toronto and was driving a cab in 1989 when he met nurse Penny Davidson, with whom he had a daughter, Sakina, in 1991, now age 25. The romantic relationship ended shortly after Sakina was born, but Davidson and Ali continue to maintain a friendship.

While he has strong ties to Canada, he is not trying to stay in the country. He wants to be deported.

Unfortunately, Ghana where he claims he was born, won’t take him back because he can’t prove that he is a Ghanaian citizen. Ali says he was born in Ghana to a Ghanaian father and Nigerian mother. He had little relationship with his father and he ended up moving to Nigeria with his mother as a child. He says he moved with his mother to Germany when he was 11 or 12 years old and later to the U.S. as a teenager in the 1980s. That’s when he started using drugs — first marijuana and later crack cocaine. He moved to Toronto when he was about 21.

The Canadian Immigration authorities nearly succeeded in getting rid of this man in January of 1996 after Ali, in a desperate attempt to get himself out of his first stint in immigration detention, had a friend forge a Ghanaian birth certificate so he could be removed. He was then booked on a commercial KLM flight to Accra, Ghana and seated in handcuffs between two Canadian government escorts. But after he was handed off to Ghanaian authorities, they discovered his fake document and jailed him for more than eight months before deporting him back to Canada, where he was detained for another year and a half before being released in 1998.His criminal activities then got him being imprisoned at the Detention Centre where immigrants are placed.

He has been locked up in this stalemate since February 19, 2010, costing taxpayers roughly $250 per day. So far, the taxpayers of Canada have paid as much as $102,200 a year and since he has been incarcerated for seven years, the amount the taxpayers have paid thus far is $1,960,000. Surely our money can be used for better uses than wasting it on a man who shouldn’t even be incarcerated.

To deport someone like Ali who doesn’t have a passport or any proof of citizenship, the receiving country would have to issue a one-way travel document. A Canadian border officer would then escort the deportee to ensure their arrival. Unfortunately, without a one-way Ghanaian travel document, he’s indefinitely stuck in jail.

Immigration detention, according to the Canada Border Services Agency, is not meant to be punitive as it is intended only to facilitate deportation. But while the average length of detention is about three weeks, seven years is going to the extreme.

 The Canadian government has been trying to deport him for more than 20 years. He was held for 10 months and 19 months on two occasions in the 1990s and again for nine months in the early 2000s.

Since the Ghanaian government won`t take him back since there is no way of establishing that he was actually born in Ghana, and he never took out citizenship in any of the countries he lived in, he is literally a man without a country. Canada is always willing to take in migrants who are stateless but certainly not one with a record that Ali has. Hence, he is incarcerated indefinitely.                                                                                                       

The first objective of detentions is to protect the health and safety of the agency’s response. That is why Ali is still incarcerated. He is detained because the authorities consider him a flight risk and a danger to society. I should point out that Canada has a law that makes it possible that when dangerous criminals have served their sentences, they can be placed into a correctional facility indefinitely. Ali isn`t actually imprisoned in one of those particular correctional facilities. He is in a provincial detention centre were all deportees are generally kept. If he had not committed his crimes, he would have been eligible to apply for a citizenship in Canada. If he had done that, he would not have been in the situation he currently is in.

Here is the quandary for both Canada and this 51-year-old prisoner. It is the policy of Canada that if an immigrant who has not become a Canadian citizen, commits a serious crime or a series of ongoing minor crimes, he will be deported to the country of his birth. If Guiana had been willing to accept him, he would have been turfed from Canada seven years ago. Unfortunately, the problem facing him and Canada a like is that there is no evidence anywhere in the world that he is a citizen either by birth or otherwise where can be deported to? 

Ali’s growing old in jail. He missed the last seven years of watching his daughter grow up, graduating high school and graduating nursing school. He even missed his daughter’s wedding. He’s lost out on everything. He’s going to die in the detention centre unless Canada finds a way to get him out of Canada.

Maybe the United Nations can give him a temporary UN passport that will get him into another country as an immigrant.

