Letters to the editor: Willful blindness to Israel of its detractors
Plus Psychedelics For Your Pet, Mapping Indigenous Art From Canada And Another Death By Bike In Readers Email This Week
Petition exposes double standard on Israeli-Palestinian issue
Toronto artists call on Koffler Center to quit United Jewish Appeal (NOW online, May 26).
I am always amazed at the variety of groups that support initiatives aimed at isolating Israel.
For example, the Chinatown Biennale is a signatory to the petition calling on the Koffler Center to cut ties with the United Jewish Appeal. Yet I see no mention of their support for their fellow Chinese Uyghurs who are dying in “re-education camps”. The South Asian Visual Arts Center is also a signatory, but I see no mention of their plight with India’s apartheid (i.e., its caste system) which continues to economically and socially separate the lower castes. The Xspace Cultural Center, which is committed to maintaining a positive queer environment, is also a signatory, but it appears to have nothing to say about the oppression and criminalization of LGBTQ communities in Gaza and the West Bank. Neither group cares whether the Turks are killing the Kurds or the Taliban are killing in Afghanistan. The list is endless. Why does this blindness exist?
Mark Fox – From NOWTORONTO.COM
Anti-Semites are portrayed as “martyrs”
Re: Photo essay: March and rally calls for an end to violence in the Middle East (NOW online, May 23).
Hate crimes have risen 51% in the city over the past year, according to a recent Toronto police report. Global media reported a sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents. The Israel Defense Movement tweeted about Islamic lobbyists rallying and chanting “Death to the Jews” in European capitals. In North America, Jews who gathered for their nation were attacked, threatened and verbally insulted.
The obscene and stupid way in which the Palestinian lobby and other anti-Semitic racists portray Islamic extremists and hateful Jews as “martyrs” is truly evil.
Christophe Mansour – Toronto
Deaf advertising choices
In the middle of the George Floyd murderer trial, you ran an ad for a law enforcement program at one of our local colleges. In the midst of the bombing of people in Palestine, you presented the Jewish Film Festival. For a medium that prides itself on provocative reporting, diverse perspectives, and a commitment to social and environmental justice, you have failed to live up to the values you claim. Your callous and deaf choices show a serious lack of moral judgment. Thank you for doing better.
Robin Lake – Toronto
Mapping Indigenous Art in Canada
Enzo DiMatteo’s interesting article on the totem poles of the Spadina metro station (NOW, May 27-June 2) makes a strange reference to the “Pacific Northwest” when he describes the indigenous art of the Gitxsan of the west coast of Canada. The last time I looked at a map, northwestern Canada was in the Yukon.
John D. Stanley – Toronto
A best-selling concentrate missed on our list
Re 10 Canadian Concentrates That Kick (NOW online, May 27). You missed one of the best concentrate producers – the Kolab project. They offer some of the best selling concentrates on the market.
Nick Sincennes – From NOWTORONTO.COM
Psilocybin for everything that ails your pet
Re Is it okay to get your pet high? (NOW online, May 18) Love it! Good reading. I work for a cannabis company that researches psilocybin and cannabis and pets are a great candidate for CBD. Relief from arthritis and epilepsy comes to mind when thinking about the possible benefits for pets using CBD.
Adam T. – From NOWTORONTO.COM
Trucks continue to cause unnecessary bicycle fatalities
A spinning truck is a death trap for cyclists. Almost 50% of all pedestrian and cyclist fatalities involve truck turns. The EU introduced a technically very simple solution – a continuous bar between the front and rear wheels – 40 years ago. Sidebars were suggested for Canada around the time. The trucking industry has screamed that side bars are too expensive. So we still have unnecessary deaths for lack of a little hardware. When is the right time to make our streets and roads safer?
Bengt Lindvall – Toronto