July 13, 2015

Who was there and what they said at al Quds Day in Toronto

Jonathan D. HaleviRebel Blogger

Around two thousand people, predominantly Shia Muslims, answered the call of the Islamic Republic of Iran to commemorate the annual al-Quds Day on July 11, in the last week of the month of Ramadan, as an expression of unwavering commitment to liberate all Palestine from the “Zionist occupation.”

The participants in the pro Iranian rally in front of the American Consulate in Toronto held signs condemning Israel of committing “crimes” against the Palestinian people, flags of Palestine, Iran and Assad regime Syria and a picture of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They chanted: “(PM Steven) Harper you will see, Palestine will be free from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea,” “Zionism is racism,” “from Iraq to Palestine the occupation is a crime,” “viva viva Palestina, viva viva Intifada.”

Al-Quds Day rally started with reciting verses of the Quran. The first verse praised the Muslims martyrs who were killed in the course of jihad: “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision” (Surat ‘Āli `Imrān, 169). This Quranic verse is commonly used by the Iranian regime and all Islamic terrorist organizations for recruiting Muslims to suicide mission attacks by promising them eternal life in heaven as a reward for sacrificing their life for the cause of Islam.

Coincidentally, exactly at the time this specific verse was being recited, the pro Israeli demonstrators on the northern side of the street played a song of the late Israeli singer Ofra Haza “I’m Still Alive” at loud volume:  “I’m asking and praying. It’s good [for us] that the hope has not yet been lost… I’m still alive, alive, alive, the people of Israel are still alive.” Ironically, the message about the eternal life of the mujahideen who became “martyrs” got mixed together with the message of hope and survival of the Jewish people.

Karin Brothers of the United Church Canada was honoured to be the first speaker. She accused Israel of “atrocities” in Gaza and encouraged the audience by saying that Israel is losing the battle against the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Warning of the “unlimited powers” granted to CSIS by Bill C-51, Brothers urged Canadians not to vote for the Conservative Party in the upcoming elections, but to a party that intends to repeal the Bill.

Ken Stone, a long time activist with “Independent Jewish Voices,” (IJV) focused his speech on IJV’s public struggle aimed to prompt the CRA to revoke JNF-Canada’s charitable status. He called the participants in a recent fund-raising Negev Dinner in Hamilton, “social parasites” who are aiding a “racist” organization, which executes a policy of “ethnic cleansing” and “colonialism.” Israel was described by Stone as an illegitimate entity that has to be liberated entirely by the Palestinians the “indigenous” people of Palestine. In addition, he accused Israel of cooperating and supporting al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

Dr. Nazij Khatatba, a board member of the Palestine House in Mississauga, called upon Canadians not to give their vote to the Conservative Party because of its unconditional support of Israel and Bill C-51 which, according to Khataba, restricts the freedom of Canadians to criticize Israel or to call for embracing the BDS. He rejected any possible political solution to the conflict that will not include Jerusalem and emphasized the Palestinian commitment to implement the “right of return” of the Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their homes and land. His speech ended with chanting the following: “Free Palestine, down with Israel, down with Harper.” Fadlu Michael, the President of the Palestine House, and Monira Kitmitto, a former board member (till December 2014) of the Palestine House also attended the al-Quds Day rally.

Hassan Mujtahidi, a young Canadian Shiite Muslim, read, as he did last year, a poem aiming at Prime Minister Steven Harper, whom he called a “Zionist Puppet” because of his “criminal support of Zionism.” Mujtahidi said: “it is the beginning of the third Intifada… the clock is ticking, the time is coming. Zionism will crash and you [PM Harper] will have to decide: justice or genocide. Mr. Puppet, it is time to start making decisions… the Intifada in in the making.”

Ali Mallah, a former Vice President of the Canadian Arab Federation and a staunch supporter of Iran and Hezbollah, opened his speech chanting “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free.” Following the line of other speakers who harshly attacked PM Harper, Ali Mallah said: Harper “does not speak for us as Canadians. He does not represent all Canadians. The majority of Canadians are against Bill C-51, and also this government is a divisive government, is anti Muslim, anti unions, anti social justice groups, anti environmental groups. So, we are in a good company and they are with the bad company, with the occupiers and the killers.”

