June 08, 2017

Khurrum Awan beat me in court today. And now he's suing a 77-year-old Catholic granny

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Bad news in the battle for freedom of speech: today, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear my appeal of the defamation judgment against me, brought some eight years ago by Khurrum Awan.

Awan is the former youth president of the Canadian Islamic Congress. As you know, one of the reasons I lost was that the judge ruled that calling Awan an anti-Semite was defamatory.

But Awan used to be the youth president of an anti-Semitic group — the Canadian Islamic Congress. They even called for the legalization of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

But the judge ruled it was defamatory for me to call their former youth president anti-Semitic. Because Awan denied he was, and said he never knew about his organization's infamous misconduct. The judge ruled I did not prove it was factually true. Even though Awan himself testified at trial that he agreed it's reasonable for people to call certain statements by the Canadian Islamic Congress anti-Semitic.

I appealed that trial judgment, and I lost. And today the Supreme Court said they won’t hear a further appeal.

And so now I have to pay $80,000 dollars to Awan, plus his legal costs. That’s obviously a blow to me financially.

But what worries me more is that a legal precedent has now been set: if you call a leader of an anti-Semitic group, “anti-Semitic”, you can be sued for defamation.

Every newspaper columnist, every political activist, every Jewish or Christian student in university must now be extremely careful. There is outrageous anti-Semitism on campuses these days. That’s not illegal. But calling members of those groups anti-Semitic can be illegal, if you don’t say it in just the right way.

This isn’t the first time that Awan has used the courts as a weapon to fight enemies of Islam. You’ll recall that Awan took the great Mark Steyn to three different Canadian human rights commissions for writing about Muslim extremism in Maclean’s magazine. It was my critical coverage of Awan’s lawfare against Steyn that caused Awan to target me with a lawsuit too.

Nearly eleven years has passed since Steyn first wrote that essay in October 2006. Awan sued me in 2009. That’s a long time. And that battle is over.

But what is Khurrum Awan up to now? He left Toronto, got married, settled down, started a family. He’s working for a law firm in Regina. 

But he’s not done with using our western courts to promote his Islamic agenda.

Just six weeks ago, Awan filed a stunning lawsuit against his neighbour in Regina. Now, most of it is just a legal squabble that neighbours sometimes have. Awan and his wife, Ayesha Ahmed, claim that there are “approximately three trees the branches of which overhang the Plaintiff’s backyard”. And some of the branches snapped and fell.

The lady who owns the neighbouring house, by the way, is 77 years old. So maybe she is not doing all the gardening she should. I don’t know.

But Awan is a lawyer, with lawyer friends. So he got another lawyer named Ahmed Malik to sue the neighbour, demanding $60,000 dollars.

But here’s the shocking part: Awan is suing his 77-year-old neighbour for having “a large Christian cross” on her backyard.

Awan says it’s a “violation of human rights” that a Catholic granny has a cross on her property, and that it’s "an attempt to intimidate and discriminate against the Plaintiffs, who are visible minorities and visible Muslims.”

He’s not just asking for $60,000 from his neighbour. He’s asking the court for “an injunction ordering the Defendants to permanently remove the cross.”

He’s a bully. Bullying a 77-year-old Catholic granny. Suing her for having a cross in her back yard. 

The same bully who went after Mark Steyn.

The same bully who just won $80,000 dollars from me in court.

See, the Supreme Court taught Khurrum Awan a lesson today: that the best way to wage a jihad against the west isn’t through violence like terrorism. The best way to wage a jihad against the west is peacefully, by using our own laws against us. A human rights kangaroo court against Steyn; defamation laws against me; and just plain old suing a 77-year-old neighbour for having a cross on her deck.

Look. I’ve got to pay Awan his $80,000. I have no other choice. And I’m going to pay that from my own funds — I don’t think I could ask anyone else to help with that. If you want to help me with my legal fees though, I’d be grateful for your help there — I still have to pay my lawyer. You can do that at StandWithEzra.ca.

And once I raise enough to cover my own costs, I’m going to do this: I’m going to send a cheque to that 77-year-old granny to help her cover her legal fees. Not for the squabble about branches and trees. But because no-one in should be sued for having a cross on her property — this is Canada, not Pakistan.

If you can help, go to StandWithEzra.ca

Yours truly,

Ezra Levant

P.S. I’m going to pay Awan the $80,000 myself. There’s no way I will ask other people for help with that. But if you can help me with my legal bills, I’d be grateful. Please click here if you can help chip in — thank you.

P.P.S. I know what this poor lady in Regina is going through. I’m going to send her some money too, to help cover her legal bills. I don’t know who’s right or wrong about the branches and trees. I don’t care about that. But when a Muslim bully sues a little old lady for having a cross on her property, we’ve simply got to help her. I will personally take money from my own legal defence fund to help her.

