The Canadian Jewish community has called for a police investigation into local
pro- Palestinian activist Elias Hazineh over comments this past weekend calling
for the shooting of Israeli Jews.
Caught on video speaking at an Al-Quds
Day event in Toronto on Sunday, Hazineh told a crowd of approximately 400
attendees that the Jews “have to leave Jerusalem” and “Palestine” or face being
Comparing Israelis to bank robbers, the former president of the
cultural center Palestine House said that one does not negotiate with thieves
“and we have been negotiating with [the Israelis] 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.”
Several members of the extreme
anti-Zionist hasidic sect Neturei Karta were present during Hazineh’s remarks
and could be seen in a YouTube video of the event holding a sign asserting that
“Judaism rejects Zionism.”
The rally took place at a park near the
grounds of the Ontario capital building. Last week, the sergeant-at-arms of the
Legislature denied a permit to hold the rally on the grounds surrounding the
building for reasons of “public safety.”
“It is disgusting and outrageous
that a speaker at a rally in Canada would call for the murder of Jews in
Israel,” said Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the
advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations in Canada, a communal umbrella
Hazineh’s statement constituted a “hideously new low for
Al-Quds Day,” Fogel said.
In 2011, speakers at the annual event were
taped by the CIJA calling Israelis “racist,” “inhuman” and “barbarians” and
carrying flags of the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
which had offered newcomer settlement and language instruction services, lost
its government funding in 2012 due to what Jason Kenney, minister of
citizenship, called its “pattern of support for extremism.”
that the CIJA has contacted the Toronto Police Service “in order to determine
whether the statements made by the speaker constitute a violation of the
Criminal Code of Canada.”
Al-Quds Day, an annual event started by the
Islamic Republic of Iran following the 1979 revolution, is held on the last
Friday of Ramadan as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians and
frequently features calls for the end of the State of Israel.
Al-Quds rally near Sydney on Friday, protesters waved flags bearing the banner
“Delete Zionists,” the JWire news site reported. In Berlin on Saturday,
Islamists marched along the Kurfürstendamm shopping strip, calling for the
abolition of the Jewish state.
Supporters of Hezbollah and Iran blanketed
the area with Hezbollah flags and chants declaring “Zionists are
Benjamin Weinthal contributed to this report.