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Neturei Karta's booth at RIS. Photo: CIJnews

“Reviving the Islamic Spirit” hosted group calling for destruction of Israel

The 15th annual “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” convention was held at the Toronto Convention Centre from December 23 – 25, 2016.

According to its website, the convention “aims to promote stronger ties within North American society through reviving the Islamic tradition of education, tolerance and introspection across cultural lines through points of commonality and respect”.

In his traditional greeting to the Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commended the organizers of the annual event saying that Today, we come together as friends celebrating common values that unite us all, values like empathy, generosity, acceptance and respect. These are tenets of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, vital principles on which Canada is found.

In addition to numerous speakers, the convention’s “Grand Bazaar” featured 200 booths, one of which was taken by several Jewish rabbis from the extreme anti-Zionist, ultra-orthodox fringe sect of Neture Karta (literally “Guardians of the City”).

Neturei Karta vehemently oppose Israel and Zionism, support the Iranian regime, actively advocate for the dismantling of the Jewish State and claim that the Holocaust served as an excuse for the Zionists and their supporters to establish the State of Israel.

According to the Zionist Organization of America’s factsheet, in addition to supporting Iran, which is designated by the Canadian government as a state sponsor of global terrorism and which repeatedly calls for the annihilation of Israel, Neturei Karta – who are shunned by all streams of Judaism and are viewed as a cult on “the farthest fringes of Judaism” by the US-based Anti-Defamation League – also consider homosexuality and abortion as “sins” and claim that homosexuality causes incest and causes God to punish America.

Neturei Karta occasionally burn Israeli flags during anti-Israel rallies, and often take part in the anti-Israel Global March to Jerusalem.

In 2012, four members of Neturei Karta were arrested in Israel under suspicion of defacing the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem with hate and pro-Hitler graffiti.

In 2014, a 47 year-old Jerusalem resident who allegedly spied for Iran on behalf of Neturei Karta, was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison.

In 2014, Neturei Karta openly expressed their support for Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-orthodox anti-gay zealot who at that time was serving a 12 year sentence for attempted murder after going on a stabbing spree during the 2005 Jerusalem Pride Parade. Leaflets posted by Neturei Karta in a Jerusalem neighbourhood praised Schlissel for “defending the rulings of our sacred Torah and protesting against the first obscene parade in Jerusalem.” One month after being released from prison, Schlissel went on a second stabbing spree at Jerusalem’s Pride Parade, killing 16 year old Israeli teen Shira Banki and wounding six others, for which he was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years.

In 2006 Neturei Karta, who are a permanent fixture at the annual Iran-sponsored anti-Israel al-Quds Day rally in Toronto, shocked the global Jewish community when they met with former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran.

At the Reviving the Islamic Spirit in Toronto, members of Neturei Karta handed out flyers, one of which – penned by Rabbi Moshe Cohen – was titled “Jew and Arab Friendship in Historic Palestine”. Cohen, who refers to himself as a “Palestinian Jew whose family lived in Palestine for many generations”, claims that before 1949 Jews and Arabs “lived together in complete tranquility, with great respect for one another. There was no friction between Jews and Arabs as a result of the fact that they were of two different religions” and is adamant that Zionists do not represent the Jewish people”.

A quick online search revealed that in 1920, 1929, 1936 and 1938 – years before the founding of the modern State of Israel – Arabs conducted a series of horrific pogroms against Jews.

One of best-known massacres took place on August 23, 1929, when Arabs murdered 60 defenceless Jews, wounded a further 60, and ethnically cleansed the holy city of Hebron from the remaining Jews. Barely a week after the Hebron massacre, Arabs massacred 18 Jews, wounded 40 and burned and looted 200 homes in Safed (Tzfat), another Jewish holy city.

In a series of attacks from April 15 to July 17, 1936, Arabs murdered 39 Jews and burned down 30,000 trees planted by Jews in Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem and other towns.

On October 2, 1938, organized groups of Arab attackers massacred 21 Jews — including three women and 10 children between the ages of one and twelve — in the Old Jewish Quarter of Tiberias.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at ilana@canada-israel.org

30 comments

  1. Christianaphobia, Isrealiaphobia. Why is this promoted and tolerated by our government?

  2. so I am confused. this group called Naturei Karta seems to me to be muslims in disguise pretending to be jews .. what else are these people going to come up with. Canada should not allow this hate group to organize in Canada. every day I become more disillusioned at what our government is doing to our country. good people can’t get in but trash like this is allowed to demonstrate in our once peaceful country. we are becoming more like iran, Iraq and those horrible middle eastern countries. people need to organize and protest to led our leaders know we will not tolerate this kind of hate.

  3. I don’t hate Jews but I do hate Zionism and the misery it causes globally, the picture for this article is of a Jewish anti Zionist group, not an Islamic hate group

    • Right. You’re not against Jews, no no no, it’s just that they out of all peoples cannot have a country of their own in their historic homeland. The very presence of it somehow causes global misery. Got it.

      Meanwhile her neighbours, many of them among the most reprehensible states on the planet, actually do cause global misery. So kindly point us to your criticisms of them.

  4. Jews against Israel is about as stupid as Germans against Germany, don’t you think?

    Oh wait. Merkel is German? 😬🤔

  5. These guys need to use EXLAX by the bushel.

  6. I was always under the impression, that Toronto was a proud multicultural city.
    WTH!

  7. not everything in Israel is Israel….

  8. In his traditional greeting to the Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commended the organizers of the annual event –

    Typical pandering to Islamic terrorists by the current PM, J. Trudeau. It is extremely disturbing that he continually and repeatedly submits to Islam and deliberately ignores Christian Canadians. He is simply and obediently following orders given to him by his jihadist MP’s and CAIR Canada.

    http://tsecnetwork.ca/2015/10/11/civilization-jihad-the-niqab-and-the-liberal-party-of-canada/

  9. and we have known that the law [is] good, if any one may use it lawfully;
    1 Timothy:1:8

  10. is that not considered a hate crime

  11. Neturei Karta…sounds like these guys are suicidal.

  12. Bible says not all Jews are Jews …. Revelation 3:9..Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. Revelation 2:9..I know your affliction and your poverty–though you are rich ! And I am aware of the slander of those who falsely claim to be Jews, but are in fact a synagogue of Satan.

  13. Why are these Islamic HATE groups allowed to spew their venom at a meeting place like the Toronto convention centre. And what message does this send about the Toronto convention centre.

  14. Would that poster fall under a hate message

  15. But say may some one, Thou hast faith, and I have works, shew me thy faith out of thy works, and I will shew thee out of my works my faith:
    James:2:18

  16. Do we have to read about these disgusting ignorant, filthy people. Who do not know anything except crap

    They the ignorant Muslims have given nothing to this world except how to kill and beat up there woman.

    They torture and slaughter the people who don’t believe in their stupid religions crap.

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