Daily Israel Report

'My Body and Soul are Ready to Fight and Die'

Former student activist makes inflammatory anti-Israel remarks on Facebook; Canadian pro-Israel group complains to the police.
By Dalit Halevy, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 1/14/2014, 12:09 AM

Anti-Israel mural in Toronto
Anti-Israel mural in Toronto
Shalom Toronto

The Israel advocacy organization Calgary United With Israel (CUWI) submitted a complaint to the Calgary Police last week, over horrific remarks made against Israel by a pro-Palestinian student activist, according to Shalom Toronto

Ala'a Hamdan, former president of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) at University of Calgary, made a number of inflammatory remarks on her Facebook page.

Regarding rock attacks on Israelis, she stated, "this is my weapon with which I will release my people [. . .] children of Palestine are called the children of the stones, because our souls, resistance, blood and life are connected to the stones." The reference, presumably, is to the ancient stones of Jerusalem, which the Palestinian Arabs have been claiming for decades never had a link to their inherent Jewish origins. 

“My body and soul are ready to fight and die,” Hamdan stated in another vitriolic status. “This land will be proud that Palestinian babies are born men and women ready to spill their blood.”

"I'm glad, because I'm proud to be a Palestinian, I am proud to be arrested while fighting to liberate my country, my people," she wrote elsewhere. "I smile, because I sacrifice my life for my land."

Hamdan wrote a battle hymn to a son as well, stating, “I will soak a koffiah [sic] with your blood and save it to show to your siblings … I will be named the mother of the martyr.“

According to the National Post, the University of Calgary Students’ Union supports the pro-Palestinian group; it even won an award for "best advocacy club" last year.

“In the past, this has definitely come up. We’ve got over 300 clubs at the Student Union that stand on every side you can think of on every social issue,” said Ben Cannon, Vice President of student life. “We believe in the right for a club to express their opinions and to keep the dialogue going on campus.”

CUWI founder Ryan Bellerose maintained that the posts constitute hate speech, and defended the move to approach the police with the complaint. 

“It’s extremely melodramatic and poorly written but beyond that, it’s hate speech, I think,” stated Bellerose to the Post. “This student group talks about justice and peace and she talks about blowing herself up and having her children blow themselves up. It’s hypocritical.”

Current SPHR president Wesam Cooley denied the reports, claiming "CUWI has been smearing us for months" and that the accusations are "false and baseless." 

Anti-Semitism has been escalating in Canada, despite the fact that current Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other government officials are supporters of Israel

The government itself appears to be cracking down on anti-Semitism under the guise of anti-Israel activity, however. Just last week, the Ottawa Federal Court made a major legal decision to deny funding to a pro-Palestinian group involved in anti-Semitic activity. 

However, some universities and public figures have jumped on the anti-Israel bandwagon. 

Last week, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) anchor raised ire from the Jewish community when he suggested that a Jews should not be appointed as the Canadian Ambassador to Israel due to "bias." 

"Vivian Bercovici is Jewish, so there are going to be some questions," CBC anchor Evan Solomon stated on live television Thursday, during an interview with Foreign Minister John Baird. "Why not appoint someone who doesn’t even have the perception of any kind of bias (in favor of Israel)?"