The Canadian Shiite cleric of Al-Mahdi Centre, Syed Asad Jafri, portrayed Zionism as the cause of all evils in the world. “We’re obsessed with ISIS, we’re obsessed with ISIL, we’re obsessed with Taliban, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, al-Nusra, al-Shabab so on and so forth. We consumed our energy towards the branches of the tree, while we don’t realize that every other branch is going down to the root, and the root of any act of injustice in this world is Zionism.”

“If you want to uproot the oppression in the world, leave ISIS alone, leave al-Qaida alone, leave a-Nusra alone, leave Boko Haram alone, follow the path to that institution, that ideology that breeds this group, that feeds this group, that plump this group up with all sort of military weapons and medical treatment. Conquer that point and everything else will begin to fall all by itself. We’re consuming branches. I ask you now to uproot the tree of Zionism today. Down with Zionism.”

Zafar Bangash, the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT), and president of the Islamic Society of York Region, called the activists of the Jewish Defence League (JDL) “criminals” and mercenaries,” who came to protest against al-Quds Day only because they were given free beer. Bangash called for overthrowing the Saudi regime and defeating PM Harper in October federal elections. “I want all of you to, please, come out and send these Zionist puppets back home. If Harper wants to go to live in Israel he can go there. He does not belong in Canada. He is a Zionist puppet… the Zionism is racism, the Zionist ideology is anti human, the Zionists are against humanity… their end is coming near.”

Once the official ceremony came to an end, the Shiite Muslim clerics accompanied by four Neture Karta rabbis, who came to express solidarity with the message of al-Quds Day, lead the crowd in its march towards Ontario Legislature building at Queen’s Park. While passing by the Pro Israel protesters offensive comments were traded. Beefed up Police forces separated between the two groups preventing any close physical friction that might spark a violent confrontation.

JDL activists arrived to the protests equipped with variety of signs demonstrating the Iranian role in terrorism and violation of human rights as well as flags of Canada, Israel, the City of Jerusalem and JDL. Mark Vandermaas, a civil rights activist and a founder of the Israel Truth Week, a one day conference meant to counter the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), stressed in his speech that the Jews are the indigenous people and the legal owners of Eretz Israel (Palestine).


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commented 2015-07-16 11:58:21 -0400
By the way HOW MANY CANADIAN FLAGS were there? Isn’t that show where their loyalties are? Any Slogan raised for Canada? Any Long Live Canada? Any Canadian anthem?
commented 2015-07-16 11:29:29 -0400
And yet they say Imams have no role in radicalizing! This moron is glaring example of brain washing prayer attendees into islamist political ideology leading to radicalization and terrorism. Arrest this guy and check for the money he is receiving from Iran
commented 2015-07-16 11:05:56 -0400
Regarding the organizers of this Al Quds event some commentators here are suggesting that they should be “kicked out, they don’t belong to Canada” I would say that it is naïve and impractical. They are Canadian citizens and doing that would be almost impossible in absence an offence which might entail deportation. Rather there is need to face the reality and face them politically and challenge their narrative. This is a fact that this rally is getting bigger with each passing year and more and more people are attracted to it and that it is the indication of how that Islamic supremacist narrative is burgeoning. Iranian government is openly calling for destruction of Israel and this Al Quds day is their brain child and organizers are open supporters of Iranian regime. We all know that word Zionism is used by these people euphemistically in order to sugar coat their anti-Semitism, anti-Israel or narrative of Jews having a homeland in Middle East. These anti-sematic bigots have large support from anti-west liberals fascists (not to be confused with LPC). These people need to be asked the following questions: 1. Why do you support an external cause so fervently that you become arch enemy of your compatriots who have difference of opinion on this issues? 2. Is the issue worth the price of creating deep, permanent unhealable fissures in Canadian society? 3. Do you love harmony in Canadian society or you prefer to go to any length in order to get freedom for Palestinians? 4. Why you support Palestinians? 5. If the answer is that since they are their Muslim brethren and sisters than ask question of why are you not even 1/10th enthusiastic about other Muslims who are in much worse situation due to Muslim extremists violence and who become victims every day of their atrocities? 6. Are Palestinian the only humans need your attention? 7. What about others? 8. If you are a Canadian do you care about your neighbors who might be a Jew or Christian and might be sympathetic to Israeli’s point of view in that Middle Eastern conflict—if not how you contemplate to live side by side in the same country? 9. Do you want them all expelled from Canada and sent to Israel? 10. If you can have international agenda and want to settle scores on Canadian soil for that international conflict so where are you taking the Canadian society? 11. Have you ever given any thought to that aspect? 12. How different is your world view from those of terrorists: your agenda sound exactly like that of those terrorists? And many more questions about their loyalty to Canada, its secularism, democracy, human rights, equality of genders, non-discrimination on religious basis etc. These people with their intransigence and anti-Semitism are pushing Canada and turning it into extremely fragmented society.
commented 2015-07-15 17:43:04 -0400
There are fundamental problems with Islam in modern democratic western society.

