In his recent editorial (Al Forqan, Issue 35, December 2015, January 2016, p. 1), Khaifeh discussed the question how to deal with Islamiphobia and among other things he wrote the following (originally in Arabic):
“After the [ISIS] attacks in Paris, an elder man wearing a Masonic pendant and a seal approached me holding in his wrinkled hand a paper with the word Daesh, meaning ISIS, written on it. He asked me: Can you read what is written in the paper without chopping off my neck!”
“The provocative question made me smile. I answered the man: Yes. This is the name of a terrorist organization which kills Muslims and Christians alike and it [ISIS] was created by your Intelligence agency in order to tear apart the Arab countries and distort the real image of Islam. I concluded by saying that this organization [ISIS] is not less criminal than the Zionists in Israel and their bloody wars against the innocent Palestinians.”
Khalifeh is known of his open support of the Palestinian armed struggle against Israel. On November 12,2012 he posteda 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.”
In another editorial (Al Forqan, Issue 33, October – November 2015, p. 1), Khalifeh hailed 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.
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’”.
Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer, B’nai Brith Canada, urged the Ontario government to “launch a full investigation of the paper and particularly the offensive editorial published in Issue 33, October – November 2015.”
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.