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Jacob (Jake) Sivak, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, is a retired professor in the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, where he continues his research interests as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He has a lifelong interest in the history of the Jewish people.

ARTICLES BY: Jacob Sivak

October 4, 2021 12:17 pm

Palestinian Prisoners and the Israeli Death Penalty

Six Palestinian inmates (five belonged to Islamic Jihad, and four were serving life sentences for attacks that killed Israelis) recently escaped from a prison in...

August 4, 2021 12:05 pm

Why Does the Media Ignore the Only True Democracy in the Middle East?

A recent opinion column by the journalist Gwynne Dyer was titled “No Functioning Democracies in Arab World.” The article notes that in Syria, Yemen, and Libya,...

April 29, 2021 11:42 am

More Than Oranges: The Continuing Success of the Israeli Economy

Growing up in Montreal in the 1950s and 1960s in a Zionist household meant being aware of the precarious nature of the Israeli economy and...

March 1, 2021 2:05 pm

Jewish History Proves Jews Are Indigenous to Israel

Jewish history is long, tortuous, and difficult to grasp in its entirety. Moreover, there is the history of the Jews, and then there is the...

January 4, 2021 8:33 am

COVID-19 Vaccines, Israel and Antisemitism

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge, and the one thing that should be clear to everybody is that no country or population is immune...

May 4, 2020 6:40 am

Despite COVID-19, the Israeli Economy Will Continue to Thrive

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics reported that Israel’s economy grew by 3.3% in 2019. While this is slightly lower than...

February 4, 2020 9:25 am

Hebrew as the Proof of Jewish Continuity

Many have wondered about the underlying basis for the continuing existence of the Jewish people. In their book Jews and Words (2012), Amos Oz and...

November 6, 2019 7:36 am

The Anglican Church of Canada Prays for Reconciliation with the Jews

When I was a young Jewish boy growing up in Montreal, I remember seeing a woman on the sidewalk of St. Catherine Street, the primary...

May 30, 2019 6:51 am

Jews Are Indigenous to the Land of Israel

In a Tablet Magazine article, Ryan Bellerose asked, “Are Jews Indigenous to the Land of Israel?” Bellerose’s answer is yes. He refers to Jews as...

April 18, 2019 12:52 pm

The Founding Fathers of Israel’s Scientific Legacy

While technically a failure, the crash landing of an Israeli space probe on the moon’s surface was successful in many respects. It was also the...

July 2, 2018 1:56 pm

Why Have Jewish Refugees From the Arab World Been Forgotten?

I recently watched a television reporter interviewing participants in an Al-Quds Day rally held in Toronto on June 9, 2018. (This is an Iranian-initiated event to...

June 3, 2018 8:57 am

The Shameful Record of the Church and the Holocaust in Canada

I'm sure that I was not the only one who watched the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer -- including the chanted slogan “Jews will not...


UK Jewish Groups Blast BBC’s ‘Whitewash Non-Apology’ for...

UK Jewish groups reacted with outrage on Thursday after the BBC issued what one called a “whitewash non-apology” for a...


Israeli Crypto Startup Fireblocks Soars With $8 Billion Valuation

CTech - Most people will remember the past two years as being difficult and riddled with previously unseen challenges that touched every aspect of our lives — our health, mental...

Middle East

Report: 54 Palestinian Terror Attacks Took Place in Israel in 2021, Up From... - The total number of Palestinian terror attacks in 2021 reached 54, according to a report published on Wednesday...

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