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Ghada Sadaka. Photo: Facebook

Are Ghada Sadaka’s Facebook posts “Islamophobic”, “discriminatory”?

In recent months, Ghada Sadaka, a principal of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Public School in Markham, ON, has been the centre of controversy after she was accused by parents and Muslim community leaders of posting Islamophobic posts on Facebook.

In an open letter to Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s Minister of Education, Muslim community leaders, educators, activists and concerned citizens, wrote among other things:

We join the parents who are deeply concerned about the mental and physical wellbeing of their children,” the letter reads. “This is deeply troubling. This is especially disturbing when contextualized within the growing incidents of Islamophobia within society… all children, staff and teachers are entitled to a safe, inclusive & accepting school environment free from fear and hate.”

Hunter intervened in this case which was also investigated by York Region District School board (YRDSB). In a letter sent to YRDSB on November 22, 2016, Hunter wrote:

Regarding the investigation into allegations of Islamophobia, I understand your concern to respect the confidentiality of the particular investigation. At the same time, the board must reassure the community that there is a clear and thorough process that will be equitably applied to support and protect the safety of students and staff. As we know, when staff, students and parents feel unsafe, the conditions for learning are compromised.

I am requesting that you articulate what your process is for such investigations and how you ensure that processes are followed. The board can help to reassure all members of its community by clearly communicating all aspects of the policy, including how these determinations are made, the standards to which employees will be held accountable and the types of disciplinary measures and restorative practices available to redress unacceptable behaviour. The community has voiced particular concerns over the transparency of this process and seeks clarity of what are the acceptable standards of behaviour in these circumstances. What will you do to appropriately respond to this community and to the public?

It is clear from the letters I have received and the repeated calls for action, that some members of the community have a sense of systemic racism within the board. These feelings cannot be downplayed or ignored. The board has a responsibility to acknowledge and address them with demonstrated commitment and action. The relationship with the community is yours to maintain. What will you do to respond to the community? What is your plan to involve parents and community members to address these issues? How do you plan to work with and strengthen the work of the equity committee? How will you show that you are living your equity policy?”

Under the mounting pressure, Ghada Sadaka apologized for posting “discriminatory” posts, pledged to “improve” her “understanding of human rights issues” and social media use, and and took a leave until January 2017.

Are Sadaka’s posts “Islamophobic” or “discriminatory”?

Post no. 1

Ghada Sadaka accused of sharing “Islamophobic” CNN’s report (click HERE)

Post no. 2

Ghada Sadaka’s statement “the (peaceful) majority were irrelevant” portrayed as “Islamophobic” (click HERE)

Post no. 3

On November 14, 2015 Ghada Sadaka shares a link to The Rebel’s article “The Truth about Refugees” accompanied with the following text: “As Canadian we have to be compassionate but yet let’s be very vigilant. An interesting read about Syrian refugees, worth reading.”

Ezra Levant, the author of the article in question, asked the readers to sign a petition that read the following:

We call on the government to be responsible in any plans for refugees from the Middle East. Only legitimate refugees who have a well-founded fear of persecution should be accepted — not economic migrants. And the government must carefully screen out any jihadists or others who support violence.”

Levant based his argument on a poll taken in 2014 by the Arab Centre for Research and Public Policy Studies in Qatar that showed that 31% of Syrian migrants in refugee camps in the region do not want the Islamic State to be defeated.

In this regard Levant wrote the following:

It’s a serious problem: an opinion poll of 900 Syrian migrants shows that nearly a third of Syrian “refugees” support terrorist groups… They’re cheering for the terrorists.

So, out of 25,000 Syrian refugees Trudeau wants to bring in, 7,500 could be ISIS supporters. It gets worse. In that same survey, only 10% of Syrian migrants say radical Islam is a serious problem. But 41% say America or the Jews are.”

To read the findings of the poll conducted by Arab Centre for Research and Public Policy Studies in Qatar click HERE.

