Howie’s Rant

My Commencement Speech to the Class of 2017

My Commencement Speech to the Class of 2017

Every year around this time, I write a speech that I would give at a graduation. In the 20 years I have been doing this exercise, I have never been invited to speak at a commencement. That said, here are my words to the graduating class of 2017. It’s graduation time, looking out at all […]

Weak Jews Condemn Strong Jews

Weak Jews Condemn Strong Jews

Although I had nothing to do with the protest at Concordia and was merely there to cover it for Montreal Jewish News, I am horrified by how many Jews and Jewish organizations have condemned the protestors. The event was a speech by three academics who were explaining how Israel is committing ethnic cleansing on the […]

Why I didn’t officially report the Concordia kippa incident

Why I didn’t officially report the Concordia kippa incident

By Howie Silbiger In Friday’s Journal de Montreal, while ruminating on the latest Muslim violence at Concordia, a bomb threat that shut down the university for a day, columnist Lise Ravery asked why I didn’t report an incident at Concordia where I was told to take off my kippa because Concordia is a ‘Muslim university’. […]

Mosque Attack is Our Fault

Mosque Attack is Our Fault

​By Howie Silbiger A mosque was shot up in Quebec city and multiple people were killed and injured. The attack happened the same weekend that the American President imposed a temporary hold on people travelling to the States from five terror supporting (and US hating) countries. Is there a correlation? Can it be that suddenly […]

Jewish Defense League – Not For Montreal

Jewish Defense League – Not For Montreal

When I was a child, salve my friends used to be afraid of many things. Darkness would bring monsters, boogie men and strange creatures that would attack them in the night. They used to insist that their parents keep a light on, the door open or in some extreme cases, sit with them until they […]

On Robin Williams’ Death

Robin Williams is not a hero. No, this is not blasphemy or me saying that the national discussion on mental illness that his death provoked isn’t overdue and the focus on depression isn’t warranted. It is, and has been for a long time. While I can’t and won’t try to pretend that I understand or […]

There is No Need For The JDL in Montreal

Should Montreal have a Jewish Defense League chapter? Should tough Jews go out and break the heads of the Jew haters? Will this accomplish anything or will it be for naught? These are the questions that have been running through my head since I found out that Meir Halevi was coming to Montreal to discuss […]

Israel Was Not Wrong in Beach Bombing That Killed 4 Children

The headlines said it all, “Israel Kills Four Innocent Gaza Children Playing on the Beach”. The savages. How could a country that has been so self righteous commit such a heinous war crime? “They targeted Children”, yelled the protestors and the Israel haters. “They are not humanitarian, they are murderers with no conscience”. Then came […]

They Were Three Boys

They were three boys, innocent young boys, trying to get home for Shabbat. This refrain plays itself over and over again in my head as I read the coverage of the murder of the three kidnapped Israeli boys. I’ve covered terrorism for years, as a journalist, I’ve infiltrated terror groups, I’ve exposed terror plots and […]

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