Quite frankly, I don`t really have that much sympathy for him. He is a liar, a fraudster, a thief and a violent man. He is right where he belongs. However, it is conceivable that when he reaches the age of eighty, the Canadian authorities will have sympathy for him and consider him less of a risk to society and release him to a retirement home where he will be cared for. He will however; never be granted citizenship in Canada. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

President Trump publicly lied when he accused Obama and others of wiretapping

On March 20th 2017, The House intelligence committee began its hearings into Russia’s role in cybersecurity breaches at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as U.S. President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor had authorized a wiretap of Trump Tower. FBI Director James Comey and Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, gave evidence at the hearing.

During the hearing, two House intelligence committee officials said that the Justice Department and FBI documents showed no evidence that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower in Manhattan, the Manhattan highrise that housed Trump’s residence, business office and campaign office.  

Comey when addressing the House intelligence committee said that neither his agency nor the Justice Department have information to support Trump’s Obama-wiretap claims. He confirmed that the Bureau is still investigating possible links and co-ordination between Russia and associates of U.S. President Donald Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.                                                       

The extraordinary revelation was the first public confirmation of an investigation that began last summer and which was presented at the outset of Comey’s opening statement in the congressional hearing examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump’s campaign.

Comey acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, but said he’d been authorized to do so given the extreme public interest in this case. He said, “This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done,”

The hearing provided the most extensive public accounting of a matter that has dogged the Trump administration for its first two months and in doing so, it quickly broke along partisan lines. The Democrats pressed for details on the status of the FBI’s investigation, while the Republicans repeatedly focused on news coverage and possible improper disclosures of classified information developed through surveillance operations.

The panel’s ranking head of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff said that the material given to his Committee offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the presidential election. He said in part, “There was circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception. There’s certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation.”

Intelligence officials have said that Russia was behind the theft of DNC emails last summer. The U.S. government later concluded that the Russian government created the DNC hacking in an attempt to influence the outcome of November’s presidential election.

House Committee chairperson, Devin Nunes, said. “For the first time the American people and all the political parties now are paying attention to the threat that Russia poses. We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades. They’re also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and in Europe.” He also said, “The committee will also examine whether the Russians were trying to sow doubt in the U.S. electoral system or whether they were trying to help Trump get elected to the White House.”

Nunes and Schiff were among a number of lawmakers who said on Sunday’s news shows they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration ordered wiretaps on Trump during the campaign.

“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No there never was,” Nunes said. “The information we received Friday continues to lead us in that direction.”

Nunes added: “There was no FISA warrant I am aware of to tap Trump Tower.” FISA stands for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires investigators to seek a warrant from a secret court to wiretap a foreign suspect.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Susan Collins of Maine also said Sunday (March 19th) they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration had placed Trump under surveillance at Trump Tower. Collins encouraged Trump to turn whatever evidence he has of the surveillance over to the congressional intelligence panels looking into the matter.

The president (Trump) repeatedly insisted last week that former president Barack Obama had Trump Tower put under surveillance late last fall. Trump’s claims widened to two of the U.S.’s staunchest allies. He repeated an unsubstantiated claim that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, the cyber intelligence agency known as the GCHQ, conducted the surveillance at Obama’s request. The agency flatly denied the claim. During Angela Merkel’s first visit to the Trump White House, he also mentioned the Obama administration’s monitoring of Merkel’s cellphone, a bruising incident in German-U.S. relations.

“What the president said was just patently false,” Schiff said of the Trump Tower allegations, “and the wrecking ball it created has now banged into our British allies and our German allies and continuing to grow in terms of damage. And he needs to put an end to this.”

For Trump to put an end to his allegations after having heard the statements of the members of the committee and the evidence of the two witnesses, would be like asking Trump to cut off his nose, a nose which would make Pinocchio’s nose look like a pimple between his eyes and his mouth.

Where did Trump get all his false information from? Did he make them up to further his goal of denouncing Obama because Obama and his wife made a fool of him during the pre-election months? Did he read about them in some newspapers? More importantly, did he do a thorough investigation into the sources that gave him that information?              

