‘Police investigating comments at Al-Quds Day rally’

JDL Canada was on the scene to witness the outrageous activities at the Toronto Al Qud’s rally last weekend.

Blog reports and videos about the rally have created an international sensation.

Today the Canadian Jewish News reports:

Toronto police have launched a hate crimes investigation into comments made by the former head of Palestine House who called for the widespread murder of Israelis.

“We have received a complaint with regards to things said at the Al-Quds Day rally. There is an investigation ongoing,” said Toronto police spokesperson Const. Wendy Drummond.

Police were present at the Aug. 5 rally, held near Queen’s Park, she said, though she declined to say whether the intelligence or hate crimes units were involved, nor who laid the complaint.

Meir Weinstein, head of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), said, “We’ve been in touch with the hate crimes unit. We want charges laid. We want charges laid under the hate crimes law.”

Weinstein, who led a counter-rally attended by about 70 JDL members and supporters, said he was particularly incensed at remarks by Elias Hazineh, the former president of Palestine House, who called for the murder of Israelis.

In a YouTube video posted by the Blazing Catfur blog site, Hazineh says: “We have to give them an ultimatum. You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine.” (…)

Weinstein criticized police for failing to ask protesters to take down their Hezbollah flags. “They were nervous going into the crowd to ask people to take down the flags. They were intimidated.”

Weinstein said police stood by while Hazineh spoke, and Weinstein criticized police for allowing the rally to proceed in a park just north of the legislature after Queen’s Park officials had denied permission to gather on the legislature’s grounds.

Fogel, however, saw it differently. Police, he suggested, were experiencing “a learning curve” when it comes to dealing with radicals displaying Hezbollah flags. They are simply trying to “keep peace, keep two sides apart,” he said.