“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” That thought of Sir Winston Churchill kept coming to my mind during the last couple of weeks, after JDL-Canada announced its intention to expand into Montreal. The outpour of anger, outrage, slander, and blackmail showed once again how much certain people are afraid of the group (or just hate it).
Even Denis Coderre – the Mayor of Montreal himself – felt the necessity to tell them to get lost (with two exclamation marks), using Twitter, the favourite tool of the social justice warriors. His peculiar “hospitality” excludes Canadian citizens, who have the right to visit any city they want, and sounds as if it came straight from the anti-imperialist proclamations of the Mayor of Moscow in the times of Brezhnev, rather than as a position of an elected politician in the supposedly free Canada. I asked him in a reply tweet who authorized him to speak for the Jewish community and I am still waiting for a reply.
Maybe in the high echelons of the Quebec politics JDL-Canada is considered too insignificant to deserve respect, but is hated enough to generate a tweet. Indeed, the organization is poor – it doesn’t get fat sponsorships and its members are volunteers, who don’t enjoy generous expense accounts. They used their own cars for the trip to Montreal on February 16 and after the meeting ended late at night, they had to drive back to Toronto – all of them had to go to work or school the next day (we were back in Toronto at about 5 a.m.).
On the other hand, the organization which led the campaign against JDL-Canada’s presence in Montreal – CIJA (Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs) – is very well funded and its vague goals include (as Julius Suraski pointed out at the event) promotion of the rights of transgender persons and wider distribution of kosher chickens. Couple of years ago CIJA produced a promotional commercial for the Israeli tourism featuring a threesome – fortunately, no sex was shown; it was implied by showing the feet of two males and a female under a running shower. There were rumours that it cost over $70,000 to send the crew to Israel to shoot the commercial, which could’ve been made at any bathroom in the world. That kind of money could’ve kept JDL-Canada going for probably a year. Maybe CIJA had some hidden reasons for capturing the swingers’ market, but I have the feeling the swingers would prefer St. Maarten and Jamaica. In Israel, on their way to the well-deserved shower, they could be stabbed by a mad Hamas Arab, who hasn’t seen the interior of a bathroom for months (those who have taken a Jerusalem taxi on the Sabbath would know what I mean).
Having money doesn’t entitle an organization to speak for the whole community. Yet CIJA did exactly that – they claimed that the Jewish community in Montreal doesn’t want JDL-Canada in statements preceding the event.
About an hour before the meeting started, while we were having coffee at the restaurant, Meir Weinstein received a press release from CIJA:
“The Jewish community of Quebec categorically rejects the sensationalist tactics of the JDL and rejects its claim of ensuring the safety of Quebec Jews and their institutions,” said Rabbi Reuben Poupko, member of the board of CIJA-Quebec.
“The JDL is a small marginal group that does not receive any substantial support within our community. By claiming that the Jews of Quebec need a rapid response team to anti-Semitic threats, the JDL is irresponsibly contributing to the creation a climate of fear within the Jewish community.”
Maybe they thought they went too far because in the end of the document it seems they throw a bone to JDL-Canada:
“Finally, we reject the comparison being made between radical Islam and the JDL. The goal of those making the comparison is none other than to distract the attention of the public and of the authorities from the realities of radical Islam, the only religious fundamentalism currently constituting a security threat to all Quebecers. There is no doubt that the presence of the JDL is problematic, however it is worth noting that the JDL of Canada has never committed any criminal or violent act, nor has it been accused of inciting hatred.”
I admit that CIJA got me totally confused – they consider JDL to be an insignificant marginal organization with little support, also, they can’t be compared to the radical Islam and they have never committed any violent or criminal act. Then why the fuss? Shouldn’t the “community” just ignore a non-danger? That was the recommendation when the Israeli Apartheid Week and the BDS movement just started in Canada.
It is arrogant to speak in the name of every Jew in Montreal – everybody, who has met actual Jews, would notice immediately that they are some of the most opinionated people in the world. They often argue fiercely and I am not aware of any organization, which could speak for all of them. The clash of opinions is what drives our civilization forward – and the Jews have always been an integral part of the Western civilization.
