The annual Al-Quds rally in Toronto has been for years an occasion for the vilest anti-Semites to voice their opinions about the methods of destruction of Israel. They usually have been able to keep their talk out of the realm of the outright hate speech. Last year’s event crossed that line. In addition of openly waving the Hezbollah flag – symbol of a terrorist organization banned in Canada – one of the many hate speakers distinguished himself by asking that the Jews in Israel be shot.
In his vitriolic speech against Israel, Elias Hazineh said:
“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.”
And here is the complete speech:
That sounded like a clear-cut case of hate speech – complete with incitement to murder. The case was refereed to investigation and finally reached the desk of the Ontario Attorney General, who has to certify every prosecution under the hate speech provisions of the Criminal Code. Surprisingly, the call to kill Jews turned out to be an insufficient reason to charge Hazineh with hate speech.
Obviously, we have reached the point in Ontario where the vile anti-Semitism is under government protection.
B’nai Brith has issued a press release about the case:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO, January 31, 2014 — B’nai Brith Canada, the country’s senior Jewish human rights organization, has been informed that the Ontario Attorney General (AG) has not consented to the laying of hate crime charges against Mr. Elias Hazineh. Hazineh, who spoke at the Iranian-inspired Al-Quds Day rally at Queen’s Park to an adoring crowd, was caught on video issuing an ultimatum that Israeli Jews either leave Jerusalem or be shot.
“We are disappointed by the decision not to confront hatred on the streets of Toronto,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “It seems that we have sadly grown accustomed to hearing hateful rhetoric spewed at these pro-Iranian-regime, anti-Israel events. As we have noted, Al-Quds Day, a now annual event, is a route by which Canadians are being exposed to the radical and hateful ideologies of the late Ayatollah Khomeini and the banned terrorist group Hezbollah.
“Having met previously with the Federal Minister of Justice to discuss cross-Canada guidelines for the laying of hate crime charges, we now look forward to meeting with the Ontario AG to gain some insight into their decision-making process on this matter and discuss current provincial guidelines.”
For more information please contact: Sam Eskenasi, Communications Officer at (647) 780-8490 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional details and background information about the case, please see Blazingcatfur.