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Special treatment: Combined Jewish Appeal will play unprecedented role in recruiting Jewish immigrants to Québec


Although ineligible, the Combined Jewish Appeal also receives money from the United Way but is not eligible

by Marc-A
special to Action Report

THE French speaking Montréal-based paper Le Devoir has once again demonstrated its ability to do good investigative work, and the courage to publish important and shocking stories which are ignored in the mainstream monopoly press.

The first story is a mind-blower. It is entitled "Un partenariat douteux" (A dubious partnership) and was printed on October 30, 2003. In essence, Québec's provincial government is about to sign an obscure agreement with the Combined Jewish Appeal which would allow this organization to recruit immigrants from Latin America.

Anyone who knows anything about Québec's immigration policies should immediately sense something is very wrong, because the Provincial Ministry Public Relations and Immigration has prided itself on not using religion as a criterion for choosing immigrants to Québec.


Elinor CaplanBUT there is more: Bewildered authors are raising polite but awkward questions in Le Devoir. They not only ask why the government has rather rapidly and quietly decided to delegate this delicate task, but also argue that this organization, the Combined Jewish Appeal, has the means to pursue its own objectives without state-sponsored aid. It is reported that last year the CJA amassed $43 million (Canadian) for its activities from various donations and subsidies.

In particular, they ask:

  1. Why should a private organization (which is not accountable to the public) have the right to recruit immigrants for the Québec government?
  2. Has this odd agreement come about due to political pressure or does this organization truly possess the expertise required to carry out such a task.

The authors also argue that this type of subcontracting can only be justified by previous failures on the part of the ministry in charge of immigration. Hence, they ask: What "problems" with the ministry justify such a drastic change in policy especially after the expertise this ministry has gained over many years?

They further point out that this subcontracting will not save the public money; that it may even cost more than present policies and procedures; and that it is likely to reduce the Immigration Minister's influence over decisions which are of public matter and of interest to the public in general. Indeed, it is odd for a government agency to give its power away to a private organization which will use religion as its main criterion for recruiting Latin Americans as immigrants to Québec.

Although many things remain unclear because the ministry in question has not been forthcoming, the obvious and not so obvious ramifications of such an odd policy and partnership are many. In particular, the Combined Jewish Appeal's Web site states the following on its first page: FOR OURSELVES - FOR OUR CHILDREN - FOR ISRAEL FOREVER.

It is further stated on this Web site that the Combined Jewish Appeal's goal is not only to increase the size of the local Jewish community but also to encourage and facilitate Aliyah to Israel as well as the absorption of thousands of new Olim(s) by the Jewish state. The authors ask how will this organization proceed to differentiate between the task it will be contracted to perform for the provincial government and its mission statement in re to Israel?

Our initial reaction is: What the hell is going on? The questions which immediately came to mind are:

  • Will my taxes be used to pay for this new "service"?
  • Will my tax contributions somehow serve to finance the immigration of Latin American Jews to Israel?
  • What criteria will be used to judge whether a person is eligible to be "recommended" for immigration to Canada by this organization?
  • How do we, as citizens, exercise some form of control over immigration once public matters become privatized?
  • Has the Combined Jewish Appeal found a clever way for the public to pay for its activities designed to facilitate immigration to Canada and will this augment its budget for activities related to immigration to Israel?
  • Hence, could my tax dollar be indirectly financing the Likud or the IDF?


THE other story is related and is very revealing with respect to how Joe Six-Pack unknowingly finances Zionist organizations while many Muslim organizations have been declared as illegal because they somehow "contribute to terrorism."

Again, in an article in Le Devoir (November 2, 2003), Kathleen Levesque writes that the Combined Jewish Appeal is the second largest beneficiary of aid received from the charity Centraide (United Way of Canada) even though it does not meet the financing criteria which are applied to the 324 other groups who receive moneys from this charity.

Since 1974, the Combined Jewish Appeal has apparently been receiving 3.4% of the Centraide's net charity revenues (over one million dollars in 2003). This percentage is said to reflect Jewish representation in Montréal. Despite the fact that this aid is given to the Combined Jewish Appeal on the condition that it is not to solicit aid from citizens outside the Jewish community, the Combined Jewish Appeal managed to amass 43 million dollars last year.

The author says it is odd that a mainstream charity gives money to an organization which amasses more money each year than the charity itself and which sends a substantial part (36%) of its receipts to Israel.

On the other hand, the other organizations which receive money from Centraide are not permitted to mount their own funding campaigns and to thus collect additional moneys independent of the United Way. Furthermore, seven of the 22 Jewish organizations which are part of the Combined Jewish Appeal group are subsidized by the government.

When the United Way was asked to justify why the Combined Jewish Appeal is afforded this very special treatment, its Montréal director, Mrs. Thibodeau-Deguire, apparently blushed and could not provide a justification.

All she said was although this is nonsensical and unjustifiable, it is traditional to look the other way when it comes to the Combined Jewish Appeal.

The article finishes with the flimsy explanations and justifications provided by Jewish leaders asked to comment on the situation. One Goldbloom said that this situation was not a symbol of disloyalty toward society in general but was really based on biblical principles. What Bible, I wonder?

Anyway, I find this special treatment outrageous although I suspect this is only the tip of the iceberg. In essence, people (including myself) have been unknowingly financing an organization which finances Israel and all this, while thinking we are giving money to the poor of Montréal.

Furthermore, this same organization will be "recommending" people in Latin America for immigration to Québec by using religion as its primary criterion.

Perhaps, they have been also recommending to the RCMP and CSIS who should be arrested under suspicion of terrorism and interrogated. Elinor CaplanMaybe, they will soon be running the province on similar "biblical" principles.

As to Le Devoir, I would expect a charge of anti-Semitism to be soon leveled at its editor.  

(right) Elinor Caplan,
Canada's Minister of Immigration

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