May 4 in Toronto followed the pattern of other rallies in Toronto. But, there was one major difference that meant a great deal from our perspective. Instead of the counter protesters being in front of us on University Ave, they were relegated to the other side of Armoury St. What did this mean for us? It meant that we were able to address the passersby on University. This was an amazing change, and one for which we are very thankful.
It was a good rally, there were pluses and minuses as there usually is. That is life. We were joined by several security groups. This boosted our numbers immensely, and for that we are grateful. But truth be told, it really is about the message, and the message got out on Saturday.
After the speech, we told the police we intended to march down University. Our objective was to ‘erase’ the hate displayed by the Al Quds march. It took a while for them to get organized, but eventually, we did set out. However, we didn’t get very far. The counter protesters surrounded us immediately. We could not move forward or backwards.
Two of our people walked around the counters and were separated from the rest of the group. As a result, one of our people was manhandled by the police and deposited neatly within a circle of counter protesters. Not once, but twice. This officer was told that they were with the Pegida side, but to no avail. To be fair, at that point there was a great amount of chaos, and the officer could have been just trying to keep order. We will give him the benefit of the doubt. The other supporter that was separated from the group was holding the Pegida banner. He was subsequently attacked by counter protesters who tried to steal the banner, and broke another sign he was holding. Ironically, the sign they broke said “stop the hate”. A police officer, seeing the melee, thought our supporter was an instigator and tackled him. Yes, tackled him. He flew five feet and landed on the sidewalk. Dazed and shaken, he survived, and was given attention by a paramedic. The officer was contrite, which was nice to see.
While trying to get back to the group, my phone was knocked out of my hands by a masked antifa, but what gave me a great deal of hope was that another masked counter protester retrieved my phone and gave it back to me. There is hope.
A big part of the rally was a series of signs that we displayed. These signs were quotes from Imams and Islamic organizations and books throughout the GTA and Canada. Several of our supporters refused to display these signs because they were so objectionable. And they are. That was our aim, to expose the antisemitism in the Islamic community. See some of the signs below.
Let me say this again. We rally to get the message out. What is our message? The hate that is prevalent coming out of the Islamic community. This rally was particularly focused on Antisemitism in Toronto within the Islamic community. No, we are not Jewish, but oppression is something we fight against, and this is a rising problem in Canada.
Because of the impasse and the refusal of the police to give us our democratic right to march down the street in peace, we as Pegida decided to concede to the counter’s pressure and we disbanded. The support group stayed for a while longer, but we are happy to report that there were no altercations. Our mandate is peaceful rallies, and this was maintained. We are thankful.
We were grateful for the support, we were grateful for the opportunity to speak, and we will continue to speak out in spite of great opposition. As per usual, we held a moment of silence for the victims of Islamic terror through the past month, followed by our national anthem. Below is the transcript of the speech followed by corresponding video, followed by some photos of the day.
Stay strong, stay united, stay peaceful and God keep our land glorious and free.
This past week, I watched the proceedings of Toronto city council dealing with hate supported rallies in Toronto. This forum was held at city hall. There were a variety of speakers and at the end of the meeting, two motions were presented, one by Mayor Tory, the other by councillor James Pasternak. From my perspective, these motions more or less followed the hate laws in place currently, with the addition that city would/could refuse a permit to those who they deemed unsuitable to rally on city property, as well as making them liable for city services. What was a glaring omission in my view was the lack of addressing the hate coming out of the Antifascist group in Toronto, the group in front of us this afternoon. This is a group that causes confrontation, violence and disruption of traffic. This is one of the groups that costs taxpayers an untold amount of money. City hall would do well to deal with this group.
Attention was paid at this meeting to the annual Al Quds day held in Toronto. This is an annual hate fest. The evidence is there. Several speakers spoke about this yesterday. Will Al Quds be held in Toronto next month? We hope that it will not happen. The Al Quds organizers have been put on notice that they could be liable for city service and permit fees, trespass orders and hate charges. The target of the Al Quds day is the Jewish community, in Israel as well as here in Canada.
May is Jewish heritage month in Canada. However, Antisemitism is a continuing and growing problem in the world today. This past week, we saw once again the virulent hatred for the Jewish community in San Diego, California where one woman was killed, and several others were injured. This attack was carried out by a young man whose motivation was a hatred for the Jewish community, blaming them for all the ills in the world.
Antisemitism has been an ongoing problem for much of history, culminating in the horrific holocaust orchestrated by the Nazi regime during the second world war.