Islam does not permit democracy. Muslims have to live in a dictatorship called a caliphate.
Islam is intolerant of all other religions. Islam must dominate it must not be dominated by other religions.
This is not suitable for the pluralistic society that we have become.

There is no separation of church and state in Islam. This separation of church and state is vital to our society.
The penalty for leaving Islam is death. This violates freedom of religion that we cherish.

Slavery is acceptable in Islam. Every Muslim has the right to own slaves. This would undo the sacrifices made during the
American Civil War and elsewhere.

Only Sharia law is acceptable to Muslims. All of our man made laws from the Criminal Code of Canada to the
Highway Traffic Act would be out the window as well as all municipal bylaws.

Free and open discussion is impossible in Islam. Any criticism of Islam is seen as an attack on Islam. This limits
our ability to discuss and solve problems.

Women are not equal to men in Islam. A daughter inherits less than a son and the testimony of a woman is only worth
half that of a man.

Two witnesses (one of whom is also an accuser) and one judge (Justice of the Peace level) meeting in private can produce
a death sentence which can be carried out immediately. This is not our idea of justice.

Muslims do not believe that there are scientific laws. To them the universe is unknowable. That means that there will be
no more scientific or medical research, discoveries or development.

There is no sense of brotherhood with non Muslims. Muslims live separately from the unbelievers. They live in their own society but are only geographically present in ours. So much for multiculturalism. There is no penalty in Islam for killing a non-believer.

There is too much emphasis on death in Islam. There is no penalty in Islam for killing your children or grandchildren.
Too much of the rewards in the religion come after death. This discourages Muslims from putting energy into this

The Koran orders Muslims to attack non-Muslims and keep on attacking
until they are all dead or the slaves of Muslims as per the Verse of the Sword and other verses which abrogate the earlier more tolerant passages in the Koran. Muslims who do not follow these orders can be killed as hypocrites by more devout Muslims.

While many Muslims are fine people, we have to recognize that there are problems with their beliefs and our own.
commented 2015-07-15 12:06:45 -0400
i went to this last year, for interests sake… i didnt know that kkk meetings were allowed in this country..
commented 2015-07-14 17:09:30 -0400
John Smith – the terrorist attack on Parliament in October was to get at our PM Harper. It seems that the demons can’t stand a real man, leading a great nation like Canada. God bless PM Harper with another majority, so we can start ridding our nation of this trash.
commented 2015-07-14 11:14:39 -0400
These maggots are the spawn of flies on crap. They are more evil than anyone and if they ever cause civil disorder, I for one know who I will respond.
commented 2015-07-14 03:13:17 -0400
Disgusting… how can this be allowed in Canada? The bigots want all Israelis dead and then they call for our PM to move to Israel… in other words… they are calling for the death of our PM.
commented 2015-07-13 22:36:52 -0400
omar khadr’s mother is his daddy’s sister…
But hey…
It’s shariah-ly accepted!
commented 2015-07-13 22:21:52 -0400
“they” (muzies) DO NOT BELONG IN WESTERN SOCIETY!! (koran + muzies = stone-age hairy nazis)
Peaceful islam = IS AN OXYMORON… (just like all you progressives!)
1/ “they” (REMEMBER… muzies = stone-age hairy nazis) WILL DEMAND BY FORCE,

