Around a thousand people participated in the annual pro Iranian al-Quds Day Rally in Toronto on Saturday, June 2, 2016. al-Quds Day Rally which was initiated by Iran in 1979 as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people in opposing Zionism and Israel’s right to exist.
One of the prominent speakers at the event was Ali Mallah (علي ملاح), a former Vice President of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), CUPE member, Toronto municipal worker, former Ontario and Federal NDP Executive member and a staunch supporter of Iran and Hezbollah.
Denying the right of Israel (“illegal state”) to exist, Mallah justified the Palestinian struggle (“resistance”) by all means, meaning also the armed struggle which is regarded by Canadian government as terrorism.
He lashed out at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (“Selfie Trudeau”) for supporting a motion in Parliament (February 22, 2016) denouncing the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement against Israel.
The foreign policy espoused by Trudeau Liberal government was depicted by Mallah as standing in contrast to the core values of Canada. Mallah defied Trudeau by contending that the pro Iran and pro Shariah supporters who side with the armed struggle to destroy Israel are the “real Canadians.”
The following are excerpts from Ali Mallah’s speech:
“We will back and we will be back. We will continue marching. We will never get tired. We will never give up until Palestine, all Palestine from the river [Jordan] to the [Mediterranean] sea will be free…
“The irony is, be it Mr. [Barack] Obama [US President] or Mr. Selfie, I mean Mr. [Justin] Trudeau, you know, talk about fairness, talk about democracy, but those words don’t include the dictionary for the Palestinian people and against the illegal occupation of Palestine.
“Brothers and sisters, don’t underestimate your action. Trust me. The illegal state of Israel is investing millions and millions of dollars to buy a journalist, politician, writers to attack you, because you support BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions]. Just imagine, supporting BDS has costed the Israeli state more than $50 million and they will invest more, because they are in a panic mode, because you scaring the hell of them and they should be. Because we will never leave Palestine or Palestinians.
“And also, if you remember, about a month ago or two, and I say this with a great sort of sadness and insult, because Mr. Trudeau, who promised us a new era of Canadian politics, has proven he is another milder copy of Steve [former Prime Minister Stephen Harper] when it comes to the international politics and issues. Shame and more than shame. What business the Parliament of Canada is trying to intimidate you and me over Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions? Well, we are in a Canadian society, on a Canadian land by original people to start with, and we value the freedom of expression and the right to dissent and we have the right to have our public political opinion.
“And we say to Mr. Trudeau and to the rest of the Canadian Parliamentarians who showed no guts, no bravery, no honour, but voted against you, because you support BDS. We tell them: We are the real Canadian who reflect the Canadian values of equity, equality, diversity, respect and freedom and against oppression and aggression. They don’t. We do…
“We have to make sure that when we talk to others to say criticizing the illegal occupation of Palestine is not antisemitism. It is your right and duty to say that Israel is a illegal state and is an occupational state… I would say: equating Zionism with Judaism is antisemitism. Equating Zionism and Judaism is antisemitism. Not the other way around. Equating Israel and the state for the Jews is antisemitism…
“And again as we have it before, we salute the resistance against occupation by any form, by any manifestation that comes across. People who are oppressed, who are occupied, [I say it] again, have the right to resist their occupation by any means necessary. Who tells you something else, tell him you are a liar.
“In the United States, if somebody made a mistake and walked into somebody’s home, he will be shot. Right? Here in Canada, if somebody attacks us we will attack them and shoot them. All right? So why it is okay then to occupy Palestinian land and to oppress Palestinian people?”
Ali Mallah implicitly justified the shooting attacks against Israelis whom he equated to criminals who deserved to be shot because they took by force the home of others.
The same rationale was mentioned in the speech of Elias Hazineh, former President of the Toronto-basef Palestine House, at al-Quds Day rally in Toronto on August 3, 2013. Hazineh said among other things the following:
“We have to give them [Israelis] an ultimatum. You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine and the people of Palestine…
“I want to remind you of how police works. When somebody tries to rob a bank the police get in, they don’t negotiate and we have been negotiating with them for 65 years.
“We say get out or you are dead. We give them two minutes and then we start shooting and that’s the only way they’ll understand.
“I’m reminding the verse from the Koran ‘And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war’ [verse dealing with the military preparation of Muslims to launch the jihad against the infidels ]. That’s the only thing that they’ll understand.”