Author: Michelle Weinroth

Michelle Weinroth is a writer and teacher living in Ottawa.

  • Neither Cure nor Prevention, but Sheer Punishment

    The IHRA’s Definition of Anti-Semitism Anti-Semitism is a grave matter; its mere utterance conjures unspeakable horrors – atrocities typically tied to the Holocaust, but also to the longstanding racist persecution of Jews in Europe. Widely known in Western culture, invoked with immeasurable awe, whether in common parlance or academic discourse, anti-Semitism has become a household word … Keep reading »

  • “Justice Dies in the Darkness”: The ‘External Review’ of the Hassan Diab Case

    When former Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould declined Hassan Diab’s request for an independent and transparent public inquiry into his wrongful and harrowing extradition to France, he, along with his lawyer, and countless others, feared that justice would not be served. Hassan Diab – the Alfred Dreyfus of the 21st century, who, thanks to the collaborative work … Keep reading »

  • Fact-Checking the Jewish National Fund of Canada

    My parents first met in 1945 on the subway cars of New York city. They were 16 years of age. Like many Zionist youth of the post-war era, they were dedicated to world peace. Emissaries of the Zionist youth movement (Hashomer Hatzair), they gave fiery speeches in support of Jews seeking safe haven in Palestine. … Keep reading »

  • Hassan Diab: Nothing Less Than a Public Inquiry Will Do

    He has been compared to Alfred Dreyfus, the iconic 19th-century French victim of false accusation and racism. The entire spectrum of the Canadian press has covered his unfolding story since its inception in 2007. His return to Canada from France in January 2018 was breaking news. An Ottawa sociology professor, Dr. Diab is the Canadian … Keep reading »