Consider how this slimy slug tried to wiggle out of his shit he surrounded himself in. He said on Friday, March 17th, when referring to a Fox News commentator “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind. You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”    

Who was the so-called talented legal mind he spoke of? Who in Fox News did he speak with?       

On that Friday, at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump made it clear that he felt that the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for over his baseless claim that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. The slug should have waited until the Committee hearing held on Monday was over before he made that stupid statement.

Although his aides in private conversations since Thursday night had tried to calm British officials who were livid over Trump’s stupid allegation about his claim against their secret service, Trump made clear that he felt the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for. He said his spokesman was simply repeating an assertion made by a Fox News commentator.

OK. Now we know where that damned fool got his information from that his Trump tower had been wiretapped. His source was a news commentator. If that commentator also said that Manhattan had just been bombed with a Russian nuclear bomb, would he have look out of one of his windows first before ordering the United States to bomb Moscow? 

I don’t blame the American citizens for putting that slimy slug into the White House after all, his competitor (Ms. Clinton) garnered more votes than Trump did. I blame those members of the Electoral College. Are they still happy with their choice? If so, they are just as stupid as Donald Trump is.

Can you believe it? This damn fool has the audacity to actually publically announce that he still believes that Obama ordered unauthorized wiretaps on Trump Tower and that the British conducted secret surveillances in the United States.

I will say this to our American cousins. “Many of you voted for this fool.”

I am very concerned that Trump is in the White House and I am also convinced that a great many American citizens are just as concerned as I am. My real fear is that World War Three might actually come about while this man heads for the bunker for protection.

Of course, it is conceivable that he will do something that is illegal and if he does, Congress can turf that slug out of office along with the rest of his close associates. If that happens, then, we can all sigh in great relief.

As to Trump’s credibility, it has gone so far down the toilet; even the Rooter Roter plumber won’t be able to retrieve it.   He would have us believe that he is as honest as the day is long but as each day passes; his honesty seems to disappear bit by bit day by day. 

Trying  to ignore President Trump's never ending  stupid statements is like trying to stop an overflowing toilet. The more times he opens his mouth to speak, more of his feces goes into the toilet and subsequently onto the floor. This is the reason why the breakdown of the trust that was originally given to him has become diluted. 

He is a conspiracy freak who will eventually try to convince even his followers that none of the former presidents were born in the United Sates, that he has spoken to aliens from other planets and that the Earth really is flat. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Why is anti-Semitism on the rise?                                                   

What is anti-Semitism?  It is hostility, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews per se. A person who holds such an attitude towards Jews is called an anti-semite. Anti-Semitism is generally considered to be a form of racism. It appears to have stemmed from the time when Jesus Christ was crucified. Many Christians are prone to blaming the Jews for Jesus’ crucifixion. It was the Romans who crucified Jesus albeit at the prompting of the Hebrew religious leaders in Jerusalem. The most known of the religious leaders were the Pharisees. They were a religious political party. The word “Pharisee” literally means “Separatist.” It was the name given to them by their opponents because of their “holier than thou” haughty attitude towards others. Their supreme aim was to strictly follow both the current written and oral laws. 

 Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea from AD 26–36. He served under Emperor Tiberius, and is best known today for the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He actually didn`t find fault against Jesus but when the Pharisees threatened Pontius Pilate that they would tell Tiberius that he approved of Jesus being the real leader of the world, Pontius Pilate gave his approval that Jesus was to be crucified.

Since the crucifixion of Jesus, Jews have been blamed for his death and as such, they have been tormented ever since. They have learned to bear the pain but what really annoys them is the itch of anti-Semitism that constantly plagues them—an itch that no matter how much scratching they do, it never seems go away.   

It is ironic when you think about it. Adolf Hitler was truly one of the worst human monsters who ever lived in history. He slaughtered millions of innocent persons of many races and creeds and all for the promotion of his concept of the Aryan race. We correctly blamed the German leaders after the Second world War for their atrocities they committed, and yet, nowadays, we think of the children of those Germans as decent enterprising human beings—and rightly so.  

