Canada: Muslim Liberal candidate dropped for anti-Semitism blames Liberals, hits Islamophobia, demands reinstatement

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“Imam Hassan blames Liberals for not thoroughly vetting his anti-Semitic comments,” by David Menzies, Rebel Media, September 5, 2019:

Imam Hassan Guillet was recently turfed as a federal Liberal Party candidate in Montreal’s Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel riding after some old social media posts were flagged by B’nai Brith.

But at a press conference in which he lamented his fate, Guillet denied being anti-Semitic and he essentially blamed the Liberal Party for not vetting him thoroughly enough.

“Ousted Liberal candidate insists he is not anti-Semitic,” by Janice Arnold, Canadian Jewish News, September 4, 2019:

Imam Hassan Guillet, a former Liberal candidate who was ousted by his party after being accused of making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments, is speaking out against his removal.

On Aug. 30, B’nai Brith Canada put out a press release saying that Imam Guillet has a “history of radical and racist statements,” made as recently as January 2017, when it alleges that he, in since deleted social media posts, “celebrated the release of Raed Salah, a Hamas-aligned activist who has accused Jews of staging the 9/11 terror attacks and has claimed that Jews use children’s blood for baking ‘holy bread.’ ”

Imam Guillet, B’nai Brith discovered, hailed Salah as a “jihad-fighter” and “frontier-fighter” whom “Allah will surely support,” and congratulated Salah on being freed from “the prisons of occupied Palestine,” while praying that he would some day be successful in liberating “the whole of Palestine.”

B’nai Brith also found that, in a late 2017 interview with Radio-Canada International, Imam Guillet called Israel an apartheid state. He also accused Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, of directing his government to support an “Israel-first” agenda. He accused Kushner of dual loyalty because of his Jewish background and inaccurately described him as an “ultra-Orthodox” and “fundamentalist” Jew, according to B’nai Brith.

Within hours of B’nai Brith’s press release, the Liberal party annulled Imam Guillet’s candidacy for the Montreal riding of St-Léonard-St-Michel, a safe Liberal seat, which he had won in a contested nomination in May. The party said it had conducted a “thorough internal review process that has been ongoing for a few weeks” and had concluded that Imam Guillet’s “insensitive comments … are not aligned with the values of the Liberal Party of Canada.”

Imam Guillet initially apologized to Jewish people, if they found his words offensive, adding that he has “evolved” since he made them. He has since said he is “completely shocked” by his dismissal and insists that he is not anti-Semitic. On the contrary, he is portraying himself as someone who has worked toward bettering interfaith relations.

At a press conference on Sept. 4, Imam Guillet tried to explain his previous comments and called on the Liberal party to reinstate him. He also said he would consider running as an independent in the Oct. 21 election if he didn’t get the nomination….

Imam Guillet had earlier issued a statement saying, “I confirm that I am not anti-Semitic. On the contrary, I campaign and will always campaign against all forms of racism, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.”…