common sense, Current Events, Israel

Way To Overreact: The Bay is NOT boycotting AHAVA products

So I had this marvelous idea for a blog post where in addition to featuring The Hudson’s Bay Company (the oldest company in North America) in the Loser List for boycotting products made by Israeli cosmetics company AHAVA, I was gonna mock the decision by posting a video of myself ruining my HBC Canadian Olympic mittens with none other than some AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream (yeah, that’s odd…)

But not so fast…

At 4:37 this afternoon, HBC CEO Bonnie Brooks and Moshe Ronen, National Chair, Canada-Israel Committee released a press release denying the claim that AHAVA products were to be boycotted. In fact, boycott seems to be the completely wrong word to use in this case:

Whether or not you believe the press release (I do… for now at least), something has to be said about the quick the reaction from both sides in response to this news – The pro-Israel community with the backlash & The Bay in response to backlash. While I’ve always admired the pro-Israel community’s ability to unite in quick response to threats, it is important to actually be accurate on the claims being brought against you.

In fact even the JTA’s initial bulletin about the “boycott” has either been removed or has magically disappeared:

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/01/13/2742547/boycott-campaign-targets-israeli-goods-in-canada

Another blog – Excruciating Minutiae – also reported this story, and delivered some interesting points for us to learn regarding this whole mess. It’s a good read, so check out the link above.

Rule #1 in journalism folks: Be right before being first – or in this case before jumping on the bandwagon.

Unless you’re like me and laziness kind of kicks in before legitimately responding to the events at hand…

 

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Awesome, Current Events, Israel, media, News, YouTube

Stephen Harper will defend Israel ‘whatever the cost’

It’s been well documented how awesome is Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Whether its regarding his ability to lead a nation during economically tough times, to his willingness to lighten up the mood sometimes with a bit of character, the PM definitely brings the awesomeness to the forefront.

But no more is this relevant than in the strong and outspoken support and praise the Prime Minister displays for Jews and the State of Israel. Continue reading “Stephen Harper will defend Israel ‘whatever the cost’”

Awesome, Random, Sports

The Definition of Awesome: Gold medal game delays flight

It’s a short article and that’s because the point is made quite quickly. And in the words of my cousin, who works for Fox News in Washington D.C., can you blame them?

Here’s the story from the Ottawa Citizen:

Flying fans refuse to walk out on game

Air Canada was forced to delay a flight from Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics because passengers watching the end of men’s hockey final on airport televisions ignored repeated calls to board. “We incurred a flight delay for a reason Air Canada had not yet encountered in over 72 years of existence,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said.

If I were on that flight, I’d be right beside those passengers glued to the TV screen, hanging on every moment of the gold medal in the waiting!

Props to Cara Schayer for the post on Facebook!

Current Events, News, Sports, Uncategorized

Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Thoughts on the games before they become irrelevant

https://i2.wp.com/committedindians.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2010_winter_olympics_logo1.pngIt seems only fitting that I miss the most important hockey game likely to be played in my lifetime.
Why? Because I don’t want to be an addicted sports junkie anymore.

Yeah that’s a pretty bold statement, but I’ll more on that in another post coming soon. But as a short preview, let’s say I’d like to calm the Vancouver 2010 Olympics my “bittersweet swan song” and my “farewell to being a sports addict”.

But this post is about the Olympics.

Continue reading “Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Thoughts on the games before they become irrelevant”

Current Events, Judaism, News, Opinion, Toronto

United Shabbat for Darfur: I like the concept but find me an orthodox synagogue that cares

http://thedarkprophet.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/darfur-poster.jpgSynagogues across the country will be dedicating their upcoming Shabbat services to raising awareness of the genocides and atrocities taking place in Darfur.

Spearheaded by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the nationwide unified Shabbat, which will take place over the Shabbat of Jan. 22-23 (Parashs Bo), will be the first of its type in about nine years as well as the first time such an initiative will be taken for a non-Jewish cause.

I discovered this event while reading a story about it in the Toronto Star yesterday morning. Continue reading “United Shabbat for Darfur: I like the concept but find me an orthodox synagogue that cares”