Why then has anti-Semitism been so pervasive in so many countries, in so many time periods and for so many reasons?

Between the years 250 BC and 1948 AD - a period of 1,700 years—Jews have experienced more than eighty expulsions from various countries in Europe which come to an average of nearly one expulsion every twenty-one years. Jews were expelled from England, France, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Bohemia, Moravia and seventy-one other countries. Even just before the Second World War began, Jews fleeing Hitler’s Germany were turned away from Canada and the United States. To Canada`s shame, between the years 1930 and 1939, Canada rejected almost all Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe, taking in only 4,000 of the 800,000 Jews looking for refuge. They had to return to Germany where a great many of them were later gassed in the German gas chambers.

I remember one day in 1953 when I wanted to spend a night in a large hotel in Canada, The clerk at the front desk asked me the following question. “Are you a follower of the Jewish faith?” If I told him that I was (which I wasn’t) he would not have rented ne a room.  

Historians have classified six explanations as to why some people hate the Jews:
1.     Economic—"We hate Jews because they possess too much wealth and power."
2.    Chosen People—"We hate Jews because they arrogantly claim that they are the chosen people."
3.    Scapegoat—"Jews are a convenient group to single out and blame for our troubles."
4.    Blame—"We hate Jews because they killed Jesus."
5.    Outsiders—“We hate Jews because they are different than us." (The dislike of the unlike.)
6.    Racial Theory—"We hate Jews because they are an inferior race."

However in my opinion, Jews should not brag that they are the chosen race. That is because no race is the chosen race.   

 Are these exclamations listed above justification for anti-Semitism or excuses for anti-Semitism? If we look more carefully into these so-called explanations, there is no justification at all for these exclamations and that being as it is, then anti-Semitism should no longer exist. If we can accept a contradiction to the explanations, it will demonstrate that the explanations are not valid reasons, they are just a weak excuse to be anti-Semitic. Let's look at some contradictions in the excuses for these explanations.

1. Economic—The Jews of 17th- 20th century Poland and Russia were dirt poor, had no influence and yet they were hated. 

2. Chosen People—In the late 19th century, the Jews of Germany denied "Choseness." And then they worked on assimilation. Yet, the holocaust started there. Actually, many Christians and Moslems profess to being the "Chosen people," yet, the world and the anti-Semites tolerate them. 

2. Scapegoat—Any group must already be hated to be an effective scapegoat. The Scapegoat Theory does not then cause anti-Semitism. Rather, anti-Semitism is what makes the Jews a convenient scapegoat target. Hitler's ranting and ravings would not be taken seriously if he said, "It's the bicycle riders and the midgets who are destroying our society." He chose the Jews because many people in Germany hated the Jews.

4. Blame—the Christian Bible says the Romans killed Jesus, though Jews are mentioned as accomplices (claims that Jews killed Jesus came several hundred years later). How come the accomplices are persecuted and there isn't an anti-Roman movement through history? b) Jesus himself said, "Forgive them [i.e., the Jews], for they know not what they do." The Second Vatican Council in 1963 officially exonerated the Jews as the killers of Jesus. Neither statement of Christian belief lessened anti-Semitism.

5. Outsiders—With the Enlightenment in the late 18th century, many Jews rushed to assimilate. Anti-Semitism should have stopped. Instead, for example, with the Nazis came the cry, in essence: "We hate you, not because you're different, but because you're trying to become like us! We cannot allow you to infect the Aryan race with your inferior genes."

6. Racial Theory—The overriding problem with this theory is that it is self-contradictory: Jews are not entirely a race. Anyone can become a Jew and members of every race, creed and color in the world have done so at one time or another. It is the creed that many people hate.

Every other hated group is hated for a relatively defined reason.
  However, Jews are hated for many stupid reasons.  Jews are hated for being a lazy and inferior race.  They are hated for dominating the economy and taking over the world. They are hated for stubbornly maintaining their separateness and when they assimilate with other races, they pose a threat to racial purity through intermarriages. They are seen as pacifists and alternatively as warmongers; as capitalist exploiters and as revolutionary communists; possessed of a Chosen-People mentality, as well as of an inferiority complex. It seems that they simply can’t win no matter how hard they try to fit in our societies as equals. 