The comparison between that brand of free thought and the stagnation imposed by Islam speaks for itself. Let’s take the Nobel Prizes as an example, especially in science (the prizes in literature are too subjective and the peace prizes are a joke, even the terrorist Arafat and Barack Obama have them). The Muslims won one prize in physics. In contrast, the Jews have won 27 prizes in chemistry and 41 in physics. Even the most devious Zionist plot can’t fake 68 major scientific discoveries. On the other hand, Naguib Mahfooz, the only Muslim winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, was stabbed by a fellow Muslim and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
So why should an organization, which will provide a different voice and perspective, be silenced? I think that the answer is fear. Not fear from a specific danger, but a fear to face reality. After we left the restaurant, while I was waiting in the conference hall for the event to begin, as usually I checked the news. The Drudge Report had a few gloomy news (I took a screenshot):
The leading news – beheading of over 20 Christians by ISIS in Libya (they’d rather behead Jews, but the latter were chased away or exterminated in the 1960’s). Video: Jew harassed on streets of Paris… Europe scrambles to assure the Jews that they are still safe… Netanyahu urging the Jews to get out of Europe… Hundreds of tombs defaced at cemetery… Lars Vilks hiding from his Muslim “art critics”… 30 Wisconsin homes spray painted with anti-Semitic slurs…
Right behind me was sitting Jack from the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, a fine Montreal educational institution, which is as mainstream as you can get. We chatted after the event about their upcoming conference about the scientific and technological achievements in Israel. Yet they keep their address confidential and when we visited about two years ago, it was hard to find them, because for security reasons there is no sign on their door. The “climate of fear,” which JDL-Canada is expected to bring to Montreal, according to Rabbi Poupko, is already there. Or maybe that’s considered normal in Mayor Coderre’s city?
We can get other clues from the CBC articles against JDL-Canada, which quoted the rabbi. CBC is not a JDL-Canada fan – a few years ago they called it a terrorist group, then had to apologize for the slander to avoid a lawsuit. As an opinion to support Rabbi Poupko’s indignation, they quoted in two articles Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, who is supposedly a moderate Muslim fearing the evil JDL. In the first one, which included the Mayor’s tweet, he said:
Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, has said he has serious concerns about the group.
An FBI report 15 years ago identified the organization as a “right-wing terrorist group.” Authorities arrested two of its members in 2001 after suspecting them of planning to blow up a mosque in California.
There are no links to violence for the League’s Canadian chapter.
The lying Samer tries to link JDL-Canada to the US group and they have no connections. He may know that since 2001 over 27,000 terrorist acts were committed in the name of Islam – how is that for comparison? He pulls the same trick in another article:
Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, said he has serious concerns about the JDL and cited an FBI report on terrorism in 2000 and 2001 which identified the organization as a “right-wing terrorist group.”
If the CBC journalists weren’t so lazy and biased, they would’ve quickly found out that Majzoub is linked to school financed by Muslim fanatics from Kuwait and his organization is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. You can find detailed information about him at Point de Bascule (via Sassywire), a Quebec website, which monitors Islamism:
In 2012, Point de Bascule dedicated a portion of a profile of the Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF) to its president Samer Majzoub. CMF is one of many organizations set up by the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in Canada. It is mostly active in Montreal. As GMBDW pointed out in the past: “One of the most ubiquitous tactics of the Global Muslim Brotherhood is the establishment of a dizzying number of organizations and initiatives which create the impression of broad based support when, in reality, the sponsors are the same individuals and groups whose leaders have not changed in many years.”
The day after the event, Montreal Gazette published another article citing Rabbi Poupko. Again, the journalists tried to link JDL-Canada to the US group. And again, a “concerned Muslim community leader” was quoted:
Salam Elmenyawi, a Muslim cleric and the head of the Muslim Council of Montreal, said the police need to make sure that the JDL doesn’t poison the relationship between Montreal’s Jewish and Muslim communities.
“We object to their presence in Montreal,” he said. “It’s not up to them to act like the police.” Elmenyawi said he was pleased to see that Jewish leaders had spoken out against the group.
It took very little digging to find out that Salam Elmenyawi is supporter of the introduction of sharia law in Canada. In 2005 Muslim fanatics organized a campaign to sneak sharia into Ontario and Quebec through Muslim “family courts.” Everybody familiar with that barbaric law knows how women are treated by it. It wasn’t surprising that Muslim women led the fight against it, especially the Quebec parliamentarian Fatima Houda-Pepin. When the National Assembly unanimously rejected sharia, according to the reports, Elmenyawi was furious and called her “non-Muslim,” accused her of “racism” and “ignorance.”
The Muslims haven’t given up on sharia in Canada – a few months ago Faisal Kutty (Assistant Professor of Law & Director of the International LL.M. Program, Valparaiso University and Adjunct Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall) published an article in Huffington Post defending the “law” and calling “racist and bigoted” those who want to ban it.
Well, if questionable characters like Samer Majzoub and Salam Elmenyawi are the mainstream media’s go-to guys for opinions about the Jewish affairs, can you imagine the level of the other “Muslim leaders”?
Outraged by the allegations in Montreal Gazette, Valerie Price (from Act for Canada) wrote them a letter, saying among other things:
Why does your article mention that JDL members have been involved in demonstrations that turned violent? Is there any suggestion that members of the JDL have ever initiated the violence? They cannot be blamed for opposing violent protests directed against Jews and Israel, as was the case, for example, with recent al-Quds demonstrations, at which participants shouted “Death to Jews.” Should they remain passive while calls are heard for the extermination of Jews and innocent members of their community are attacked?