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commented 2017-06-17 20:42:55 -0400
Rebelnites…Ezra knows the truth about the un human rights tribunal court in Canada…In a nut shell..hip-pity hop…hip-pity hop…hip-pity hop it’s off to the twilight zone we go…you can call me whatever….hip-pity hop.. it’s off to trudeau land sunny ways…hip-pity hop…la..la..la.lal..lala..la tee da… Aka..kangaroo court..a very costly kangaroo court…you probably could make up a phony incident and cash in on thousands..
commented 2017-06-11 22:40:56 -0400
Jimmy Reece: Words have to mean something. If a man belongs to the KKK it is reasonable to believe he is a white supremacist. He may claim but last ight I had a come to Jesus moment and am no longer a bigot then the next night revert back to his old ways. Sure I can agree all things are possible but more likely someone may be playing games and their words are being used deceptively.
commented 2017-06-11 17:08:20 -0400
JIMMY REECE commented 1 day ago
“Allan Peterson,
Canada is primarily a liberal country and has been for a very very long time. Why do you think the Liberal Party has won far more times than the Conservatives? "

Why? Because Canadians are self absorbed and they like their PM’s stupid so they will promise them lots of freebies and legalize their perverse proclivities. The “freebies” are actually tax payer dollars coerced out of fellow Canadians wallets by the power of the state. As for the perversions, G.K. Chesterton said it best, as usual:

“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
commented 2017-06-11 17:00:27 -0400
Yes, Boris. Here is a legacy of the supposedly brilliant mind of PET:
“The Charter addressed a deficiency in Canadian constitutionalism: checking the powers of government. It’s possible to imagine a lot of solutions to that problem. The solution contained in the Charter is to give unelected judges the power to void acts of Parliament.

Unelected judges chosen by the prime minister at the prime minister’s sole discretion, unscrutinized by any elected body.

The Charter encapsulates the grand theme of Trudeau’s political life: his lack of respect for the people who returned him to office again and again – his instinctive sympathy for power, the less accountable the better."

commented 2017-06-11 13:25:15 -0400
this is what happens when left minded liberals become judges! also donated money for Ezra hopefully we all can help him out
commented 2017-06-11 12:43:50 -0400
Jimmy Reece: Sorry for taking so long to respond. Sometimes I have a little difficulty tracking down stories. Your statement really didn’t offer much of a rationalization. The fact he lost in court doesn’t hold much. In another court he might have prevailed under another judge. If you cannot draw reasonable inferences from political organizations from which people belong unless a person makes it a point to declare they do not hold such positions we are left in a place where words and titles mean nothing. Court cases have been fought over who has the legal right to use the title of religious and political organizations at the exclusion of others. To simply dismiss this as " whatever you think is irrelevant" is only irrelevant because you want minus any justification for your opinion. One good example is in the early church history of the Mormon church (I’m not Mormon by the way) but a schism arose and you now had two different groups claiming to be the Mormon church. A law suit was filed and one group was told to change their name and the break off group was ruled a schism and now uses the term Latter day saints. You see belonging to a group has certain meanings and beliefs that are inherent to belonging to that group unless you are openly differentiating yourself from beliefs you do not hold. In other words how am I as Joe citizen supposed to know that a leader in the KKK is really a black supremacist if he makes no indication?
commented 2017-06-11 10:26:08 -0400
Just how big was this little old ladies cross?
commented 2017-06-11 03:52:28 -0400
Come on. Ezra is out 80 thousand dollars. How many you tube ads have to pop up for Ezra to make that much amount of dough?
commented 2017-06-10 16:50:56 -0400
pet…Big Goof…justin trudeau…little potato… Biggest Goof…

Ezra.. Sometimes you have to let the bad guys win a Battle or two to win the War..
commented 2017-06-10 09:53:13 -0400
Molson Canadian beer leaves a terrible aftertaste in my mouth; truly bad beer. Beau’s brewery makes excellent beer- Lug Tread is fantastic.
commented 2017-06-10 02:36:28 -0400
Not jimmy from the Maritime’s. You’d have to watch Jimmy’s stupid video to understand. It was about Canadians who say aboot instead of about.
commented 2017-06-10 01:40:22 -0400
Why argue with a paid troll? Let his boss get pissed that he can’t get a rise out of people. He’s not from the Maritimes, try more likely the GTA, largest district of the Red Tent and the backroom boys.
commented 2017-06-10 00:21:08 -0400
…no the ‘actor’ was probably Jimmy buttercup, he did say he was in ‘the entertainment business’ after all. Or maybe he is just an out of work gofer guy, since his boss ghomushie got fired from the cbc. Don’t worry Jackie Carter, things will turn around for you soon I am sure of it.
commented 2017-06-10 00:17:04 -0400
… and if you are from the Maritime’s, it is likely you say ‘aboot’. Who produced that, you Jimmy Duh?
commented 2017-06-10 00:14:20 -0400
The best line in that ridiculous commercial was, " I believe in diversity not assimilation", what a putz.
commented 2017-06-10 00:11:45 -0400
So much for Molson Canadian beer. It’s crap anyway. Bunch of post-modernist freaks.
commented 2017-06-09 23:44:25 -0400
Jimmy Reece, you were commenting as Jack Carter when you left me with the big impression that Canada really doesn’t have a culture to speak of, no real identity either.
I’m glad to hear you are working. Wish you all the best!
commented 2017-06-09 23:23:13 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