Post no. 4

On September 19, 2015 Ghada Sadaka shared with no further comment Jonathan Drew’s photo featuring women wearing bikini and burqa accompanied with the following text: “If bikinis are banned in Muslim countries, then burqas should be banned in Europe.” Jonathan Drew added: “Exactly!!!!!!”

Post no. 5

On January 14, 2015, Ghada Sadaka shared with no further comment a link to the Daily Mail’s article: “Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the ‘freedoms’ of living in the West to ‘pack your bags and f*** off’ on live TV.”

Post no. 6

Ghada Sadaka shared the following article “An Amazing Supermarket Incident In Canada…Muslim Woman Is Put Right In Her Place”.

The following is an excerpt from the article:

A Muslim woman dressed in a Burkha (a black gown & face mask) was standing with her shopping in a queue at the checkout. When it was her turn to be served, and as she reached the cashier, she made a loud remark about the Canadian Flag lapel pin which the female cashier was wearing on her blouse. The cashier reached up and touched the pin and said, ‘Yes, I always wear it proudly. My son serves abroad with the forces and I wear it for him. The Muslim woman then asked the cashier when she was going to stop bombing and killing her countrymen explaining that she was Iraqi.

At that point an elderly gentleman standing in the queue stepped forward and interrupted with a calm and gentle voice, and said to the Iraqi woman, ‘Excuse me, but hundreds of thousands of Canadian men and women, just like this lady’s son have fought and sacrificed their lives so that people just like YOU can stand here in Canada, which is MY country, and allow you to blatantly accuse an innocent check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen. It is my belief that if you were allowed to be as outspoken as that in Iraq, which you claim to be YOUR country, then we wouldn’t need to be fighting there today. However – now that you have learned how to speak out and criticize the Canadian people who have afforded you the protection of MY country, I will gladly pay the cost of a ticket to help you pay your way back to Iraq. When you get there, and if you manage to survive for being as outspoken as what you are here in Canada, then you should be able to help straighten out the mess which YOUR Iraqi countrymen have got you into in the first place, which appears to be the reason that you have come to MY country to avoid.’”

Post no. 7

On January 11, 2015, Ghada Sadaka shares a Le Monde’s YouTube video entitled “The poignant speech of the brother of Ahmed Merabet, a policeman killed during the attack on Charlie Hebdo.”

The following is Le Monde’s report on the video clip (originally in French):

“Malek Merabet, the brother of Ahmed Merabet, a policeman killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday (January 7th) in Paris, spoke on Saturday at a press conference. He said his brother was “very proud to call himself Ahmed Merabet, to represent the French police and to defend the values of the Republic” before calling to stop the “disorder”. “Stop […] starting wars, burning mosques or synagogues. You are attacking people. It will not bring back our dead and it will not appease families,” he added.

Ghada Sadaka added the following comment:

“A good start, but where is the voice of Muslims who are not extremists and of which they condemn these acts of terrorism. This is the time of vocalizing “where you stand”!!!”

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About Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.

255 comments

  1. The truth is called ‘Islamophobia’; like Popephobia, or christianphobia, or ghostphobia…….

  2. You did nothing wrong, so stand your ground!

  3. RECITING THE NEWS ON FACE BOOK IS ISLAMOPHOBIA

    School principal accused of sharing “Islamophobic” CNN’s report

    http://en.cijnews.com/?p=55244

    a shared a video entitled “Brigitte Gabriel gives FANTASTIC answer to Muslim woman

    http://en.cijnews.com/?p=56016

    The Truth About Refugees: Facts every Canadian needs to know
    Ezra Levant

    http://www.therebel.media/the_truth_about_refugees

  4. Nope…but the responses are Christianophobic

  5. Please forgive me if I didn’t pick up some essential information that more focused reading would have, but all I see here is a person sharing opinions that even some of the Muslims in the shared articles, in fact, shared with her. She commented very clearly that she wants our government to keep aiding Muslims in need but with the hope that our government stays justly vigilant in preventing dangerous people hiding amongst the enormous majority of good people from getting in. I am not being a hypocrite because earlier last century when my people were coming by the boat load a lot of mafiosos snuck in with them and had the government been more vigilant in those days….

