The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board announced on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, that it has suspended Nadia Shoufani, an elementary teacher based at St. Catherine of Sienna. The Board noted that “concerns raised by the community and public at large regarding Nadia’s professional conduct, have been referred to the Ontario College of Teachers for investigation and review.”
Nancy Marshall, Communications Officer for the school board, told B’nai Brith that the investigation into Shoufani’s conduct has been elevated to the Ontario College of Teachers, which will cooperate with the school board in this regard.
“We applaud the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board for taking decisive action by suspending Shoufani,” said Berl Nadler, Co-Chair of CIJA in the GTA. “We are appreciative that Mayor Crombie and other officials have been sensitive to our concerns and responsive in this serious matter. It is disturbing to think that someone who is entrusted with the responsibilities of a teacher would be among the leading voices at a toxic, antisemitic event like Al-Quds Day.”
“It is heartening to see the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board do the right thing,” said Amanda Hohmann, National Director of B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights. “There is no room for the glorification of terrorists and terrorism in Canadian classrooms.”
On July 2, 2016, Shoufani was a speaker at the Al-Quds Day protest held at Queens Park in Toronto. Al-Quds Day was established by Iran’s Islamic regime as a means of promoting the destruction of Israel through annual events held in cities worldwide. In her speech Shoufani called on attendees to “support the resistance in any form” and to “liberate Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea.”
B’nai Brith had previously contacted the Ontario College of Teachers, which explained that complaints against teachers can only be filed by students, parents or school boards, rather than members of the general public.
“We have already filed a complaint with the Ontario College of Teachers, and will be following up to urge the College to take meaningful action in this case,” added Joel Reitman, Co-Chair of CIJA in the GTA.
Toronto teacher calls a terrorist who killed a 4 year old Israeli girl a “hero”
Nadia Shoufani, a Toronto teacher, was one of the speakers at the annual pro Iranian Islamic Al-Quds Day Rally in Toronto which was held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in support of the call of Iranian regime to oppose Zionism and Israel’s right to exist.
A graduate of the American University of Beirut and a former employee at UNRWA, Shoufani is a teacher for Special Education, ESL, Literacy and Science at Dufferin-Peel District School Board. “Ms. Shoufani” ismentioned as a SERT/ESL teacher at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Mississauga. Nadia Shoufaniis also affiliated with the Palestine Solidarity Movement and Actions4Palestine and is a director at the Arab Canadian Cultural Association.
In her speech at AL-Quds Day rally, Shoufani expressed her support of the Palestinian struggle “in any form possible” to liberate “all Palestine”, meaning the destruction of the State of Israel. The following are excerpts from Shoufani’s speech accompanied with CIJnews comments:
Nadia Shoufani: “Yesterday [July 1, 2016] the Israeli occupation forces shot dead, executed a 27 year oldwoman, a pregnant woman, killing her. That means killing two, two people, the woman and her baby. Hercousin Mohammad 17 year old, was executed the day before.”
CIJnews: The Palestinian pregnant woman Sarah Tarairah who was shot dead while committing a stabbing attack in an attempt to kill an Israeli policeman. “Her [Sarah’s] cousin Mohammad” is Mohammad Tarairah who was killed by Israeli forces after her broke into a house and stabbed a 13-year-old American-Israeli girl to death while she was sleeping.
Nadia Shoufani: “I urge you not to be silent. I urge you to speak up, to resist this occupation and support the steadfastness of Palestinians. Support the resistance in any form that is possible. I urge you to support the BDS, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel…”
CIJnews: Since September 13, 2015 till July 3, 2016, the Palestinian al-Quds Intifada (“popular” struggle which includes terrorist attacks), also known as the Knife Intifada, claimed the life of 40 Israelis and 511 were injured in 155 stabbing attacks (including 76 attempted attacks), 96 shootings, 45 vehicular (ramming) attacks, one vehicle (bus) bombing and thousands incidents of firebombings and stone/rock throwing.
Nadia Shoufani: “Palestine will be liberated with your efforts. Glory to the martyrs. Victory, freedom to theprisoners and liberation for the Palestinians, all Palestinians From the river [Jordan River] to the sea [Mediterranean Sea] Palestine will be free.”
CIJnews: Who are the “Palestinian prisoners”? Most of the Palestinian prisoners were convicted of involvement in terrorist activities. This group includes among others suicide bombers captured alive, dispatchers of suicide bombers, mass murderers, leaders of terrorist organizations, terrorists who killed civilians and those who attempted or planned to kill civilians.
One of the so called “Palestinian political prisoners” is Abdullah al-Barghouthi (عبد الله البرغوثي), who was a leading commander of Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in the West Bank and was also one of the organization’s chief bomb makers (“engineer”).
