July 23, 2015

NDP's Mulcair meets with Palestine House official who called 2014 Jerusalem massacre “courageous”

Jonathan D. HaleviRebel Blogger

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair arrived in Mississauga this Tuesday as part of his national election tour in Ontario. During this visit Mulcair met with community leaders and held a press conference.

Nazih Khatatba, a board member of the Palestine House in Mississauga and the editor of Meshwar newspaper, posted a picture of himself with Mulcair, accompanied with the following posting:

“With Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), which constitutes the official opposition in the Canadian Parliament, during a press conference and a tour he made in the Province of Ontario in order to introduce the positions of his party and his team. Surveys indicate the lead of NDP in the parliamentary elections which will be held on October 19. Mulcair has pledged to change the Canadian policy, including towards the Middle East, if his party wins the elections, by espousing more balanced positions regarding the relations with the Palestinians and Israelis and by repealing the Anti Terror Bill C-51 Bill, which grants the security services vast authorities to arrest people and to determine their place of residence.”

In a comment to this posting Khataba added: “I am with NDP and I don’t support the Liberals not because of his [Justin Trudeau] supportive position of homosexuals as this is an issue of a personal right for them, but because the Liberal positions don’t differ much of the Conservatives with regard to the leaning to Israel.” 

Thomas Mulcair with Nazih Khatatba. Picture: screenshot of Nazih Khatatba’s Facebook account

Khataba, who was one the honoured speakers at the pro Iranian al-Quds Day rally in Toronto earlier this month, is well known of his overt support of the Palestinian struggle against Israel.

In his editorial titled “al-Quds Operation and the Quiet Intifada”, (Issue 118, November 28, 2014, page 5) Khatatba portrayed the 2014 massacre with meat cleavers of 4 rabbis in Jerusalem by Palestinian terrorists as a “courageous and qualitative” operation and justified the Palestinian recent wave of terrorist attacks aimed at Israeli targets. (Howie Rothman, an Israeli Canadian, was seriously wounded after being struck in his head and neck with a cleaver.) The following are excerpts of Khatatba’s editorial:

“The activities of the occupation in al-Quds [Jerusalem] and al-Aqsa [Mosque] in particular, and in the other Palestinian territories in general, during a long period of time posed the Palestinians in front of only one option, which is initiating an attack with several innovated tactics culminated in the courageous and qualitative al-Quds operation, which was carried out on Tuesday [November 18, 2014] by two Palestinians in a Jewish synagogue. This ushers a new phase which should properly be called the phase of the new Fedayeen, fighters who sacrifice their life in battle

This [operation] is not included within the term of “terrorism” as is being said by the Americans, the Israelis and their Arab collaborators, but it was carried out as an action of self defence and rescue for the Palestinian people, that recently experienced the severest cases of insult and humiliation by the Zionists, and that what explains the the joy of the Palestinian street following this operation, its euphoria and sense of power…”

On the same day the Jerusalem massacre occurred, Khatatba harshly criticized the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), for issuing an official announcement condemning (however faintly) the attack.

A few days prior to the Jerusalem massacre, Khatatba justified the ‘run-over’ and stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews and overtly supported launching a Palestinian armed intifada (war) against Israel.

In another post Khatatba warned the Israelis: “…the feeling of horror once again dominates the settlers’ [mind]. You will never enjoy life in security and occupation with security, and you will never succeed to cause havoc freely from now on, as for any Palestinian martyr there will be much more [dead] settlers.”

In an another editorial (Meshwar, Issue 108, July 11 2014, page 6) Khatatba thanked Syria for supplying rockets that were launched at Israel from Gaza: “O Minister of Foreign Affairs [John Baird], the Palestinian blood is not cheap and the dignity of the Palestinians cannot be harmed whether in Hebron, Gaza or Mississauga. The resounding response was in all fronts and the Palestinians have the right of self defense and of getting rid of the occupation… and we say it once again: thanks to Syria which transferred its missiles [to Gaza] for attacking Tel Aviv, al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Haifa.”

In an op-ed (Meshwar, Issue 66, November 30, 2012, page 8) Dr. Nazih Khatatba expressed a similar position:

“It is essential to add this achievement (the article was published in advance of the UN recognition of Palestine as a non member observer state) to the triumph that the resistance in Gaza achieved due to its firm endurance and launching of hundreds of rockets on Israeli cities. These rockets dented Israel’s deterrence and created a new reality, that no one can deny, principally the Palestinian leadership, of the role of the popular and military resistance to improve the conditions in any future negotiations with Israel…

“The unyielding fortitude and victory that Gaza achieved would not have materialized without the unconstrained help from Iran, Syria and Hizballah, who provided weaponry, rockets, training and financing…

“There is a dispute as to what is happening now in Syria, which affects relationships in the region, but this must not blind us from seeing the truth. They celebrated with the resistance (in its victory), carried on their backs the difficulties and heavy payload, and always assisted the resistance and supported it. Now, in light of the continued aggression, these factors are continuing with their effort to help Gaza with weapons…

The Palestinian resistance should speak out loud and clear and not be afraid to express gratitude to Iran, Syria and Hizballah….”

