Please help: The Rebel, and me personally are being sued by an anti-Israel extremist group. And the lawyer they’re using just happens to also be suing the government on behalf of an illegal Muslim terrorist group.
And he’s campaigning for Canada's M-103 Islamophobia censorship motion, too.
That’s who’s coming for us.
I believe they want to kill The Rebel, and silence our criticism of radical Islam. They’re suing us for more than $100,000. Plus their lawyers fees. We’ve already racked up tens of thousands for our own lawyers.
I need your help if we’re going to survive this.
The plaintiff is an extremist group with the ironic name, “Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East”. They promote the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” campaign against Jewish companies in Israel. Last year, I criticized them for a stunt where they go into stores, and when no staff are watching, they put bright orange “WARNING” labels on products made by Jews in the West Bank, warning customers not to buy them. It's sneaky, and I think it could be trespassing or criminal mischief too.
So we did a TV show about it, and we interviewed a lawyer about what they were doing. I said it was anti-Semitic to boycott Jewish products from Israel but not to boycott tyrannical regimes like China, or Iran, or Syria.
So they threatened to sue us. We told them it’s our point of view; we invited them on our show to debate it. They refused to debate. And I should have known they would — given their lawyer: Yavar Hameed.
Hameed is a member of the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association. In October, he testified before Parliament in support of M-103 — the Islamophobia censorship motion that calls for a “whole of government” approach to “eliminate” Islamophobia — without defining that word. Our TV show on his client’s anti-Israel misconduct could be the kind of thing banned under M-103.
But that’s the least of what Hameed does.
He is also the lawyer for IRFAN Canada, a terrorist group. He’s suing the federal government to get that group taken off the list of banned terrorist organizations. Are you sensing a pattern here?
Three years ago, IRFAN was raided by the Canadian government, who accused them of giving $14 million to Hamas terrorists. Hameed is still advocating for them. He hasn’t succeeded yet — even the Liberals say IRFAN is a terrorist group, just like ISIS.
Now Hameed is coming for us, on behalf of the Israel boycotters.
Will you help us? We’ve been dealing with this quietly for a year — first, we offered his clients an opportunity to reply or debate us. They rejected that, they prefer to sue.
CJPME have every right to sue us and they might even win. We’re not perfect nor are we always right. But we always have a right to defend ourselves vigorously and we might even win.
It's vital that serious issues like BDS should be exposed through public debate and discussion and not kept in some private fight that no-one else really sees. Everything we do at The Rebel is public and intended to inform. It is for that reason that we feel the need to make even this particular fight into the public realm.
This lawsuit isn't just about us. It’s a warning to any Canadian who dares to speak freely about radical Islam, even on your own Facebook page. It's designed to instill a sense of fear into the national discussion, to create a "libel chill".
This has already cost us tens of thousands of dollars.
Can you please help us level the playing field?
Can you help fill up our legal war-chest, so we can keep standing on guard for our western values of freedom of speech, and the separation of mosque and state — and the right to call out Islamic extremism? If you can help with our legal bills, I promise we'll keep fighting.
You can also contribute by cheque to support this effort. Please make it payable to "The Rebel" and put "Stand With The Rebel" in the memo section.
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