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Quebec mosque says calls for death of Jews were taken out of their “real context”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, a non-partisan organization that serves as the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada, rejects Quebec mosque‘sclarification’ on calls to destroy Jews.

On Monday, February 13, 2017, CIJA condemned calls for the destruction of Jews by an imam officiating in Montreal’s Islamic Centre Al-Andalus.

In at least two sermons distributed on Youtube, Sayyid al-Ghitaoui called for Allah to “destroy the accursed Jews”, to “kill them one by one” and to “make their children orphans and their women widows”. For more information click HERE.

On February 15, 2017, the Al-Andalus Mosque distributed a “clarification” (click HERE) claiming that the calls for the death of all Jews were taken out of their “real context”. The statement also admits that the mosque was aware that these sermons were being distributed online and invokes the deadly terrorist attack last month against a Quebec City mosque to avoid taking responsibility.

In response, Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair of CIJA-Quebec issued the following statement:

It is deeply disturbing that the leadership of the Al-Andalus Islamic Centre failed to explicitly condemn repeated calls in its mosque for the destruction of Jews. Particularly unconscionable is the fact that the mosque, in full knowledge of the violent and hateful content of these sermons, allowed them to be distributed online until they were brought to the attention of the public and the police.

We are very concerned by the lack of leadership on the part of the mosque’s administrators, who not only tolerated but defended the imam who was openly calling for violence against Jews. If anything, the attack on the Quebec City mosque should serve as a reminder to all that there can be no ‘context’ in our democracy that legitimizes calls for violence against any identifiable group.

We cannot afford to ignore that radical Islamist ideologies vilify Jews as symbols of modernity and liberal democratic values, which they view as an existential threat. When radical Islamists target Jews for violence, they target our society as a whole.

To view the video of the sermon in the mosque, click HERE.

Statement by Montreal’s Islamic Centre Al-Andalus

COMMUNIQUÉ – Clarification de l’article rapporté par le journal ‘’CIJ NEWS’’ le 8 Février 2017

Le Centre Islamique Al-Andalous condamne vivement tout discours haineux et radical envers toutes communautés confondues. Depuis sa création en 2012, le Centre a toujours été reconnu au sein de la communauté pour son discours prônant le vivre ensemble et condamnant l’extrémisme, notamment par le biais de son Imam Sheikh Wael.

En Août 2014, l’Imam du Centre a dû s’absenter pour des semaines de vacances. L’administration a donc eu recours à des imams bénévoles pour combler ce vide. Les discours visualisé dans les deux vidéos, que le journal CIJ NEWS a rapportées le 8 Février 2017, remontent au mois d’Août 2014. Ils Coïncident avec l’offensive militaire israélienne sur la bande de Gaza (du 8 juillet 2014 au 26 Aout 2014).

Les associations des droits de la personne étaient dans l’optique de condamnation et de protestation face au massacre subit par les civils Palestiniens. Lorsque l’imam remplaçant a prêché les invocations à la fin du sermon, tel que vu dans les deux vidéos, les personnes présentes comprenaient que le discours était adressé aux militaires israéliens coupables d’exactions à l’égard de la population civile palestinienne.

L’administration du Centre a tout de suite rencontré l’imam remplaçant après la publication de la deuxième vidéo, le 16 Août 2014, sentant que certains propos pouvaient susciter de l’incompréhension mis hors de leur contexte, ou visualisés par des personnes n’ayant pas assisté à la prêche dans sa totalité. L’administration l’a sommé d’éclaircir son discours lors de ses interventions subséquentes, chose qui a été faite. Suite à la publication de l’article de CIJ NEWS, l’administration a demandé à la personne externe responsable de la chaine YouTube de retirer les vidéos faites durant cette période. Nous déplorons le choix du moment du déclenchement de cette polémique.

Nous nous interrogeons sur les motivations réelles derrière cette publication et sur le moment choisi, étant donné qu’il s’agit de vidéos datant de plusieurs années. Nous ne pouvons nous empêcher d’avoir l’impression qu’il s’agisse d’une tentative éhontée de relancer des polémiques visant la communauté musulmane, après le vent de solidarité et de communion récemment observés suite à l’attentat terroriste perpétré au Centre culturel islamique de Québec. Nous invitons les médias à faire preuve de vigilance quant à ce type d’informations véhiculées hors de leur contexte réel. Le Centre Islamique Al Andalous continuera à promouvoir un message positif d’ouverture, de tolérance et de vivre-ensemble. Nous demeurons à disposition pour toute question ou éclaircissement, le cas échéant. L’administration du Centre Islamique Al-Andalous

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16 comments

  1. This is the epitome of TAQIYYA – one of 4 ways muslims lie to advance i slam. Saying that something was taken out of context is one of the basics of Taqiyya.