Hitler said; The struggle for world domination will be fought entirely between us, between Germans and Jews.  All else is facade and illusion.  Behind England stands Israel and behind France and behind the United States.  Even when we have driven the Jew out of Germany, he remains our world enemy. The Ten Commandments have lost their validity. Conscience is a Jewish invention. It is a blemish like circumcision. The discovery of the Jewish virus is one of the greatest revolutions that has taken place in the world. The battle in which we are engaged today is of the same sort as the battle waged, during the last century, by Pasteur and Koch. How many diseases have their origin in the Jewish virus?  We shall regain our health only by eliminating the Jew.” unquote

This madman eliminated over six million Jews while he was in power. In this modern age, even publicly y proposing the elimination of Jews in Westernized nations is a criminal offence deserving of punishment.

On the other hand, Lloyd George, Prime Minister of England said in 1924: “Of all the extreme fanaticism which plays havoc in man’s nature, there is not one as irrational as anti-Semitism. If the Jews are rich, they are victims of theft. If they are poor, they are victims of ridicule. If they take sides in a war, they are accused that they wish to take advantage from the spilling of non-Jewish blood. If they espouse peace, it is because they are scared by their natures or traitors. If the Jew dwells in a foreign land he is persecuted and expelled. If he wishes to return to his own land, he is prevented from doing so.” unquote

It is an irony of Jewish history that it took the Holocaust to give anti-Semitism a bad name. So widespread was international revulsion over the annihilation of six million Jews that following World War II anti-Semitism, even a minor variable) became the hatred one dared not publicly express. But as the years moved forward, the hatred of Jews grew stronger. At the beginning of the 21st century, virulent, open anti-Semitism has surfaced yet again, and in a big way. One need only read a Jewish newspaper or website–replete as they are with accounts of verbal anti-Semitism by high officials and intellectuals, and anti-Semitic physical attacks conducted by common street thugs–to understand the depth of concern held by Jews and decent non-Jews also.

I remember a day in the 1960s in which some fool publically screamed insulting remarks about Jews on a main street in Downtown Toronto. Within minutes, a huge crowed formed and began chasing him down a street for many blocks before he finally escaped them.  

Canada has for some years now has been taking a stronger stand against anti-Semitism. In 1989, Alberta public school teacher James Keegstra was convicted under the Criminal Code for his willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group to wit, the Jews.

In 2009, the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism was established by major federal political parties to investigate and combat antisemitism - particularly what is referred to as the new antisemitism. It is argued that this form of hate targets Israel, consisting of and fed by allegations of Israeli "war crimes" and similar claims. Anti-Israel actions that led to the formation of a Parliamentary Coalition included boycott campaigns on university campuses and in some churches, spilling over into attacks on synagogues, Jewish institutions and individuals. Activities such as "Israel Apartheid Week" at Concordia (Montreal), York University and the University of Toronto, and boycott campaigns targeting Israel (BDS) included what some considered as "forms of antisemitism"

In November 2011, an ant-Semitic attack took place at the south Winnipeg high school when a teen approached a 15-year-old girl as they crossed paths near his locker and began talking to her. He pulled out a lighter and started flicking it near her head, saying, "Let's burn the Jew.``

On April 12, 2012, several Jewish-owned summer homes in Val-Morin, Quebec were broken into and defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages.

According to the "2013, Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents" written by the B'nai Brith Canada, there was a decrease of 5.3% in the number of anti-Semitic incidents during 2013. Despite that, cases of vandalism rose by 21.8% while violence increased by one incident and harassment cases dropped by 13.9%. These incidents include anti-Semitic graffiti, paintings of swastikas in Jewish neighborhood, firebomb attacks, anti-Semitic statements, etc.  

