On July 4, 2016, Windsor, London, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal endorsed the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) “Charter for Inclusive Communities to condemn all forms of Islamophobia”.
The move was initiated by NCCM following a claim that hate incidents and stereotyping of Canadian Muslims is growing in frequency and intensity.
In news conferences held across the country , NCCM was joined by dozens of community leaders, law enforcement officials, elected representatives from all levels of government and from all parties, “to denounce acts of Islamophobia and to vow to work together to build a more inclusive society”.
Two days before NCCM announced the signing of the “anti-Islamophobia charter”, the notorious annual pro-Iran Al-Quds Day rally was held in downtown Toronto.
Ali Mallah, former vice-president of the Canadian Arab Federation (which was de-funded by the previous Conservative Government because of a long track record of “expressing hateful, anti-Semitic views, and glorifying terrorists”), implicitly justified shooting attacks against Israelis, whom he equated to criminals who deserved to be shot because they took by force the homes of others.
“In the United States, if somebody makes a mistake and walks into somebody’s home, he will be shot, right? Here in Canada, if somebody attacks us we will attack and shoot them, alright? So why is it okay then to occupy Palestinian land and oppress Palestinian people?”, Mallah said.
Another influential Imam, Abbas Abedi, Founder and Director of Hidayat TV in UK who was the keynote speaker at the rally, accused Zionism of being is the “main source of all problems” emphasizing that the world is “full of oppression and full of injustice” because “some are supporting an illegal state, called Israel.” We went on the say that Zionism is the “mother” of terrorism, extremism, oppression across the world, the House of Saud [rulers of Saudi Arabia] and ISIS.
At the 2015 Al-Quds Day rally, influential Canadian Shiite cleric Syed Asad Jafri also portrayed Zionism as the cause of all evils in the world. “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.”
At the same rally, Zafar Bangash, the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought and President of the Islamic Society of York Region said: “Zionism is racism, the Zionist ideology is anti human, the Zionists are against humanity… their end is coming near.”
At the 2013 Al-Quds rally, Elias Hazineh, former President of the Toronto-based Palestine House (which was de-funded by the Conservative government for its “pattern of support for extremism”) was investigated for hate speech after he said the following:
“We have to give them [Israelis] an ultimatum. You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine and the people of Palestine…
“I want to remind you of how police works. When somebody tries to rob a bank the police get in, they don’t negotiate and we have been negotiating with them for 65 years.
“We say get out or you are dead. We give them two minutes and then we start shooting and that’s the only way they’ll understand.
“I’m reminding the verse from the Koran ‘And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war’ [verse dealing with the military preparation of Muslims to launch the jihad against the infidels]. That’s the only thing that they’ll understand.”
It should be noted that many non-Jews, including Christians and Muslims, self-identify as Zionists. For example, Christians United For Israel (CUFI), an American Christian Zionist organization which has a Canadian chapter and whose membership numbers approximately 3 million people, defines itself as “a national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel.”
A number of Muslim have also voiced support for Israel and Zionism, including Islamic thinker and reformer Dr. Tawfik Hamid , Director of the Cultural Institute of the Italian Islamic Community Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Pakistani-American scholar, journalist, author Tashbih Sayyed, Islamic Law Scholar at San Diego University Professor Khaleel Mohammed and Bangladeshi journalist and publisher Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.
The claim that Zionism is “anti-human” refers not only to Zionist Jews and Israelis, but also to Christians, Muslims and anyone who supports the right of Israel to exist.
B’nai Brith Canada called on the Canadian government to ban Al-Quds Day rallies in Canada. Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith said: “Al-Quds organizers in Toronto have called for Israelis to be shot. Authorities must take this threat seriously, before it happens in Canada. [Ali] Mallah’s latest outburst of hate speech proves that al-Quds organizers have not learned their lesson from the 2013 police investigation. Al-Quds Day must be shut down permanently in Canada, and B’nai Brith will be launching a campaign to end this display of hate speech and incitement.”