In late December 2014, Toronto once again played host to a gathering called “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” at the Metro Convention Centre.
The conference which features a “knowledge retreat” is widely received in the Islamic community of Canada and has a checkered history.
It is an annual event and throughout the years the organizers have invited a number of speakers who have been denied entry into Canada because of their known associations with terrorist groups.
The most recent conference held but a short week ago allowed Zafar Bangash to showcase his material at this event. Mr. Bangash represents the main group behind Al Quds day in Toronto, and his publications are full of anti-Semitic, pro-Hezbollah propaganda.
A photograph from his Facebook page (above) shows his Crescent International Newsmagazine. One of his covers depicts Hezbollah tipping the scale of power in the Middle East.
Crescent International publishes the works of a cadre of “anti-Zionist” conspiracy theorists whose focus is the demonization and destruction of the Jewish State.
For a conference that bills itself as a leading promoter of “Islamic knowledge,” one has to wonder: what is this knowledge that is being spread ?
Here is a link to a video where Tarek Fatah, a knowledgeable and outspoken Muslim Canadian thinker, protests the conference: