Meshwar editor: Without Police, pro Israeli protesters would have been “massacred” in front of Palestine House

The demonstration and vigil, organized by the Jewish Defense League, for the three slain Israeli Yeshiva (Jewish religious school) students across the road from Palestine House on July 3, 2014 resulted in violence and physical injury to several participants.

Supporters of the Palestine House using wooden sticks attacked the Jewish and non Jewish protesters, injuring few, including one who was taken to hospital. Following Police investigation charges were laid against two of the pro Palestinian attackers.

Dr. Nazih Khatatba, editor of the Toronto-based Meshwar newspaper and a member of the Palestine House in Mississauga argued that situation was on verge of “massacre” had the Police not intervened in time with large forces.

The following are excerpts from the editorial (Issue 108, July 11 2014, page 6, translated from Arabic) penned by Dr. Nazih Khatatba, who is also a former senior official of the Palestinian Authority (1994-2002):

“The hostile position of the Conservative government and the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, towards the Palestinian people and its legitimate rights of resistance, are not new and likewise its absolute bias to the Israeli right wing, and the covering over the war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces and the settlers’ gangs.

“It [the Conservative government] gives the Jewish lobby [meaning The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – CIJA] a free hand to control the Canadian policy and to run it in a way that serves its interests and the interests of Israel.

“It [the Conservative government] even allows terrorist Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Defense League [JDL], to operate freely in Canada in contrast to most countries in the world, which regard it as a terrorist organization.

“This policy encouraged the members of the [Meir] Kahane gang to attack the head office of the Palestine House last Thursday [July 3, 2014] in Mississauga, and to terrorize the children and the Palestinian families, who were defending the head office.

“The members of this group brag that they are behind the [decision] of the Conservative government to defund the educational programs, which were held at the head office, because it [the Palestine House] carries out anti Israeli activities.

“Had the Police not intervened with very large forces, a massacre [مذبحة] would have occurred, as the Palestinians were very provoked, because of the slogans and the slurs uttered by the members of the gang, who arrived riding motorcycles and dressed with chauvinistic clothing and who refused to abide by the instructions of the Police to refrain from parking their motorcycles next to the Palestine House.”

 

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