Anti-Semitic imam removed from Canada conference

Muslim conference in Ontario’s Niagara region removes Egyptian imam with history of anti-Semitic statements.

Ben Ariel ,

Definition of anti-Semitism
Definition of anti-Semitism

A conference organized by several Muslim organizations in Ontario’s Niagara region has removed an Egyptian imam from its list of speakers after B’nai Brith Canada drew attention to his history of anti-Semitic statements.

Omar Abdelkafy, an Egyptian-born preacher based in Dubai, had been listed as the keynote speaker at the Niagara Muslim Family Conference scheduled to take place on April 14. On Thursday, organizers announced on Facebook that Abdelkafy was no longer invited to participate.

In an undated YouTube clip from Sharjah TV, an Emirati television channel, Abdelkafy can be seen proclaiming, “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslim, O Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

In July of 2017, an arrest warrant was issued for a visiting Jordanian imam who quoted the exact same hadith at a mosque in Montreal.

On the same television program, Abdelkafy also accuses Zionists of collaborating with Freemasons to “spread corruption on Earth” and quotes repeatedly from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

In addition, the American Center for Democracy (ACD) revealed last week that Abdelkafy had called, several times, for the annihilation of Jews on his Facebook page.

On December 17, 2017, he wrote, "O Allah, we complain to you about the Jews, as they cannot escape you, O the mighty of the heavens and the earth. O Allah, count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them… Liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of Jews the aggressors…"

In November 2016, he wrote, "O Allah, liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews the aggressors." In 2014, he asked for Al-Aqsa to be liberated "from the filth of the Jews, the monkeys, the pigs."

In September 2015, he wrote, "Humiliate the Jews everywhere, destroy them with their plans and kill them with their weapons."

“Someone who believes in slaughtering Jews and promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories is not an appropriate speaker for a family conference,” Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada, said in a statement on Monday.

“We appreciate the quick response of conference organizers who removed this individual from their event after learning of the Jewish community's concerns,” he added.