Thursday, July 12, 2007

Judeoscope Shuts Down, Blames Jihadis! (Plus: You Can't Put "Jerusalem, Israel" On Your Passport)

Judeoscope always offered an interesting take on "Jewish" affairs, both nationally and internationally, even if it was one I seldom agreed with. This morning, while researching information for a brief post (see below) I visited the site and found the following message:

Judéoscope shuts down

Since its creation in 2004, Judeoscope exceeded the original mandate it had set for itself, e.g., to ensure a web presence in Quebec and Canada to deal with the issues of the day from a Jewish perspective. With the passage of the last three years, Judeoscope established itself as a reliable source of information on Islamist activity in Canada to which Canadian and foreign media and authorities did not hesitate to resort. With the rise of homegrown Islamist terrorism, the political convergence of the radical left with global jihad, organizations infeodated to the Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabism undermining the national security and fundamental values of Western nations, and the upsurge of Tehran’s extremist regime in the process of nuclearization, it is no longer suitable to address the Islamist threat to democratic societies from a particular perspective such as ours. For this reason, we decided to shut down Judeoscope and explore new ways to proceed with our work.

We thank all our loyal readers and collaborators for their support.


I don't quite know what to make of this. They're worried that their web presence will serve as a pretext for anti-Semitic violence? Anyway, this appears to have happened in the last week, as I'm pretty sure I visited over the weekend.

In somewhat related news, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that you can't record your birthplace as "Jerusalem, Israel" on your passport:

A federal policy that bans Canadians from listing Jerusalem, Israel, as their birthplace on their passport does not violate the Charter of Rights, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.


The decision maintains that the ban on listing Israel as the birth country alongside Jerusalem is not discriminatory, despite the fact that Israel is the only country that is banned from being listed when cities in disputed territories are concerned.

Weird that there are so many laws to govern the trivial, or that anyone would be so hung up on their ethnic identity as to want to complain about the matter

Weirdest thing is that this case might go all the way to the Supreme Court.

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