Barghouthi was convicted of involvement in terror attacks that claimed many victims, including the suicide attacks in Café Moment and Sbarro in Jerusalem, the Sheffield Club in Rishon Lezion, and the bus 4 line in Tel Aviv. In total, Barghouti was responsible for the murder of 66 Israelis and the injury of some 500. In 2004 he was sentenced to 67 life sentences.
In his book “The Prince of Shadow” Abdullah al-Barghouthi tells the story of his life focusing on his role in masterminding the series of deadly terrorist attacks aimed at Israeli civilians.
The following are excerpts from his book (originally Arabic), that shed a light on the terrorist (“political”) nature of Barghouthi’s activities:
Blowing donkey’s head in live experiment of an explosive charge
“One day when I stayed at the warehouse I [went] to pray the morning prayer at the village’s mosque and on my way back I noticed a white donkey, which had no tail because one of the teens set its tail on fire few months before. After the [second] Intifada broke out [September 2000] one of the teens wrote on its two sides [of the body] the words ‘death to [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon’ and since that day the name of this donkey was Sharon’s donkey.
“An idea occurred to me and I went with it. I grabbed Sharon’s donkey and I went with the donkey to the warehouse, and from there I took one of the bobby-trapped cellular phones and rode on the donkey to a land lot owned by my father, which is located in a land in the outskirts of the village [most probably Beit Rima], which is planted with olive and almond trees, many many almond [trees].
“There I placed the [cellular] phone on the head of donkey ‘Sharon’ and I tied it tight. I dialed the [number of the] phone from another [cellular] phone and the line was automatically connected. After I moved away from the donkey Sharon, meaning Sharon’s donkey, I heard the sound of its breathing through the other [cellular] device which I had with me. I sent the command from my cellphone in order to blow other cellphone, and thus the head of the donkey Sharon was blown.
“That was the first live experiment I executed in Palestine, and thus Sharon became headless. In spite of the small size of the cellular phone the [explosive] material I planted inside it was very powerful, and even more powerful than necessary”.
Chronology of suicide bombing attack in a restaurant
“The [story of the] hero, the martyr of al-Qassam [Brigades] Izz a-Din al-Masri… I asked Iyman Halawa [commander of al-Qassam Brigades in the area of Nablus] to send me one of the people who want to blow themselves…
“After long thought the cell of Muhammad Daghlas was chosen to carry out the operation. The main reason was that Muhammad Daghlas had a very important thing and this was the sister, the jihad fighter Ahlam al-Tamimi… I knew that she was chosen based on the highest specifications in terms of full discretion, high sense of security and true belief in the path of Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades…
“In the next morning, without knowing that it was the day in which the suicide bomber Izz a-Din al-Masri was about to arrive from Nablus to Ramallah, Bilal [al-Barghouuthi] came early to a mosque in order to pray there and to wait to a person who would escort him in carrying out the operation.
“After I gave Bilal the code word and the word for identifying each other he went and brought Izz a-Din al-Masri… [to] one of the apartments that I had rented…
“Bilal returned to my apartment and told me what he did. I said to him: ‘well done’ and asked him to go to a shop for musical instruments to buy for me a guitar… with a case made of leather…
“Bilal returned and placed the guitar on the table and said: “who do you intend to give this guitar to? Is there an operation other than the operation of the suicide bomber Izz a-Din al-Masri?’ I said to him: ‘I won’t start today [carrying out any operation] but the operation of Izz a-Din al-Masri.’ He replied: ‘Where is the explosive belt?’ I said: ‘The time of the explosive belts is over and now it is the time of the explosive melodies.’