What is the reason for this hate? There are many reasons. In the case of the holocaust, the Nazis tried to keep their own “race” free from abnormalities and illnesses and keep the Aryan race closed to other races they deemed inferior.
For others, specifically in the 20 and 21st century, the idea that the Jewish community ‘run the world’ is a common conspiracy theory, one that is perpetuated on the idea that a “disproportionate” amount of business, political and law success is attributed to the Jewish community. Apparently, Jews are not allowed to be too successful.
A main issue that we want to talk about today is the Israel/Palestine issue. This is a main bone of contention and a major reason for blatant antisemism in our community today. But where did this come from? Did it begin when Israel was legally declared a state in 1948? No. It’s roots run much deeper than that. In the case of Islam, it started when they, the Jews, or people of Scripture rejected the prophethood of Mohammad.
By the way, every day in the media we hear the cries of “Occupation!” used as justification for boycotts and violence against Jews and their businesses, and the world assumes this awful allegation of stolen land is true. But is it?
There can be no peace without truth, and the truth is that Jews are owners, not occupiers because they not only have a land deed from the Bible, but they also have a modern land title deed from the ORIGINAL two-state solution, the 1922 League of Nations Mandate For Palestine, in which the world recognized Jews, under international law, as the rightful owners of all land west of the Jordan River, including Judea, Samaria (what you might call the West Bank) and…Jerusalem.
Here is what the world said in the Preamble to the Jewish land deed: “Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country;”—this is the Preamble to League of Nations Mandate For Palestine, July 24, 1922
Do you understand what that means? That one sentence completely exposes the stolen land narrative as a lie. The Mandate For Palestine goes on to encourage Jews to immigrate to Israel and rebuild their home. Sadly, due to British treachery in refusing to honour its obligations under the Mandate, countless Jews died in the Holocaust because they were illegally prevented from escaping to their homeland. And now, shamefully, the world falsely accuses Israel of stealing its own land, and schemes to divide Jewish land yet again!
Jews are most definitely owners, NOT occupiers. We have a moral duty to help expose the occupation lie that underlies so much of today’s anti-Semitism. I encourage you to investigate the website “Israel Truth Week”, an invaluable site full of information on this subject.
But we are going to go back further with some quotes from the quran and hadith to show where the root of this problem lies.
The following quotes deal directly with the Jewish community and also with disbelievers in general.
Surah 5:51 “do not make friendship with Jews and Christians”
Surah 9:29 “fight the Christians and the Jews until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued”
Surah 5:60 “He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut.” Taghut denotes disbelief or Satan or Jinn.
Surah 7:166 “We said to them, “Be apes, despised.”
Surah 2:65 “And you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the sabbath, and We said to them, “Be apes, despised.”
Surah 4:160 “We disallow to them the good things which had been made lawful for them”
Surah 5:13 “you shall always discover treachery in them excepting a few of them”
Surah 5:33 “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned”
Surah 5:64 “Their hands shall be shackled and they shall be cursed for what they say.”
Hadith Sahih Bukhari 54:524 “A group of Israelites were lost. Nobody knows what they did. But I do not see them except that they were cursed and changed into rats”
This verse is reiterated by Sahih Muslim hadiths 7135 and 7136
Sahih Bukhari 4:52 “You will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.”
These are just a few Islamic verses that are disparaging and threatening towards Jews.
You may say, “but these are just verses, you are taking them out of context”.
Perhaps, but why is this same angst against the Jews still prevalent in the Islamic community today?
We find online teaching sources in Canada that echo the above verses. The Islamic Circle of North America Canada, on their website, have the book ‘The Gardens of the Righteous’ available. It is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith. It contains a total of 1905 hadith divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran and adds modern commentary to the verses from the Qur’an and hadith.
This book, which advocates the killing of Jews, is not something you would expect to be encouraged by a Canadian website. However, we find this book on the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada website. It is no wonder we continue to battle with Antisemitism in Canada, as we have seen by the shameful display in Toronto at the annual Al Quds Day
An example from this book :
“[Hadith] 1812. “Dajjal (the Antichrist) will be followed by seventy thousand Jews”
“[Hadith] 1819 “Dajjal is blind in the right eye which looks like a swollen grape.”
Modern commentary on this verse is as follows:
“Dajjal would be a descendant of the Jews, and he will be called Dajjal (antichrist) because of his mischief. “
Again, this book is readily available online in Canada.
