B’nai Brith is condemning on Friday, February 26. an editorial by Mohamad Hisham Khalifeh, published in Windsor’s Arabic language Al Forqan newspaper, reported as lauding the ongoing spree of attacks against civilians in Israel as a ‘sacred duty of jihad’.
“A number of community newspapers, such as Windsor’s Al Forqan, are directly contributing to the radicalization of Canadian youth by glamorizing murder as a sacred religious duty,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer, B’nai Brith Canada. “Articles such as the one recently published in Al Forqan entitled “The Duty of Jihad”, are a great cause for concern.
Mostyn added, “For more than 30 years, B’nai Brith has compiled an Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents. The data gleaned from our extensive history of recording such incidents strongly suggests a correlation between rhetoric, such as that found in Al Forqan, and increasing levels of antisemitism. Calls for violent Jihad and support for listed terrorist groups have no place in a civilized democracy.”
“We have written to Michael Coteau, as the newly appointed Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, Windsor’s Police Chief, Al Frederick, Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Provincial Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi, urging them to launch a full investigation of the paper and particularly the offensive editorial published in Issue 33, October – November 2015.”
Khalifeh calls on Palestinians to attack and destroy Israel, the “infidels”
Mohamad Hisham Khalifeh (محمد هشام خليفة), a Canadian of Lebanese descent, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of Al Forqan Newspaper (جريدة الفرقان) printed in Windsor, Ontario and distributed in Windsor, London and Detroit.
Khalifeh is known of his open support of the Palestinian armed struggle against Israel. On November 12, 2012 he posted a poem spurring the Palestinians to launch armed attacks on Israelis, liberate Palestine and destroy the State of Israel. The Israelis, namely the Israeli Jews, are portrayed is Khalifeh’s poem as “infidels” and “morally corrupt people.”
Khlifeh recorded himself reading the poem and embedded the audio file in a video clip featuring armed operatives of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas firing rockets from Gaza aimed at Israel and training to launch attacks on Israeli targets.
The following is the transcript of Khalifeh’s poem “Gaza” (originally in Arabic), which appears on Khlifeh’s official YouTube channel:
Fire [at Israel]
Fire because you are courageous
Fire because you are the typhoon
Show them your bravery, raise your head, show them the descendants of the [Caliph Omar] al-Mukhtar [liberator of Jerusalem]
Break your shackle, show your sword, destroy the siege imposed on you
Destroy the brutal Zion [Israel]
Destroy the foundations of the morally corrupt people
Destroy the hostile enemy
Shake the thrones of the infidels
O Palestinian, do not compromise
Remove the disgrace of your [Muslim] nation
O Palestinian, O fighter
You are a freeman made of steel
Fire because you are courageous
Fire because you are the typhoon
Show them your bravery, raise your head
Show them the descendants of the [Caliph Omar] al-Mukhtar [liberator of Jerusalem]
Khalifeh’s editorial: Intifada’s stabbing attacks aimed at Jews are “sacred duty of jihad”
Khalifeh’s editorial on the front page of Al Forqan (Issue 33, October – November 2015, p. 1) was dedicated to the Palestinian al-Quds Intifada (violent struggle including terrorist attacks), also dubbed the Knife Intifada.
According to the Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the ongoing al-Quds/ Knife Intifada (September 13, 2015 – February 24, 2016 the number of people murdered in Palestinian terrorist attacks reached 33 and 357 people were injured (28 of them seriously). The Palestinian new wave of terrorism included 188 stabbings, 75 shootings and 39 vehicular (ramming) attacks in addition to firing rockets (from Gaza), detonating explosive charges, and many thousands incidents of firebombings and stone/rock throwing.
The Palestinian al-Quds Center for Research documented during October 2015 to January 2016) 90 stabbing attacks, 50 thwarted stabbing attacks, 91 shooting attacks, 24 car ramming attacks, 1,100 firebombing attacks and 3,321 stone/ rock throwing attacks
In his editorial, Khalifeh hails the Palestinian youths who go armed with knives in a mission to stab Israeli Jews. Khalifeh explains that by carrying out the stabbing attacks the Palestinian youths fulfil the “sacred duty of jihad” and defend the “honour and dignity” of all Arabs, all Muslims and in fact all mankind.
The following is Khalifeh’s editorial (originally in Arabic):
“The Duty of Jihad
“Everyone carries out the jihad in his/ her way, that what said to me one of the pilgrims [in Mecca] and this summarizes the course of events in our Arab and Islamic countries, armies and parties, weapons and munitions, rockets and [fighter] jets… and the Palestinian teenager is [standing] alone wielding a knife in his hand, defending the honour and dignity of every Arab and every Muslim, and moreover every person. He [the Palestinian teenager] does not accept the injustice in the face of the Zionist usurper.
“The Knife Intifada, initiated by the sons of al-Quds [Jerusalem] who scarified their souls, exposed the falsity of the allegations made by those who espouse the duty of jihad and fight in Syria and Iraq and everywhere but not in Beit al-Maqdis [Jerusalem]. The executions of Jerusalemites (children, women and elders) did not move the manhood in the heads of the leaders of the Arab and Islamic nation! The violations against the holy site in al-Quds [Jerusalem] have not affected those who protect the holy shrines! [Note: the killing of the Palestinian terrorists during attack by Israeli forces is portrayed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas as “executions”]
“The Knife Intifada was born orphan from the womb of a bereaved mother, but the sons of this sacred place with the determination of the heroes will be mentioned in history of this nation that in the midst of the current events there was a group which recognized the right of the sacred duty of jihad!
“Unlike the one who claims everyday that he is defending al-Quds [Jerusalem] and draws on a map the way towards it. You would see them in all countries but Palestine, such as Hezbollah [in Lebanon],
ISIS [in Iraq and Syria], the fundamentalist jihadists [in the Muslims countries], the Houthis [in Yemen], Boko Haram [in Nigeria], Popular Mobilization Forces [in Iraq] etc., all of them want to liberate al-Quds [Jerusalem] but they lost the compass!!!
May Allah forgive those who truthfully knew the way to al-Quds [Jerusalem]. May Allah forgive the Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab [who conquered Jerusalem in 635] and the leader Salahuddin Al Ayyub [who conquered Jerusalem in 1187]. I’m asking Allah to give victory to the youths of Palestine and every freeman who does not accept injustice and shame.”