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Jay Leno headlined UJA Toronto fundraiser


Dave Gordon - Thursday, 11 September, 2014

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UJA Federation of Greater Toronto launched its 2015 fundraising campaign Sept. 10 with an event at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, featuring standup comedy from former Tonight Show host Jay Leno.

The evening opened with a keynote from Bret Stephens, former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner and a Deputy Editorial Page Editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Stephens discussed Israel's perception in the world, and the threats the Jewish State is facing, among other related items.

A spokesman said that attendance broke records for similar past events, with nearly 2,500 in the audience.

In a few days since the campaign began, UJA boasted $31 million in donations from 4,000 people.

Excerpts from Bret Stephens:

 "It's great to be back in one of two Israel-supportive countries in the world, Canada and Micronesia."

"So much attention is being paid on the situation in Ukraine. But we don't pay attention to what's going on in Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan... and Turkey, which is being transformed from a secular liberal bulwark in the Muslim world, to a Putin-style quasi-dictatorship, that is today the foremost champion and advocate of Hamas."

"We've been so concerned about Hamas' thousands of rockets, and their network of terror tunnels. But we neglect to mention Hezbollah in Lebanon, who have 100,000 rockets, including 5,000 precision missiles that can reach anywhere in Israel. And in all likelihood, they're building tunnels of their own into Israel."

"With the exception of a single reporter from Indian TV, not a single Western journalist in Gaza during the war bothered to capture on film Hamas missiles being fired."

"(Leaders) mouth the phrase that Israel has a right to defend itself. Excuse me? A right is something you choose to exercise, or not to exercise. Israel does not have a right to defend itself. Israel has an obligation to defend itself."

 

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