1/ Get ready for POSTED SLZ’s (shariah law zones)

a) no go zone’s for us “infidels”…
(heck, tps/opp/rcmp wouldn’t go near SLZ’s UNLESS OF COURSE THEY WERE CALLED IN BY A muzie… RED ALERT!!! ALL UNITS SWARM!!! SWARM!!! SWARM!!!
LOL… but fat chance of that… “they” have their own shariah laws!)

b) Nothing but halal foods,

c) no alcoholic anything.

d) “prey” to a PEDOPHILE 7 X’s a day (no wonder none of them work!!)

e) ETC

2/ Restricted BASIC personal human rights…









i) ETC

It is all only a matter of time and WE ALL KNOW IT…



islam is and always will be… the curse of the Earth!
commented 2015-07-13 20:53:41 -0400
And what, exactly is Al Quds, that the Muslims celebrate it annually? Why, it’s nothing more than Jerusalem, renamed. The Muslims can’t stand that Israel exists, so they have to rename its capital. So, they’re celebrating the capital of Israel? Anyone else find this rather ironic?
commented 2015-07-13 18:25:16 -0400
Fact, Israel sits on 0.5% of all the Middle East lands.
Fact, Islam, sits on and controls 99.5% of all the Middle East lands.
The 99.5%, together with far too many anti-Semites running around out there, daily curse those dirty Jews for having the nerve to live in their historical homeland, Israel.
Daily, it’s attack after attack, by militaries, slanderers, schemers, deniers, liars, you name it, and yet the tiny, and only Jewish State of Israel, survives and thrives.
Am Israel Chai
commented 2015-07-13 18:07:40 -0400
And now Stephan Harper is being called a “Zionist puppet” because of his “criminal support of Zionism”. Also, “this government is anti-muslim, anti social justice groups, anti environmental groups”. These claims can only come from the demented mind of a muslim extremist. This article is laced with quotes of anti Western, anti Canadian, sentiment. Just one more reason to send them back to their shit-hole countries. Unfortunately, they’re just not as smart as us. The irony is they think they’re smarter, and better than us…HAR HAR HAR!!!!
commented 2015-07-13 17:52:35 -0400
What bothers me the most, and is often parroted by those who think they know the whole story, are the use of words, greatly exaggerated to fool those that can’t think for themselves. I mean seriously, here are some examples of misused or exaggerated words or phrases: “unlimited powers” of CSIS by Bill C51; participants at a fund-raiser in Hamilton were called “social parasites”, “racist”, they execute a policy of “ethnic cleansing, and colonialism”. Only the weak minded would hang on to these words. Would someone please pass out English dictionaries to these uneducated, ignorant masses of human excrement. How many more times will we laugh behind the backs of those who incorrectly use the words ‘racist’ and ‘genocide’? Instead of being offended by someone who doesn’t know the meaning of these words, I’d rather laugh in their moronic faces!!!!
commented 2015-07-13 15:50:56 -0400
Two thousand of those stone chuckers out of their caves and no drones…….. Pity
commented 2015-07-13 15:13:08 -0400
Synopsis of what happened at the OK Corral…..a big mouthed lout went around to every saloon and whore house in Tombstone bragging up what he, his brothers, and his friends were going to do to the Earpps and their associates.

The Earpps and friends responded to the challange against the Clantons…… who their loud mouthed brother had picked a fight on their behalf …….and had bitten off far more than they could chew and far more than their stupid bragard brother boasted.

After the Clantons got their ass got kicked the loud mouth…who didn’t even show up prepared to fight and got his brothers killed … went crying to the law saying that the Earpps were bullies who over reacted….:-)