When did I say that about Canadian culture and identity? I work in the Canadian entertainment industry for fuck sake. You know, Canadian culture.
commented 2017-06-09 23:19:30 -0400
Allan Peterson,

Canada is primarily a liberal country and has been for a very very long time. Why do you think the Liberal Party has won far more times than the Conservatives?

Why do you think things like gay marriage are made legal here 10 years before America gets around to it.

Canada is a progressive country. It’s almost like you conservatives have been in a coma for a century and don’t realize the kind of country you are living in.
commented 2017-06-09 23:10:14 -0400
Jimmy Reece doesn’t think much of Canadian culture or identity either, he follows his childish leader!
commented 2017-06-09 23:03:34 -0400
And Trudeau says we don’t have an identity or culture, what an idiot!
commented 2017-06-09 22:44:36 -0400
Jimmy, that nauseating video is just a piece of left wing virtue signalling, feel good smarm. It is hardly a scholarly treatise on what it means to be a Canadian. We are all tired of you lefites trying to define who we are. We don’t need no steenking reminders. We know who we are. You are the ones who need a beer company to define you.
commented 2017-06-09 22:23:23 -0400
liza Rosie,

Canada has been about diversity long before Justin came along and even longer than when this was produced.

You clearly need a reminder of what Canada is all about.

commented 2017-06-09 22:02:16 -0400
It isn’t a scam in Canada A Rebel Fan, our judicial system has deemed it legitimate. Law is a very ‘fluid’ thing in Canada. They make it up as they go along, changing and modifying it to suit what ever need any new minority screams for. Fashioning it for the ‘need’ of the day.

They are lining up, A Rebel Fan. There are many many more behind this guy. It is the new normal in Canada. I’m sure these court decisions will go a long way to easing any tensions don’t you? That these decisions seem to always favour minorities at the expense of any kind of fair and balanced justice, is no need for alarm. We will just have to get used to it. It’s all in the name of diversity and Justin tells us it’s ‘who we are’ so it must be so.
commented 2017-06-09 20:55:16 -0400
There should be a scam alert put out on Awan.
commented 2017-06-09 20:52:17 -0400
Welcome to the new Canada under trudeau, where only islamic racists and bigots have rights!

Who will be the next victim of islam?
commented 2017-06-09 18:43:35 -0400
There is absolutely NO «justice» to be found in those Vatican-controlled Cestui Que Vie Trust-Accounts bank-fraud court-systems. You’re supposed to snitch on the prosecutors and any and all parties to the Plaintiffs who bring actions against you. Read each and every line of code of their statutes/ordinances/regulations/etc., followed by all of their own rules and regulations that <i>they</i> are supposed to follow, then complain to high heaven about absolutely <u>every</u> «felony» you can identify that <i>they</i> have committed (also don’t forget to read entire Constitutions particularly in the Bill of Rights sections).

Especially say on and for the Official Public Record that the Prosecutor and all parties involved with the Plaintiff are just trying to convert your Cestui Que Vie Trust account into a Cestui Que Use just so that he can fraudulently access the Credit on the Account that actually belongs to YOU. Another thing you need to do from the very beginning is to Compel the Court to Identify itself (you can do this by asking whether or not the Flag in the Front of the Room is one of Admiralty/Maritime, and no judge can honestly answer such a question since ALL courts are Kangaroo-Court systems of treasonable MARTIAL LAW, and I have a Court-Hearing of my own coming up where I need to snitch on all of the U.S. cops because Police-State U.S.A. has too many PIGs who lie, slander, libel, defame, perjure their Oath if they even HAVE an Oath, unlawfully make up false crap in order to illegally/unlawfully/falsely/unethically/immorally arrest you for any reason that can «dream» up even when you have caused no harm and committed no crime and did not disturb the peace of the land and have no criminal-record; they apparently don’t care, because they’re a bunch of CORRUPT <b>MERCENARY</b> PIGs, who are paid to put people into jails and prisons, <u>regardless</u> whether or not the reasons are justified, because the U.S. Prison-Industrial Complex or in this case I should say the N.A. Prison-Industrial Complex is run FOR-PROFIT).
commented 2017-06-09 18:26:24 -0400
It should be illegal for a lawyer to get rich by suing everyone he comes in contact with…a journalist for stating an opinion, an old lady for having a cross in her yard. That’s a good scam he’s got going there.