To women in Paris, New York, Brussels, London – or Ottawa on “Hijab day” – who lawfully claim the freedom to wear the burqa or the niqab, I would say: Think very carefully, not only about your individual rights, in … Continue reading
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Tagged Burka, burqa, Burqua, Hidjab, Hidjab day, hijab, Hijab day, human-rights, Islam, Michel Botman, Nikab, niqab, Niquab, Ottawa Hijab day, Religion, Women's Rights
Few stories could be more heartbreaking than the story of Lisa Borch, the tragically misguided teen from Denmark, victimized for years by Muslim men twice her age, abused, manipulated, brainwashed and ultimately programmed to kill. The story of two victims … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Islam
Tagged Burka, burqa, coran, Democracy, discrimination, Education, femen, feminism, free speech, gender equality, Islam, islamism, Michel Botman, sharia
A Wimbledon Final of the spoken word.
Posted in Current Events
Tagged Al Lafrance, Gerard Harris, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Jeff Leard, Let's Start a Country, Michel Botman, Michel Botman photographe, Michel Botman Photographer, Michel Botman photographie, Michel Botman Photography Toronto Fringe, Tarragon, Tarragon Theater, Tarragon Theatre
Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with a small cancer. Nothing major at all. Nothing grand. A pesky malignant nodule, the size of a shriveled plum, sitting insidiously over my Thyroid was surgically removed. It took a bit of a … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, on the way to school, Jesse, one of the many bright kids in our carpool, and our son Noah were discussing Machiavellianism. Jesse made a particularly interesting and surprising comment on human nature and political systems.
Posted in Current Events, Family, Photography, Travel
Tagged Apartheid, Cape Town, District Six Museum, Mandela, Michel Botman, Michel Botman photographe, Michel Botman Photographer, Michel Botman photographie, Michel Botman Photography, Nelson Mandela, Noah Botman, Robben Island, Robben Island Cape Town, South Africa
Last Saturday, we were invited by our friends Karen and Steve to celebrate Karen’s birthday at Walima, our favorite Moroccan restaurant on Avenue Road. As the evening progressed, the conversation meandered gently from place to place, from our lives back … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Digital Imaging, Family, Scitex
Tagged Alan Noon, Arazi, efi, Efi Arazi, Electronic for Imaging, Eli Baron, exscite, Imager, Imager III, Jean-Claude Van Holder, Kobi Milo, Lindy Amato, Liz Waterworth, Michel Botman, Michel Botman Scitex, Scitex, Scitex Europe, Scitex System, Sebastian Rockstroh, Shlomi Tauber, Shomo Buzaglo
As many of our loved ones journeyed from Poland to Israel, traveling across the world from a somber Yom HaShoah commemoration in Auschwitz to a glorious Yom HaAtzma’ut celebration in Massada, we are also to remember the thousands of survivors … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Family, Holocaust, Israel / Judaism, Noah Botman
Tagged anti-semitism, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, human-rights, Israel, Majdanek, majdanek poland, Majdanic, middle-east, Noah Botman, Obama, Obama Yad Vashem Address, Palestine, politics, President Obama, President Obama Yad Vashem Address, Religion, shoah, UN resolution 181, World War II, Yom HaAtzma’ut, Yom HaShoah
The paradoxical “political correctness” of Israel bashing: new variations on an antediluvian theme.
Posted in Current Events, Israel / Judaism, Society
Tagged anti-semitism, antisemitism, Gerald Scarfe anti-israel cartoon, Holocaust, holocaust memorial day, human-rights, Israel security barrier, israeli airstrike in Syria, israeli security barrier, israeli strike in Syria, israeli wall, middle-east, political correctness, politics, The Sunday TImes anti-Israel cartoon
On November 30, 2012, the day the Palestinian Authority obtained non-member observer state status at the United Nations, I received an email from, Avaaz, a civic organization of which I have been a member for a number of years. (Email … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Israel / Judaism
Tagged 1947 partition of Palestine, 1948 Arab Israel war, 1948 Middle East war, British Mandate for Palestine, Gaza, Gaza strip, Israel, Jewish refugees, Jordan, Palestine, Palestinian refugees, Palestinian state, Palestinian statehood, Partition of Palestine, Transjordan, West Bank
All deaths are not equal. There is tragedy, there is sadness… and there is nausea.
Dana Bakdounis; breaking free from the confines of the chrysalis. Giving a voice and a face to the uprising of women in the Arab world:
Last Friday, I sent a letter to the Toronto Start in response to the following article on a recent Ontario Human Rights lawsuit:
Every afternoon, I drive to CHAT, the Hebrew Academy where my son Noah goes to school. It has been part of my hectic schedule for the last few years, and, despite the laborious routine, something I always look forward to … Continue reading