 “Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and [the City of] al-Quds [Jerusalem] are in need for mujahideen [jihad fighters], not tourists” was title Khatatba chose for his editorial (Meshwar, Issue. 103, May 2, 2014, p. 5) which criticized the Palestinian Minister of [Islamic] Endowments, Dr. Mahmoud al-Habbash, for supporting normalization with the Israelis.

In his previous tour in Mississauga, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, met (March 1, 2015) with representatives of the local Arab community, including Monira Kitmitto.

Monira Kitmitto, resident of Oakville, is a member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) and until December 2014 served as a board member of The Palestine House in Mississauga. She has worked in Palestinian refugee camps Lebanon and was an active member in the Union of Palestinian Women. She also attended the pro Iranian al-Quds Day rally in Toronto.

Following the news reports on the massacre carried out by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem synagogue in which 4 rabbis were slaughtered with meat cleavers, Monira Kitmitto posted (November 18, 2014) the following on her Facebook page (translated from Arabic):

“In al-Quds like in the Galilee, the [West] Bank, Gaza and the Negev, in spite of the consecutive tragedies there is a spirit of manhood in the air and heroism on the ground. Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal [the Palestinian cousins who murdered with a handgun, an axe and a knife 4 rabbis and wounded 8 in Jerusalem massacre], you are role model and an example [for others]. Glory to both of you and to all [others who committed similar operations].”

Monira Kitmitto also posted a poster featuring a man brandishing a long knife and the pictures of terrorists with the caption: “[Ghassan and] Udai Abu Jamal, you are the pride of our nation.”

Mulcair (forth from left) and Kitmitto (third from right). Picture: screenshot from Meshwar


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commented 2015-07-26 17:48:52 -0400
Keep exposing Mulcair for what he is.
commented 2015-07-26 15:43:12 -0400
So let me get this straight, Mulcair sides with the latecomers to Palestine against the historical nation of Israel. He acknowledges Palestinians who took the land away from it’s inhabitants . Then at home he rushes to side with the first nations against the newcomers because the newcomers took the land away from it’s inhabitants. I hope someone nails him to the wall over this.
commented 2015-07-25 20:33:41 -0400
Typical socialist NDP. Too bad the CBC can not be counted on to inform the PEOPLE as to what a Socialist agenda is really all about in the long term.
commented 2015-07-25 05:41:49 -0400
Mulcair, distance yourself immediately! How could you stand still for a photo op with this man????
commented 2015-07-24 14:19:27 -0400
Sounds to me like the enemy within. Mulcair (and I include the Liberals), to me, they are against democracy and against our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It looks like history might repeat itself except instead of nazis it will be Islamic terrorists!
commented 2015-07-24 13:45:41 -0400
Tom is salivating at the thought of gaining control of Canada, for his Marxist plan to kill the economy in Canada, and force us peasants to bow down to his communist garbage. He is a disgusting dual French citizen boot licker!
commented 2015-07-24 13:25:54 -0400
I understand Tom is married to a Jewish woman, does he just chose to ignore these terrorist ties? Is it his act to just court extremist because he is use to it in his own party? Or is he a typical politician casting his net to secure any vote and then discards the unwanted post his victory?
commented 2015-07-24 09:41:17 -0400
Kiss freedom goodbye! 10yrs will see total collapse of free society thxs to non voters and third world slaves funded through public purse and encouraged through some corporate globalist.
commented 2015-07-23 23:12:36 -0400
That is disgusting. Commie Tommie makes me sick. Does Tommie not read, did he not read CSIS report on this group ties to Hamas. Does Tommie not understand that he is associating himself with terrorist. Disgusting.
commented 2015-07-23 23:03:47 -0400
It seems Tom and JT will do anything to get a vote, even sell their souls to the devil. Well you won’t get this one, ever!
commented 2015-07-23 20:34:44 -0400
Mulcair. You are a useless specimen of humanity, you deserve to be jailed as a traitor to your Country. It is obvious that you are prepared to do anything, just to gain votes. As a career Politician, with no ethics, you run around kissing Muslim Butt, in the hope that these crazy people will vote for you. The fact that they, the Muslims, have every intention of wiping out western civilization, means nothing to you. Any real Canadian, who votes for you, has to be mentally retarded. Do Canadians a favor, crawl back into the hole that you slithered out of.
commented 2015-07-23 20:22:25 -0400
I couldn’t decide who is sicker, Nazih Khatatba or Thomas Mulcair… Tom has taken efforts to hide the NDP’s history of antisemitism but Nazih keeps it right out in the open. Considering this, I finally decided that Tom is the sickest, but not by much.