B’nai Brith files police complaint over anti-Semitic rally near Toronto

B’nai Brith Canada files hate-crimes complaint after protesters chanted hateful anti-Semitic slogans at anti-Israel protest west of Toronto.

Elad Benari ,

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B’nai Brith Canada announced on Wednesday it has filed a hate-crimes complaint with Peel Regional Police after protesters chanted hateful anti-Semitic slogans at an anti-Israel protest in Mississauga, just west of Toronto.

Last Saturday, about 100 protesters gathered at Celebration Square in downtown Mississauga, ostensibly to condemn Israel’s potential extension of sovereignty to communities in Judea and Samaria.

A video of the Mississauga rally, first exposed by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, shows attendees chanting in Arabic: “Palestine is our country, and the Jews are our dogs!” Later in the same video, protesters promise to “sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine” and proclaim that “martyrs by the millions march to Jerusalem.”

B’nai Brith, which has independently verified the translation, said it discovered through its own investigation that the co-organizers of the rally – and many of its attendees – were mere high school students.

“The display of anti-Semitism in Canada’s public squares is totally unacceptable,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B'nai Brith Canada. “Opposition to Israeli policy can never be used as an excuse to demean Jews as ‘dogs’ or to threaten violence against them.

“We have reached out to the high school attended by one of the rally’s organizers, and hope to visit at an appropriate time in order to educate students about the dark places to which rhetoric of this sort can lead.”

This is not the first time that Mississauga’s Celebration Square has played host to anti-Semitic hate speech, B’nai Brith Canada noted. In 2017, Palestinian Arab protesters there chanted, “Remember Khaybar, oh you Jews, the Army of Muhammad will return!” in reference to an ancient battle in which a Muslim army slaughtered Jews in the Arabian Peninsula. No charges were laid following that incident.

Amin El-Maoued, leader of Palestine House-Toronto, led the anti-Semitic chants in 2017 and was once again present at Saturday’s protest.

Palestine House has been criticized in the past for its pro-terrorist leanings. The organization denies Israel’s right to exist and has praised murderous terror attacks against Israelis.

In 2012 the Canadian government defunded the Palestine House, citing a “pattern of support for extremism.”

In 2013, a former leader of Palestine House called for a genocide against Israeli Jews at a public rally.

Several years later, Palestine House held ceremonies in memory of Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who was caught in 1974 using his diplomatic protection to smuggle guns for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and sentenced to 12 years in prison, and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who was close to former Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Yasser Arafat and who signed a manifesto "supporting Palestine" and demanding Israel withdraw from Judea, Samaria, Gaza, and eastern Jerusalem.