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Jaffari Village in Vaughan, Ontario. Photo: CIJnews

Jews form a human chain around an Islamic Community Centre in Vaughan, Ontario

More than 100 people formed a “ring of peace” outside of the Jaffari Community Centre in Vaughan, Ontario on March 3 while the congregants attended Friday prayers inside the mosque. The human chain commemorated the January 29 killing by Alexandre Bissonnette of 6 Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec City.

The event was a collaborative effort of Neshamah Congregation of York Region, Jaffari Center and Mosaic Interfaith.

Shabbir Jaffer of the Jaffari Centre said the “ring of peace” was inspired by an event in Oslo, Norway in February 2015, when a group of Muslims formed a ring around the city’s main synagogue to express support after a series of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe.

The Oslo “ring of peace” came in response to a shooting of a Jewish security guard at a Copenhagen synagogue by Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born Palestinian who swore allegiance to the Islamic State. The organizer of the Oslo event subsequently came under fire because he was later found to have made anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks, blamed the Jews for 9/11 and admitted that he “dislikes” Israelis.

This is the second time in less than a month that Canadian Jews formed a human chain in solidarity with Muslims. On February 4, 2017, members of Holy Blossom Temple, a reform synagogue and the oldest congregation in Toronto, who participated in a Ramadan ceremony at the Jaffari Centre in 2014, formed a symbolic ring of protection around the Imdadul Islamic Centre in North York while Muslim worshippers attended the weekly prayer service.

While standing guard around the Imdadul Centre, Michael Levitt, a Liberal Member of Parliament, inadvertently posed with a man who turned out to be in the process of being deported from Canada for being a former member of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terrorist organization. “I was not aware of who he was or what his background was”, Levitt said at that time. “That’s obviously not something I condone in any way shape or form”.

In 2012, the Jaffari Centre’s umbrella organization, ISIJ, was investigated by York Regional Police regarding anti-Semitic teaching materials distributed at the East End Madrassa, which referred to Jews as “crafty” and “treacherous,” and contrasted Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis.” No charges were laid in this case.

That same year, bus shuttles from the Centre carried people to the Iran-backed annual al-Quds rally, which the late writer George Jonas called “a soapbox for an anti-Semitic hatefest” and during which one of the speakers accused the “Zionist lobby” of taking over the media.

In 2013 the Jaffari Centre hosted Syed Asad Jafri who portrayed Zionism as the “cause of all evils in the world” and called for the uprooting of the “tree of Zionism today”.

Islamic Shia Study Centre, “Centre Madrasah”, located at 9000 Bathurst Street in Vaughan, Ontario, is a private school serving the Shiite Muslim community of Toronto, Thornhill and northern GTA. Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto defines “Centre Madrasah” as one of its affiliates.

Centre Madrasah’s official website provided links to various sites under four categories: “Children Magazines, Fun, etc.”, “Islamic Movies and TV Series”, “Madrasah Resources” and “Resources for Qur’an”.

One of the links under the category of “Islamic Movies and TV Series” leads to “Shia TV” site, which contains large amount of videos featuring speeches given by radical Shiite leaders, including the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Hosseini Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

On top of the site appeared (August 1, 2013) a flash movie presenting to visitors the essence of the annual global Quds Day first initiated by Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as an expression of the unwavering Islamic commitment to liberate Palestine.

Here are the 21 slides of the flash movie:


O’ Allah, Please cleanse Al-Quds from the Zionists

“I invite Muslims [from] all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadhan as Quds Day to proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine.” Imam Khomeini (1902-1989)

“The Gaza-based government of Hamas is the very legal authority which the world is expected to recognize. However, those who profess the cherish civilization but otherwise show no trace of humanity witness how the Zionist regime treats the Palestinians and keep silence if not supporting the regime.” Vali Amr Muslimeen Seyyed Ali Khamenei (H.A.)

Heroes of Al-Quds: [Hassan Nasrallah, current Hezbollah leader], Shaeed [Abbas] Musavi [former Hezbollah leader], Shaheed [Imad] Mughnie [former commander of the military – terrorist wing of Hezbollah], Khalid Mashal [Hamas leader], Shaheed Sheikh Ahmed Yassin [founder and former leader of Hamas].

Do you know the number of people killed by the Zionist[s]? More than 2,000 kids, 8,000 civilians in just 12 years.

At least 1 million have been displaced and their homes occupied. More than 10 thousands civilians abducted by Zionist regime.

Sponsor of terrorism? US $7 million[s] per day aid to Israel!!


Oh Israel!! Why did you break my toys?

Oh Israel!! Why did you kill my mother and siblings?

Oh Israel!! Why are you bombing my school?

Oh Israel!! Why are you demolishing my home?

Why are you occupying my land?


What have you done so far? What would our Imams do if they were physically present? A true Shia of Imam Ali (a.s) will never stay silent against INJUSTICE. Silence is not an option!

We strongly condem the attack on the Holy Shrine of Syeda Zainab (S.a.) in Syria. [Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque is a mosque located in the city of Sayyidah Zaynab, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, Syria. According to Shia Muslim tradition, the mosque contains the grave of Zaynab, the daughter of ‘Alī and Fātimah and granddaughter of Muhammad. The city of Sayyidah Zaynab and its mosque have been in recent months under attacks of the Syrian rebel forces].

[Cross mark on the picture of Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir and following two words] Takfiri – Salafi [radical Islamic Sunni movements]. Shame on the ZIONIST governments for supporting, financing and arming Takfiri terrorists.



O Allah, we are ready to support oppressed people



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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 [email protected]

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