Subject: B¹nai Brith Canada Faces Revolt
From: "The Radical Press" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, February 8, 2008
To: "RADICAL PRESS" <email@example.com>
Dear Radical Reader,
The article below came out one week before I received my complaint from the
Canadian Human Rights Commission is a good illustration of what I
continually talk and write about with respect to Harry Abrams and the B¹nai
Brith¹s attack upon me and my website adicalPress.com. Here is an
organization quickly shifting into more and more secrecy and
unaccountability and resembling the Israeli Mossad rather than just another
benevolent, for-charity organization here in Canada.
Can you imagine any other charitable organization that refuses to allow its
members to see the books or refuses to send out audited information to its
members or manhandles members out the door if they happen to question the
Minutes of an AGM or refuses to publish the names of the Board of
Could it be they don¹t want members or the general public to know where
they¹re getting their money from or who they¹re bankrolling? Or is it
information regarding their exaggerated influence upon the Harper
Conservative government that they want to keep hidden from the public eye?
As the article states, for a group composed of only four thousand members
they seem to be extremely adept at manipulating government policy. Is this a
surprise? Not to me. This organization is 100% pro-Zionist and its mandate
IS to influence Canadian government policy in favour of Israel. That, I
suggest, is one of the main reasons why Abrams and B¹nai Brith want to shut
Please pass this article along to anyone who still believes that Zionism is
nothing but a benign political philosophy that only supports a spiritual
homeland for Jews.
Peace and Justice for All,
The Radical Press
Canada¹s Radical News Network
³Digging to the root of the issues since 1998²
B¹nai Brith Canada Faces Revolt
By Sheldon Gordon
Tue. Nov 13, 2007
Toronto ‹ One of Canada¹s foremost Jewish advocacy organizations is being
shaken by an internal rebellion of members who say that the organization
lacks "responsible governance."
A group calling itself Concerned Members of B'nai Brith Canada is
challenging B'nai Brith Canada, a 132-year old service organization. The
group of dissenters says that its members include four past presidents. The
rebels have declined to reveal their identities, claiming they would face
summary expulsion from B'nai Brith.
Former Toronto lodge president Henry Gimpel, a spokesman for the dissidents,
said, "It's not that they¹re trying" to oust B'nai Brith Canada's top
officers, "they have to."
"There's no way you can reverse the situation with the existing [leaders],"
Gimpel said. "There¹s too much of [B'nai Brith Canada] being run by one
Frank Dimant, who has been B'nai Brith Canada's executive vice president for
the past 29 years, rejected the charge of one-man rule. "I would
categorically deny that," he told the Forward. "This organization is made up
of many leaders, many of them well known in the community."
B'nai Brith is one of the Canadian Jewish community's leading names. It was
founded in 1875 as a Jewish service organization and later morphed into a
defender of the community against antisemitism. Like its American
counterpart, B'nai Brith Canada is affiliated with B'nai B¹rith
International. Unlike its American counterpart, it plays a leading role in
Canada's Jewish political advocacy and has a high-media profile ‹ standing
as a right-of-center alternative to the more centrist Canadian Jewish
In recent years, B'nai Brith Canada¹s political agenda has enabled it to
build close ties with the ruling Conservative Party, giving it greater
influence on the federal government than its limited base ‹ 4,000 full
dues-paying members ‹ would suggest. The dissidents claim that B'nai Brith
Canada¹s membership has declined, and there's no doubt that the organization
has been struggling financially: Last January, it had to re-mortgage its
head office building to raise $850,000.
Gimpel, who is an ex-member of B'nai Brith Canada's national administrative
board, warned that three lodges, accounting for one-quarter of the national
organization¹s dues-paying membership, are discussing breaking away. Sources
inside B'nai Brith denied this. Lodge officials could not be reached for
Since May, the dissenters have distributed an anonymous monthly newsletter
called BBC News Without the Spin. In the June issue, they wrote, "We want to
end the current dysfunctional corporate governance at BBC and restore it to
its once prominent position."
Some of the criticism has taken on the organization's political nature, with
dissidents claiming that B'nai Brith Canada has become too closely
identified with the Conservative Party, to the point that it could endanger
its status as a charitable institution. Sources close to the organization
say that these complaints come from dissidents who are supporters of the
Much of the criticism, however, takes on the organization's financial
governance. The rebels complain that there is "no financial accountability,"no annual general meeting involving participation by the lodges and no
elections of officers. The dissidents have said that "senior officers" have
failed for the past five years to provide members and donors with audited
annual financial statements for the annual general meeting.
Prior to the 2006 meeting, the president of the organization, Gerry
Weinstein, wrote a letter to dissidents in which he said that "the business
heretofore conducted at the [annual general meeting] is now within theexclusive jurisdiction of the Board of Governors and the Executive
Members wishing to review B'nai Brith Canada's audited financial statements
can do so only at the organization's offices and cannot make copies.
The dissidents filed a complaint with a federal agency, Corporations Canada,
in December 2005, stating that the restricted financial disclosure violatedthe Canada Corporations Act. They asked for a probe of B'nai Brith Canada's
status as a registered not-for-profit. The agency told the group that it
should take the matter to court.
The rebels lost at the B'nai Brith International Court of Appeals, an
internal tribunal that ruled against them in July and stated, "No
irregularity in the procedures followed by B'nai Brith Canada has been made
out that would invoke the jurisdiction of this Court.
Weinstein declined to be interviewed, but in a written statement he said, "These disgruntled individuals have chosen to attack B'nai Brith Canada and
its leadership in a manner that we believe is without just cause and
destructive to the organization and the Jewish community as a whole."
Weinstein said that B'nai Brith Canada was acting similarly to other Jewish
organizations, including B'nai Brith International, that had changed their
power structures '"o protect themselves from both internal and external
B'nai Brith sources said that the dissident past presidents are motivated by
personal grievances against the organization or individuals in the
organization, and that some have not been active members for decades.
The rebels, for their part, say that there have been vigorous efforts to
stifle their dissent. When an officer of B'nai Brith Canada's biggest lodge
disputed the contents of the minutes at the 2006 annual meeting, security
personnel attempted to forcibly remove him, according to the rebels. More
recently, they say, five members received a letter from the organization's
lawyers warning them not to publish the critical newsletter.
The dissidents also are upset that B'nai Brith Canada refuses to reveal the
names of its board of governors. A spokeswoman for the organization
initially agreed to provide the Forward with "some names," then later said
that in order to protect the members' privacy, the names would not be
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