With the carnage branded freshly onto our memories and the blood not yet all washed away from this week's monstrous Paris terrorist attacks, you might imagine that a gathering in Canada to celebrate terrorists who committed similar atrocities would seem somewhat ill-timed.
Evidently, the University of Toronto Student Union's "Social Justice and Equity Commission" disagrees with that premise.
In what might be a fertile recruiting ground for al Qaeda, this Wednesday, November 18, at University College, a radical subset of students, along with U of Toronto extremists calling themselves, "Students Against Israeli Apartheid," are effectively having a solidarity with terrorists meeting.
Let's leave aside for the moment the warped lie of characterizing the only country in the middle east that has free speech, respects gay rights, and enshrines enfranchisement for all its citizens regardless of race, gender, or religion as "apartheid," though their libel is an insult to common sense.
Describing it as a "Solidarity with Palestine" meeting, the agenda does not outline any effort to arrive at discussing rational dialogue and means at finding secure, mutually-respecting Palestinian and Israeli states living in peaceful coexistence. They do, however, say: "A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid."
The current Palestinian "rising-up" to which these student fanatics refer is, on a one-by-one, day-by-day basis, every bit as horrific, bloodthirsty, and inhuman as the Paris attacks were en mass.
Egged on by their corrupt, racist leadership that depicts Jews as "apes and pigs," Palestinians have embarked on a new wave of brutal terror stabbing attacks against Israelis, making no distinction between civilian and soldier, child or adult, man or woman, young or old.
In case there's any confusion over whether some of the "Solidarity with Palestine" meeting's organizers are opposed to the lethal terrorism used by ISIS in Paris, on their "Israeli Apartheid Week- Toronto" facebook page, they make their sympathies abundantly clear.
On their Facebook page, they honor one Khalil al-Wazir, a.k.a. "Abu Jihad," as a martyr. The Toronto group's laudatory post calls al-Wazir a "hero, a founding and central member of the Palestinian Revolution, who planned many operations against the Occupation and whose leadership helped keep together the thread of Palestinian unity during his lifetime."
What were al Wazir's "operations" with which the University of Toronto's "Students Against Israeli Apartheid" and "Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid" are so enamored? Khalil al-Wazir masterminded the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, in which a civilian bus was hijacked and 38 innocent people, including 13 children, were slaughtered by Palestinian terrorists.
When we talk about the need to counter extremism and the need to de-radicalize vulnerable, impressionable youth, a lot of focus is placed on mosques and the Internet. But the other side of that equation is that most Canadian Muslims are peaceful and appalled by terrorism, and indeed the majority of terror plots in Canada have been foiled in part due to cooperation from upstanding Canadian Muslims.
However we also seem to be working at cross-purposes with our publicly funded universities, where there are factions that take an entirely different view of terror than that held by the rest of the civilized world.
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