When B'nai Brith Canada issues a news release about NDP caucus, here are things to keep in mind
Yesterday, B'nai Brith Canada sent out a notice accusing the federal NDP caucus of "anti-Israel sentiment". That created a lot of chatter on this website.
The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada, a 2010 book by Canadian journalist Marci McDonald, helps provide some context into why the organization's CEO, Frank Dimant, might do something like this.
In the book, McDonald describes how during the 1990s, B'nai Brith, Canada's oldest Jewish organization, was "increasingly sidelined by a band of wealthy Jewish tycoons, led by Onex chairman Gerry Schwartz, once a leading fundraiser for the Liberal Party".
Part of the reason, according to McDonald, was that Dimant opposed a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue, which contradicted Canadian policy during the years when the country was ruled by Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin.
"While Schwartz and company represented the Jewish intellectual and corporate elite, B'nai Brith's constituency had shrunk to the most conservative and orthodox segments of the community—what Dimant likes to call 'the Jewish street'," McDonald writes. "As Schwartz and his wife, Heather Reisman, were hailed as glittering jet-setters, bringing the heady scent of Hollywood to Liberal backrooms, Dimant sought out his own ideological soulmates: first, Reform Party founder Preston Manning, later Stockwell Day."
Later, Dimant became Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's "chief interlocutor with the Jewish community", McDonald writes.
"Not only did B'nai Brith's right-wing membership share evangelicals' concerns about such issues as same-sex marriage, he and Harper felt a kinship as outsiders," she notes.
Is it any wonder that nowadays, Dimant is firing missives off to the media denouncing the NDP caucus?
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