- - Monday, August 26, 2019

We have all read and heard about the ‘dual loyalty’ of Jews when it comes to the state of Israel. I for one admit that I have a dual loyalty to both Israel and my country, Canada. I would fight for and give up my life to protect either country. I will stand up for Canada, as this is my home and where I have been given the opportunity to live, work and practice whatever religion I want. I will also stand up for and give up my life for Israel, as that is the country that is the birthplace of my religion and has provided me with the teachings of the Torah and the Ten Commandments, and has allowed me to be brought up with the pride and ethics of being a Jew.

Many in the media in the United States and in other countries should be praising this type of loyalty instead of trying to drive a wedge between many in our religion. It is well-documented which governments have persecuted Jews in the past and made it difficult for us to survive in their countries. We should be wary of factions in governments that overtly look for the overthrow and destruction of Israel. Am Yisrael Chai.

SIDNEY CHELSKY

Thornhill, Ontario

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