On March 2016, the Toronto Police published its annual report of hate-crimes during 2015. According to it, the Jewish population is the group most targeted to hate-crimes, especially when it comes to mischief to property occurrences. Moreover; in occurrences involve religion, most of the victims are part of the Jewish community (in 31 out of 58 cases.  The report found that the Jewish community makes up only 3.8% of the religious population in the City of Toronto but was victimized in approximately 23% of the total hate/bias crimes in 2015. Anti-Semitic graffiti and swastika inscriptions has been also found during in this year along with overturned Jewish gravestones.

There is one way we can stop this form of anti-Semitism. Send the violators to prison for a long time. Eventually these criminals will realize that wasting several years of their lives in prison will act as a good deterrent. Those die-hards who are too stupid to appreciate just how severe the consequences can be; will keep destroying Jewish property and eventually, they will be put away for a very, very long time. Maybe the message will then sink into their thick hate-ridden skulls.  

What are Canadian politicians doing about fighting anti-Semitism? The following article I got from the Toronto Sun explains why not enough is being done in Canada to fight anti-Semitism. And now the article that was  written by Sue Ann Levy.

“It happened again in 2016, repeating a trend that has been ongoing for at least 10 years. According to the latest Toronto Police Service (TPS) hate crime report — on the agenda of this week’s police services board meeting — Jews were the most targeted group in Toronto when it came to acts of hate crime last year. Some 43 of 145 offences or nearly 30% of all occurrences reported to police in 2016 involved attacks on the Jewish community, mostly pertaining to vandalism and graffiti or criminal harassment. The LGBT community was a far distance behind at 24 or 17% of all occurrences followed by 22 occurrences each against Muslims and blacks, amounting to 15% of all incidents reported. Hate crimes against Jews are up 7% from last year and the police report that the Jewish community has been among the three most targeted groups (including the black and LGBT communities) since 2006. None of this surprises me in the slightest given the rise in anti-Semitism dressed in the guise of an anti-Israel, pro-BDS, pro-free speech movement that has found a home amongst alleged Liberal thinkers on university campuses and in union and feminist-backed solidarity movements across Canada, the United States and western Europe. I saw and heard the anti-Israel rhetoric at the recent International Women’s Day rally at U of T of largely self-described oppressed socialist man-haters. And how can we ignore the recent spate of bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centres in Toronto, across Canada and in the States. Let’s face it, we Jews are dispensable. One doesn’t have to look any further than how this rise in anti-Semitism is being treated, or rather not treated, at all three levels of government. While our politicians at City Hall, Queen’s Park and in Ottawa make a big show of pandering to political correctness when it comes to perceived Islamophobia and about battling other forms of racism, anti-Semitism seems not to be on their radar at all. Let’s start with the very controversial M-103 anti-Islamophobia motion introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. A recent poll says only 14% of Canadians support it and a whopping 71% say either take out the focus on Islam and/or mention all religions. Or take Michael Coteau, Ontario’s anti-racism minister. When he released his new three-year plan to combat varying forms of racism two weeks ago, there was plenty in it about racism against Indigenous people, blacks and Islamophobia but not a word, from what I could see, about the rise in anti-Semitism. Ironically our provincial champion of anti-racism launched his plan on the day Toronto’s downtown Jewish Community Centre was targeted with a bomb threat and barely made mention of it. Ditto for Toronto City Hall which has launched a five-phase Toronto for All education campaign — costing $80,000 per phase — to target Islamophobia and anti-black racism while conspicuously ignoring the rise in anti-Semitism in the city. Just last week when brave 19-year-old Ryerson student Marlee Socket organized a rally against anti-Semitism in front of the downtown JCC, not one politician showed except for Mayor John Tory. Not one city councillor showed their face especially the one whose ward contains the JCC and continually preaches tolerance for whatever cause he supports, NDPer Joe Cressy. Not Premier Kathleen Wynne, who rushed to a Toronto mosque and donned the appropriate headgear to console the Muslim community following the tragic massacre at the end of January at a Quebec City mosque.” Unquote

Did you really expect better from these politicians?  Do hogs at the public trough fly? There is your answer. Now you know why I asked the question at the heading of this article—Why is anti-Semitism on the rise?