A booklet about Islamic prayer available at the Dawah booth in Dundas square gives prayer examples that call for victory over a disbelieving people.
The Quran which I quoted from earlier is also available at this booth, and many other booths across Canada.
Palestine House in Mississauga describes itself as “an educational, social and cultural centre of the Palestinian-Canadian Community. In 2012, it lost all federal funding. The Conservative government at the time cited what it called a “pattern of support for extremism.”
Amin El-Maoued, public relations representative for Palestine House, led a July 2017 rally “laden with hate-filled and anti-Semitic slogans,” including chants of “Israel and Hitler are the same.” Mr El-Maoued has also been a guest speaker at the 2016 Al Quds rally here in Toronto.
Palestine House will host on May 14, 2019 an anti-Israel event organized by Canadian Defenders for Human Rights.
Canadian Defenders For Human Rights (CD4HR) is a Canadian pro Palestinian organization. Its Co-Managers are Aliya Hasan and Firas Al Najim.
On April 18, 2019 this organization posted a cartoon that portrayed the (Israeli Defence Forces) meat grinding Palestinian children.
In a previous post, a cartoon depicting an Israeli stabbing a Palestinian child was posted.
Aliya Hasan also shared a cartoon suggesting that Israel is behind the Islamic State with the added comment, ‘Zionism is terrorism, death to Zionism.’
Toronto activist Nadia Shoufani shared a photo on her facebook page in 2016, depicting a ‘palestinian’ mother throwing rocks with her children. She added the comment ‘she is planting the future generation of fighters’
Vancouver activist Hanna Kawas has stated “the people of the Jewish faith will suffer because of the Zionist collaboration with the American empire. This collaboration will lead to a backlash against not only the Zionists but also against the Jewish people.”
Montreal activist Jaoudat Najjar has stated “The Jews are the most cowardly people in the world.”
Arabic News sources in Canada have also shown their anti Semitic bent on several occasions.
The editor and managing director of the Windsor newspaper El Forqan has no trouble identifying with the designated terrorist group Hamas. This newspaper also published an article which included the phrase ‘The Hour will not begin until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims will kill them.’”
Editor in chief of Meshwar newspaper, Mississauga, defended an anti Israel propaganda project that was a lesson plan in a Mississauga high school, a project that the Peel district school board acknowledged as anti Semitic.
Imams in Canada regularly preach and pray against the Jewish community.
Vancouver Imam Tarek Ramadan has posted support for jihad against Israel.
On April 1, 2019, the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) issued a statement urging Imams to preach armed jihad against Israel to save Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Egyptian scholar and Imam Nash’at Ahmad was a guest speaker at mosques across Canada this past April. This Imam encourages jihad. Following is a quote from one of his sermons. “O Allah, destroy the Jews and whom they ally with… count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them.”
Toronto Masjid Imam Elkasrawy has prayed “O Allah, purify Al Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews” He also prayed for the slaying of non believers. This prayer has been prayed by several Imams in the GTA.
Many other Imams in Canada have also referred to the Jews as filth.
Alberta Imam Jamac Hareed recited the Al Fatiha in the Alberta Legislature in 2018. Al Fatiha is the first chapter of the Quran. This prayer is recited at least 17 times a day by observant Muslims. Verse seven speaks of those who have invoked Allah’s wrath. Many Islamic scholars, including Toronto police Chaplain Musleh Khan agree that this verse is referring to the Jews. Al Fatiha has also been recited in Toronto city hall on at least two occasions, as well as in Nathan Philips Square.
Kitchener Imam Shafiq Hudda says “we pray” for Zionists to be “in the dustbin of history”
There is recorded evidence of Imams in Canada referencing the Jews as pigs and apes.
Muslim citizens have been interviewed and freely say that the holocaust was an invention of the Jews. Small Muslim children on the streets of London have given us the middle finger for holding a Jewish flag.
At previous Al Quds Days here in Toronto, music has been played on the streets of Toronto calling for the stabbing and beheading of Jews.
Small children at this same march have chanted death to the Jews while drawing their fingers across their throats.
These are just a few examples. There are countless others. The enmity that is found within the Quran against the Jewish people continues to this day.
And it is not restricted to the Jews. All who disbelieve are subject to the same hate.
This is why we are here. This is why we get on the streets. This is why we petition our elected officials, why we try to communicate with Islamic leaders and organizations.
We will continue to warn and petition until the powers that be pay attention.
God give us a voice for the voiceless, a voice for the oppressed and God keep our land glorious and free.