CAEF Weekly Bulletin - June 21, 2019

CAEF President addresses Hadassah Noar Chapter on AntiZionism, the New AntiSemitism

This thriving, dynamic 66 year old Toronto chapter of Hadassah was superbly well attended on June 17th when Irving Weisdorf addressed the members at a luncheon held at the home of Carole and Dr. Bernie Zucker. Weisdorf eloquently reflected on the earliest history of antisemitism towards Jews, starting with the failure of Christianity to eradicate Judaism, then the failure of Islam to do so. Both religions persecuted Jews, forced conversions, drove Jews out of their own land, prohibited their settling in new lands or set very restrictive covenants on their doing so. Jews thrived despite this. This raised even more antagonism.

When Jews were successful, it bred jealousy, when Jews were ostracized it led to more discrimination and the cycle continued for centuries. Weisdorf connected the dots leading to Israel—the Nazis found willing, even eager collaborators amongst the Arabs in Palestine. The British, despite many steps in laying the groundwork for a Jewish State in Palestine, actually fortified the Arabs in rejecting Jewish immigration, failed to live up to their international commitments in regards to creating a Jewish State, bolstered the power of Haj Amin Al Husseini who was chosen to be the representative of the Arabs and who ultimately allied with Hitler.

In his presentation, Weisdorf illustrated the links between today’s antisemitism and the treatment of Israel on the international stage, and the demeaning of Israel’s rights, her history and even current intentions by much of the Western Press, university Leftists, Islamist tyrants, and politically correct-Islam –cowed governments. He called on members of Noar Hadassah Chapter to act, to fight back, and not to ignore any antisemitic incidents in order to ensure a safe future for their children and grandchildren.

Al Quds Day Hate Rally in Toronto - June 1, 2019

Every year on June 1st a hate rally is held in the streets of Toronto and many other cities around the world that aims to demonize the Jewish people and the state of Israel. This rally is called “Al Quds Day”. Al Quds Day is a movement that started in Iran after the Islamic revolution of 1979, and has now spread into many other cities, particularly in the West. Al Quds Day is a movement that supports the eradication of Israel, that denies the Holocaust and that not only allows, but encourages the usage of racial slurs against the Jewish people.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre commented on this year’s Al Quds Day rally and previous rallies as “an anti-Semitic hate fest that brings together Radical Islamic protestors who call for the eradication of Israel”. This year’s Al Quds Day rally was much smaller when compared to previous years, but although the number of participants is shrinking, the toxicity of the event has unfortunately stayed the same. The hatred and toxicity of Al Quds Day has now concerned those currently in the Canadian government. For example, on June 3rd a Liberal MP expressed great concern about the blatant antisemitism towards the Jewish people and the state of Israel that the rally encourages. Toronto City Councilor, James Pasternak, stated his absolute disgust about the fact that Al Quds Day still continues to be held in Toronto. He commented on the rally saying, “It is truly shocking that this group continues to hold this unpermitted hate rally in our city. An event that in previous years has had speakers supporting the destruction of Israel, denying the Holocaust and making racial slurs has no place anywhere, especially in such a diverse and welcoming city as Toronto”. But the blatant antisemitism was exceedingly worrying given the the posters and signs at the event which bore alarming hate messages.

One example of a despicable sign at this year’s rally was held by a little girl, and the placard was of a bloodied girl with these words: “Israel cages two children every day”. Another example was of a sign that depicted the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem and warned that the “Last Khayber is Ready,” which is a reference to the Muslim massacre of Jews in 628 CE. The posters at the rally were so despicable that they prompted a response from the Conservative leader Andrew Sheer who tweeted, “The use of threatening, antisemitic signs at the Toronto Al-Quds Day demonstration is despicable. Such incitement of hatred is unacceptable and has no place in Canada.”

The Al Quds Day rally is certainly a despicable movement, but it is also a movement that invokes hypocrisy as highlighted by Imam Mohamad Tawhidi, an Iranian-Australian Muslim scholar, educator, and internationally renowned speaker. Tawhidi has dedicated his life to fighting the hateful Islamist ideology. He is personally  tackling the spread of Islamic Extremism. On his Facebook, Tawhidi wrote, “New Level Hypocrisy: Al-Quds Day organizer chants ‘Death to Israel’ but sells Israeli invented products for a living.”  Tawhidi also wrote a great quote which illustrates his view that no religion should be forced upon the rest of humanity; Tawhidi wrote, “Your religion is not a constitution for the rest of humanity”.

CAEF receives a response from Toronto Mayor John Tory

In response to a letter from the President and the Executive Director of CAEF to Mayor and Council, in regards to the Al Quds Day, rally requesting the City abide by its own earlier decision to require a license for such rallies and to charge policing and sanitation costs to law breakers who ignored the license requirements, the Mayor’s office shared a letter to the Chief of Police, Mark Saunders and City Manager, Chris Murray. The full letter requesting a report on the rally and any related incidents and a full costing is included here.

Imam of Peace speaks out against AntiSemitism, the Al Quds Day Rally, Islamist Claims against Israel, and other Falsehoods perpetrated by Islamists