Sandra Solomon, an ex-Muslim of Palestinian descent, harshly criticized Prime Minister Trudeau and Canadian Muslim leaders for not condemning a sermon by Quebec Imam Sayed AlGhitaw during which he prayed for the annihilation of Jews.
During a prayer at Al Andalous Islamic Center in Montreal, AlGhitawi prayedi to Allah to “give victory to our brothers who engage in Jihad in Palestine”, to “destroy the accursed Jews” and to “make their children orphans and their women widows”.
In a video posted to Facebook, Solomon said: “This is an imam in Quebec who is openly preaching hate and genocide and destruction of Jewish people. I am Palestinian myself and I’ve been listening to this anti-Semitism since I was 5 years old. They taught me that I have to hate Jews, and we have to wipe them off. Anti-Semitism is rooted in the Koran and in the teachings of Mohammed, the founder of Islam.”
“The question is why so-called peaceful Muslims are not condemning this hateful act? Why the government and Trudeau are quiet about it? Why ICNA Canada (Islamic Circle of North America), Doctor Iqbal Al-Nadvi (Muslim Chaplain of the Canadian army and Canada’s top imam), are not talking about this hateful speech and yet when we criticize Islam, they call it Islamophobia? Freedom of speech is going to be always, always there. And we’re going to be always talking and nothing is going to stop us.”
“Where are you, Muslims, where are you, big Imams, where are you Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi, where are you Trudeau, not condemning this hateful act calling for genocide of the Jewish people on Canadian soil?”
“On top of that they want to pass Motion 103, the ‘Islamophobia’ motion. We need to stand for our freedom and for our country”, Sandra added.
Motion 103, tabled by MP Iqra Khalid, is scheduled for a vote in Parliament on February 16, 2017. The motion, which does not define Islamophobia, calls on the government to recognize the need to “quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear”, to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination” and “to request that the government undertake a study on how the government could develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada”.
Critics of the motion are concerned that the motion singles out Muslims for preferential protection while ignoring other religious minorities, and that criminalizing Islamophobia, without clearly defining what Islamophobia is, would, in effect, silence all legitimate criticism of political Islam, including political Islam and Sharia law, and would deal a blow to free speech in Canada.
A Muslim-Jewish interfaith group which says the motion is “antithetical to the Canadian values we cherish”, is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to vote against it. In a letter to Trudeau, Muslim Jewish Dialogue of Toronto wrote: “Like all religious groups, Muslims are already protected under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and criminal law. They do not need a separate law which is supported by groups that have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and in essence are trying to put in place a form of sharia blasphemy law”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org