The article’s decision to rely so extensively on the words of Rabbi Poupko is unfortunate as it may leave readers with the impression that all members of the Montreal Jewish community share his antipathy. His statement that defense of the Jewish people can lead to vigilantism is a shameful one for a rabbi, or for anyone, to make. Surely he realizes that there is a difference between robust defense and law-breaking?
Surely he understands that the massive rise in anti-Semitic incidents both in Canada and across the world requires the readiness of Jewish organizations to defend their people, not to remain passive? His mention of vigilantism and his dismissive statements about the JDL are particularly troubling in that they raise the old canard that Jews are responsible for the violence directed against them. Shame on you for giving him so much space to articulate this disgusting conception.
Something tells me that the letter is not going to be published. Truth is not a respected concept at the paper, which is visible when you read the comments to the cited article.
There were times when such opinions about Zionism as a root cause of terrorism and organized crime could be found on Stormfront and other obscure anti-Semitic sites. Now a person like Mr. Robert Csiki is a respected “top commenter” of the Gazette with impressive 251 followers. (Yes, I know that those are not the opinions of the Montreal Gazette, but the fact that the article brought them out speaks for itself.)
Does CIJA still think that things a fine and dandy in Montreal?
All that coverage is odd, because before the event Meir Weinstein, the National Director of JDL-Canada gave four interviews to the media. Radio Canada (the Quebec CBC), TVA, CTV and CBC Radio all sent reporters to interview him. He explained patiently what the purpose of his organization was and refuted the slanderous accusations. Yet, as I predicted, very little of that found its way into the next day’s publications and broadcasts.
The cameramen were more interested in the JDL shirts than anything else. Some wrote about the “heavy security” at the event, but that wasn’t something abnormal about a Jewish event. JDL-Canada handled the security perfectly without police presence.
Despite all the media reasons why they should not attend the JDL-Canada presentation, over 120 people showed up, the hall was almost full. The number becomes even more impressive when you consider the weather – the temperature outside was lower than -20°C. Another surprising thing – despite the wide publicity the event received on the anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli sites, no wackos showed up. At Rabble they promised to mobilize the kapos from Independent Jewish Voices – no success (if you think the word is too strong, I invite you to Toronto at a “Palestinian” event to see them in action).
There were definitely doubting and questioning people in the audience, but that only helped the presenters to make their points. I filmed most of the event and made two separate videos from the footage. The event was open to everybody and JDL-Canada explained their intentions openly; they had nothing to hide. The first video includes the complete speech of Meir Weinstein; the second one shows most of the questions and answers.
Julius Suraski started with an explanation about the goals of JDL-Canada and how their pro-active approach differs from other organizations. What brought him to them was the haunting past of his parents – both of them were survivors from Nazi camps in Poland. They came to Canada and got married. He showed their travel documents, which let them into the country, along with the yellow stars they were forced to wear in Poland to be identified as Jews.
His work in JDL-Canada began in the 1980’s when they had to confront Holocaust deniers like Ernst Zundel and militant neo-Nazi groups in Alberta. After Zundel was convicted and the neo-Nazis decimated (often with little help from the mainstream Jewish organizations) he thought his work was done. However, after seeing the rise of the Islamic anti-Semitism in the early 2000’s, which got very little attention in Toronto, he decided to restore the organization. Since then JDL-Canada has done a lot of work, but the Muslim anti-Semitism is growing and requires even more work. He gave examples about its impact in Quebec (and they didn’t even include the two Muslim guys I mentioned above).
The speech was followed by a questions and answers session. Despite CIJA’s directive that the Jews in Montreal have nothing to worry about and should ignore the JDL troublemakers, that turned into a very interesting dialogue, the most important highlights from which you can see in the video below.
People raised their concerns about the safety in Montreal, especially the safety of their children. A man, who decided to play “devil’s advocate”, asked about how Meir sees the accusations of JDL being violent. He replied by telling a story. During World War II a ship from Europe sailed to America – it carried 930 Jews escaping the Nazi terror. They had entry visas to Cuba, but when the ship reached that country, they were refused entry. The ship turned course toward the USA – after they were close, they established contact with the Jewish leaders. The latter managed to meet President F.D. Roosevelt, who gave them 20 minutes of his time, but refused to let the Jews in. The ship continued to Canada and again it was refused entry. They had no other choice, but to go back with all the catastrophic consequences. Years later, during the civil rights movement, Jewish leaders violated the discriminatory laws to support the struggle of the black people. Yet they never did that to save their own people. According to him, it is impossible to ignore anymore the weakness of the Jewish leadership, especially in the times of rampant anti-Semitism. The rest of the lively conversation is in the video.
Some of the readers may say that all those Jewish problems are irrelevant for the rest of us. Like it or not, that’s not true. If the militant Islam takes over our civilization, the fate of the Jews is clear, according to Hadith Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
The rest of us would have an extra option – we can survive, if we convert, but a life in a barbaric Muslim society will be too lousy to be worth living.
Maybe we will have a better chance to survive, if we stop listening to people who advise us to lie low and “build bridges” with fanatics and terrorists.
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