A Canadian peace activist and a known social media figure Ahmed Shahwan was attacked twice in Toronto last week, reports JerusalemOnline.
In her article, Rachel Avraham reports that last week, Shahwan, a Torontonian of a Jordanian-Palestinian descent, uploaded two videos of the attacks on his YouTube Channels. The first showing two men with a Jordanian accent chasing him in Toronto, with one of the men physically pushing him and explicitly insulting him verbally.
The other video shows a man attacking him in downtown Toronto, actually hitting Shahwan in the face before chasing him down, pledging to kill him and rape his female relatives. The man was, reportedly, speaking in a thick Southern Bedouin Jordanian accent.
Ahmed Shahwan is a popular Jordanian-Canadian musician based in Toronto and a firm opponent of King Abdullah. On October 8 and 10, 2015 he posted two videos on his Facebook page, which went viral and in a span of less than 24 hours were viewed over 40,000 times.
In the October 8 video, Ahmed shamed the Canadian Jewish advocacy organization CIJA for meeting with King Abdullah and said: “Do you realize that this man (King Abdullah) supports the Muslim Brotherhood openly? Do you realize that Jews protested officially in the last two months that the Jordanian press supports killing Jewish people? Do you realize that this man tell his own people to hate Israel and Jews? Do you realize that the Palestinians don’t have a country because this man rules their country? Do you realize that Kind Abdullah obviously tells his own people to hate Israel and Jewish People? Then why do you deal with this man? Do you realize that King Abdullah is an enemy of the Jewish people and Israel?…”
In the October 10, 2015 video, which was filmed in downtown Toronto, Ahmed sent an open message to Palestinians by pleading with them to stop murdering Jews and called for peace with Israel.
According to Rachel Avraham, the attacks came after a month-long wave of threats Shahwan has been receiving publicly, with more than a dozen of Jordan’s king loyalists making videos in which they openly pledge to kill him for “insulting His Majesty the king” and “speaking out against the Palestinian Intifada.
In recent months, the number of attacks on those people who choose to publicly express and demonstrate their religious or political affiliations grew in Toronto. Another man was attacked in last September by three Muslim men outside the Sports Lounge Bar at Kennedy Road and St. Clair for wearing “Infidel” patch on his jacket.
Talking to CIJnews a month later, the victim was convinced that it was a premeditated targeted attack, as he never saw these three men, they were not patrons of the bar and their motive was directly connected to his “Infidel” patch which was deemed by them as offensive.
Both of these attacks were not reported by any Canadian media outlets and went largely unnoticed. However, incidents of “hate” crimes against the Muslim Community in Canada always receive wide exposure and even attention from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Most recently, Trudeau condemned the arson at Kawartha Muslim Religious Association’s a-Salaam mosque in Peterborough on November 14, 2015 and stated: “To the families who attend the mosque for prayer every week, the Government of Canada and our law enforcement agencies will protect your rights and make every effort to apprehend any perpetrator. I hope your mosque will be open for prayer again very soon.”