The teaching materials of a Toronto-based Islamic school, which is currently undergoing investigation for its anti-Semitic and pro-jihad curriculum, were originally published by Iranian organizations, records show.
The passages of the East End Madrassah’s texts that drew the most widespread condemnation are excerpts from two books, including one published by the Al Balagh Foundation in Iran, The National Post reported.
The other book, which likens the Jews to the Nazis, was published by the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, which the U.S. alleges was a front organization for the Iranian government.
Jewish organizations expressed outrage upon learning that such hateful texts, originating from a regime bent on Israel’s destruction, had found their way into the Canadian school’s curriculum.
“It’s shameful that the so-called literature from a foreign entity like Iran is being filtered here to educate young Canadian people, and transplanting the Iranian dogma into Canada,” said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
“As Canadians, we are deeply troubled at the notion that children in our country are learning from materials published by an organization that, according to the FBI, is directly controlled by the Ayatollahs of Iran,” said David Koschitzky, chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
“We urge the Toronto District School Board — and all public institutions that house related programs — to ensure that radical, theocratic regimes that are hostile to our values are not permitted in our public schools,” Koschitzky continued.
While the school has issued a statement apologizing for the offensive material, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has contended that the school must take further measures and open up its curriculum to investigation by outside organizations and the local Education Ministry. It is currently undergoing investigation.