  6. No, there is no such thing as “Islamophobia.” This is a word invented by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to silence legitimate criticism of Islam. This is more Islamic victim narrative.

  7. Older than Old stock canadians

    What if she is teaching a Refugee child? Can anyone of you guarantee that she wont treat that child differently? Or my child if she befriends a refugee child? shut up then!!

    • There has been no complaints about her in regards to her teaching or her treatment of her students. I’m pretty sure she has successfully taught many refugee children over the years so I would say that her performance has already shown and guarantees that she didn’t treat refugee children differently. If anything her concerns about the religious beliefs these children are raised in has her putting more time and effort into these children so that they learn to value things like equality and integrate more successfully into our open and accepting society. As a teacher and principal she probably would encourage friendships with your child as she would know that exposure to others will help them integrate more successfully. You don’t know anything about her or her students. You read some very benign post that show her concern about the radical aspects of Islam and have condemned her for it. Maybe you and your overly sensitive pc senses are the one that needs to shut up then. She has the right to respectfully state her opinion. She has not been rude or hateful in any of her posts.

  8. Firstly…there is no such thing as Islamophobia…that is a word made up by Muslims to instigate hatred against non Muslims that spread the truth about Islam….because the principal shared a post of a picture of a Muslim Protest March with a protester carrying a sign saying ….”Islam will dominate the world” is not putting fear of Muslims…the Muslim community is doing that themselves by participating in these hate inspired protests.

  9. Fecking whining hand wringing Libtards wankers

  10. She’s vilified because she spoke up.

  11. She is entitled to her opinion and I believe she is being treated unfairly by you do-gooders.

  12. Maybe it’s time for people to speak what’s on there mind. There is way to much political correct crap these days. Good for her.

  13. Pretty sure anyone could grab statements from Islamic sources that could be branded the same.

  14. What is that word ? Go for it Ms. Principal , all Canadians are with you!

  15. Peter Crolly…there is no way you can deny that obama is a Muslim.

  16. Muslim whitehouse leadership? You are tinfoil hat wearing idiot.

  17. stay strong don’t back down we need more people to take a stand for our rights and to the liberals

  18. Yeah I hate how the gubment is taking away the rights of civil servants to be racists! What kind of a democracy is this?? I support corporate right-wing media because it is obviously the truth (source: Ezra Levant)

  19. So what if they were…censorship and communism is the problem….better off dead than red

  20. I figure that the only way a person [infidel] could possibly know what offends [islamaphobia] a Muslim, would be to get daily updates and guidelinns from their local imam. Otherwise, how dowes one know what might, could or shoul orrend the sharia watchdogs?

  21. The CHARTER is supposed everyone from hate speech.
    Criticizing ANY religion shouldn’t be regarded as “hate speech”.
    Funny how Jews and Christians are always the tolerant ones……..

  22. It works both ways , she is also being discriminated against

  23. Unbelievable. .. is this what we’ve become… how did we become so thin skined that everything is so offensive. This is all I here about any more…. Muslims being offended. Iv listened to a lot of things that azra l avant has brought forth and to me he seems to hit a lot of things right on the nail. I guess that make me Islamophobic to.

  24. Truth hurts. Islamaphbia, what a joke.

  25. Who invented such terms, it seems to me they only apply to white, conservative christians, maybe that is another phobia that they’re missing out on.

  26. Stand up to them ! Full support Ghana ! Enough is Enough !

  27. “All Muslims may not be terrorists but all terrorists are Muslim.”

  28. If they are in a public school system then islam should not even be a topic in the school or school system. Public schools are to be free of all religions not just a select few!!!

  29. Islamophbia is a fallacy . Any and all religions and ideology can be and should be open to scrutiny and critique . This is the new liberal arsenal . Phobias , racism , bigotry etc.. misused , over used , weak and flaccid , like many liberals .

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