“After that, I asked him to instruct Muhammad Daghlas to call Ahlam al-Tamimi to arrive in the City of Ramallah…
“The previous night… I started preparing and bobby-trapping the guitar and that took all night and when I finished I laid my head down on the pillow to sleep… I woke up to the sound of a knocking on the door and I was told that Ahlam arrived in Ramallah…
“I gave Bilal the guitar and he went to the place where Muhammad Daghlas and the suicide bomber Izz a-Din al-Masri stayed…
“I sent a message to Bilal al-Barghouthi to dispatch the suicide bomber, Izz a-Din al-Masri, with Muhammad Daghlas in order to bring him to the sister Ahlam al-Tamimi. After that, when the dawn came, less than an hour and half since the go-ahead, Ahalm Tamimi greeted the suicide bomber and brought him to Jerusalem after she crossed the checkpoints without being checked or having any trouble as she had journalistic document that made it easier for her to travel between cities, and as she was a young lady and did not attracted attention [as a potential suspect]…
“The martyr Izz a-Din al-Masri arrived at… Sbarro restaurant [in Jerusalem]. He crossed the street heading to the restaurant carrying the guitar… I was the one who decided that the guitar would be the device [used by the suicide bomber] and not the explosive belt, as across the street in which Sbarro restaurant was located there were a music school and a store of musical instruments. Some of the students of this school would walk in the street carrying their musical instruments and some of them would enter [Sbarro restaurant] to eat pizza carrying their musical instrument without being checked by the security guard, who was standing at the entrance of the restaurant. Thus Izz a-Din [al-Masri] arrived [at Sbarro restaurant] without an impediment of any kind. His appearance was very ordinary in terms of clothing, which I chose for him…
“The suicide bomber Izz a-Din blew himself up and climbed to the sky… he managed to kill 15 Zionists and to injure 156, most of them suffered permanent impairments and disabilities… [I wish you Izz a-Din al-Masri] the gardens of eternity and Allah will take care of you…”
Nadia Shoufani‘s postings on Facebook (mostly in Arabic)
February 12, 2016 – “Please join us in activities supporting the [Palestinian] intifada… Humiliate them. They all worth [not more than] the shoe of every fighter and every martyr.”
December 22, 2015 – The “martyrdom” of Samir Kuntar is a “testament for heroism”, wrote Shoufani. She added: “Blessed be Samir for his martyrdom with dignity and pride.”
December 21, 2015 – “Samir Kuntar is one of the heroes of my land. He sacrificed himself for the struggle/ resistance and Palestine… Samir, O Fierce fighter… You have the glory and the pride of the martyrdom!”
CIJnews: Who was Samir Kuntar? At the age of 16, Samir Kuntar, then a member of the Palestine Liberation Front, infiltrated with three other fellow terrorists into Israel, participated in the killing of an Israeli policeman and attempted kidnapping of an Israeli family in Nahariya that resulted in the deaths of four Israelis. During this attack Kuntar murdered an Israeli civilian and smashed the head of his 4 year-old daughter on beach rocks and crushed her skull with the butt of his rifle.
After being released in 2008 from the Israeli jail as part of Israel–Hezbollah prisoner swap, Kuntar joined the ranks the Lebanese terrorist Shiite Hezbollah organization and worked for building up Hezbollah’s terrorist infrastructure against Israel in the Golan Heights. On December 19, 2015, Kuntar was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the outskirts of Damascus, Syria.
November 8, 2015 – “I support the struggle/ resistance in all forms”
October 28, 2015 – “Heroic intifada”
July 31, 2015 – “Your arms represent me. They and the stones of Palestine are holy!”
July 3, 2015 – (originally in English) “This is Jerusalem! These are the Zionists … these are the occupiers … these are the criminals who stole our land and keep on attacking and assaulting our people, owners of this land, on a daily basis! This old man is the owner of this land … is my father … is my brother … is my comrade … is my rock and my pride … is the symbol of resistance!”
May 18, 2015 – “I will never recognize but the Palestine with all its grains of soil from the river [of Jordan] to the sea [Mediterranean Sea]!”
April 18, 2015 – (originally in English) “Toronto Rally yesterday in support of Palestinian Political Prisoners. Despite the Zionists counter presence on the other side of the street and the police racism, our flags were up high and our voices were heard loud and clear demanding freedom of all Palestinian prisoners.”
September 23, 2014 – “Marwan and Omar, the martyrs of the dawn, the heroes, the fighters in Hebron.”
CIJnews: Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Aisah were operatives of the terrorist group Hamas who kidnapped at the bus/hitchhiking stop three Israeli teens (Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaer, 16, and Eyal Yifrah,19) and murdered them.
May 13, 2014 – “O my people, you have a rifle… O my people, You have Allah and a rifle, or, sorry, perhaps more correctly to say that you have only a rifle, only a rifle, only a rifle. O my people fight/ resist. Whatever was taken by force will never be restored but by force!”
February 28, 2014 – “New groom is get married to Palestine!… Blessed be you, Mu’taz [Washaha] You have written the finest verses of love, heroism and loyalty to Palestine… Blessed are Abu Ali [Mustafa, leader of Palestinian terrorist group the Palestinian for the Liberation of Palestine – PFLP], al-Hakeem [nickname of George Habash, founder and leader of PFLP], Ghassan [Kanafani, senior operative of PFLP], Wadie [Haddad, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s armed wing], and Abu Ghassan [nickname of Ahmad Sa’adat, the current leader of PFLP], blessed be us and Palestine because of you and your rifle!”
CIJnews: Mu’taz Washaha was an operative of the Palestinian terrorist group PFLP who was killed in a shootout with Israeli forces on February 27, 2014.
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