  2. NO to bill M103 is of importance
    so that:
    WE continue to grow as a recognized * Peaceful Nation * throughout the world
    and ingnite that pure intent to continue to thrive within the Spirit of Peace
    that animates us all !
    and through * free choice * we also wish to be surrounded by those
    in affinity with the resonance of HumanKind Love not hatred ~~~
    We must understand and define – identify the roots of any hatred NOT
    on a superficial level but from its core energetic-dynamic foundation !
    Questioning fanatic rituals and their impact on individuals, groups of people
    of any belief-value systems – the repercussions on people that feel alienated
    by the extreme differences – especially when we look at what history has exposed
    and is in the continuing motions of pushing hard concepts that judge others as infidels, etc…
    NO + NO + NO to M103

    But that doesn’t mean we allow verbal and heated demonstrated intolerance ( hatred ) from extremist -pre- programmed for centuries to poison our communities and society as a whole –

  3. The storm is brewing, the wind is changing. The lion sleeps no more. Free speech is a right and will be a right long after the government TRIES to take it away.

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  4. Can be any OTHER context? Seriously?

  5. Kind of hard to take that out of context

  6. Yeah sure it was taken out of context you meant it exactly how it was said you want all Christians and Jews dead.

    NO TO BILL M103…………

    What about the little Canadians girls that are raped by Muslims. What about the little girls rights where are they? What are you going to do about those guys? Justin Trudeau and the liberals don’t want us to know about the pedophiles that he brought into Canada, you don’t want us to say a word about it, but you don’t want to do anything you help a Canadian citizen. You want to bring these Muslims into Canada then they should have to abide by the laws of Canada. But you do not want to hold them accountable, you want to hold all Canadians accountable for what they do. The government is causing division by their double standard that is how you’re going to have separation. These people immigrants have to learn the law of the land of the laws can’t be changed to apprise them, we all have to be treated as equals. No religion nobody is above another person or religion.

    If you care about all religion then why call it Islamicphobia why not us a different name. Or at less give a definition what Islamicphobia really means. You can’t because you know you are trying to take away Canadian charter of rights, for freedom of speech and that is all this is about. Most Canadians are against it, got the word it is Canadians, you Islam people are Canadianphobia just like you Canadians can make up words too. You want to come to Canada it’s up to you to change not Canada to change to suit you all. Other immigrants that came to Canada adapted to the Canadian law, they did not try changing it. You don’t want racism you don’t want people speaking against you, you guys putting in stupid that is what cause a separation and division by thinking you’re better than a Canadian.

  7. Sure it was taken out of context you meant exactly what you said death to all Christians and Jewish people. You don’t care about the Canadian citizen at all if you did you would learn to work with in the Canadian law and be Canadian.

    NO TO BILL M103…………
    What about the little Canadians girls that are raped by Muslims. What about the little girls rights where are they? What are you going to do about those guys? Justin Trudeau and the liberals don’t want us to know about the pedophiles that he brought into Canada, you don’t want us to say a word about it, but you don’t want to do anything you help a Canadian citizen. You want to bring these Muslims into Canada then they should have to abide by the laws of Canada. But you do not want to hold them accountable, you want to hold all Canadians accountable for what they do. The government is causing division by their double standard that is how you’re going to have separation. These people immigrants have to learn the law of the land of the laws can’t be changed to apprise them, we all have to be treated as equals. No religion nobody is above another person or religion.

  8. Its anti semitism and cops got no stones

  9. Back tracking why is this not investigated threats to kill people Oh I forgot justin and his muslim government condones everthing by these invaders, as long as it is a threat against a peace loving race,

  10. I’m sure it was said , but, they aren’t going to admit it.

  11. they are just ashamed of Islam

  12. I hope those responsible for this horrid reply are actually held responsible for their hateful comments. Saying the offending statement was taken out of context is no excuse. There need to be charges filed against the offending Imam.

  13. I do not understand:
    Some Imams say atrocities like persecuting Jews, and Infiels.
    The same hatred, the Promotion of eliminating or submit Jews, Christians, Infiels/Kafirs is written in the QU’RAN, the Muslim’s Book of Truth.
    Apparently, the QU’RAN is perfection and cannot be changed or modified.

    So, my question is: how come that each time an Imam/Mulah/Mulsim is preaching hatred and violence, it is always out context?????

    Also, why each time someone question Islam practices it is Islamophobia but Muslims never practice Judeophobia, Christianophobia, Infidelophobia & Kafirophobia?????

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