Rabbi Yossi Sapirman, of Toronto’s Beth Torah conservative congregation, says the problem is that many Jews are so fixated on past horrors and future threats that they can’t live in the present.
His next group trip to Israel, he hopes, will be about three things – wine, art and cheese. No government official briefings, no tours of Holocaust memorials.
Writer Tarek Fatah thinks the brotherhood exercise is a charade. “These Jews are very decent people, but they’re naive. They’re simply not aware that contemporary Islam has been taken over by a death-cult ideology.”
Well-intentioned bagel-and-samosa mixers are what he called a complete fraud. “On the Islamicist side, the language is deceptive and the manipulation is mind-boggling.”
Toronto, says Mr. Fatah, who is now working on a book about the roots of Muslim anti-Semitism, is going in the wrong direction. “In no other Western city has the Islamist acquired so much respectability and legitimacy.” And Jews, many living in enclaves and attending private schools, haven’t noticed that the public-school system “is now open to anti-Israel activity by the Muslim Students’ Association, an offshoot of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. They’re in every urban school and have taken over all university student associations.”