A strapping six footer, with dark unruly hair that is just starting to gray, Meir looks far younger than 57. When I ask if he was ever threatened or beat up, he shrugs my question off with “I’m an obstacle for a lot of these guys. My mission is to shut down organizations that pose a threat to the Jewish people and to Israel and nobody is going to stop me. I realized a long time ago, this is my life -this is what I have to do”
When Iran inspired, anti-Zionist, Al Quds Day was held at Queens Park, JDL and its supporters were there. They faced off recently against a group promoting Free Palestinian Prisoners Day in front of the Israeli Consulate. When the Jaffari Centre made moves to establish a Muslim enclave in Thornhill Woods, they fired off protest letters to Vaughan City Hall. Speakers like the controversial Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are drawing sell-out crowds.
JDL Canada will picket and protest the appearance of Dr. Reza Aslan and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (formerly known as CAIR Canada).
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto Saturday, March 29, 2014 — 6:00 pm
Reza Aslan is a Board member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which has been established in court as a lobbying group for the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Aslan has tried to pass off Iran’s genocidally-minded former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a liberal reformer and has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate with Ahmadinejad himself, as well as with the jihad terror group Hamas.
Iranian-American writer and academic, Reza Aslan, compared Israeli company SodaStream to Adolf Hitler and implied that its newly minted spokesperson, actress Scarlett Johansson, was a Nazi supporterin a tweet on Friday afternoon that he quickly deleted.
Here is a link to CBC’s Evan Solomon in a recent interview with NCCM’s Executive Director Ishaan Gardee attempting to explain that organization’s pending litigation against the federal government.
Julius Suraski, an event co-ordinator for the controversial Jewish Defence League of Canada, was invited after writing to the prime minister, said Meir Weinstein, national director of the organization, in an interview on Tuesday.
“Julius knows some people in the Conservative party, and he sent a letter to the prime minister and it was passed around and somebody in the party extended an invitation to him.”
Suraski, who could not be reached for comment, has erected billboards in support of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and helped organize a Toronto speech by anti-Muslim [sic] American speaker Pamela Geller. Geller was introduced by Rabbi Daniel Korobkin,of Toronto’s Beth Avraham Yosef Synagogue. Korobkin is also part of the delegation.
Dewar said Tuesday that it seems odd to include Suraski on the trip.
“That’s what’s puzzling here,” he said. “Why was he invited? What the Conservatives were saying … this is what they want to represent the face of Canada in Israel? I think there has to be an explanation as to why they chose certain individuals.” (…)
Lecce said Tuesday that Suraski’s inclusion in the trip doesn’t mean the government supports the JDL.
“In a delegation of this size you will always find a range of different views, including views you do not agree with,” he said. “Members of the accompanying delegation do not speak for the government of Canada.”
A Canadian Muslim group wants Harper’s officials to boot a Toronto rabbi out of the official delegation that will travel with the PM.
In a letter sent to Harper on Tuesday, the National Council of Canadian Muslims said it objected to the presence of Toronto Rabbi Daniel Korobkin as part of Harper’s official delegation.
Korobkin is the senior rabbi at Beth Avraham Yosef Congregation, the largest Orthodox congregation in Canada, and is regional vice-president of the Rabbinical Council of America.
Korobkin should be disqualified from going, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said, because, in September, Korobkin “introduced, defended and praised” two American anti-Muslim [sic] campaigners. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are founders of a group called Stop Islamization of America. Korobkin gave some brief remarks at an event in Toronto that Geller spoke at.
“Mr. Korobkin has chosen to align himself with some of the most recognized and vitriolic anti-Muslim activists of our time,” Ottawa-based NCCM executive director Ihsaan Gardee said in his organization’s letter to Harper dated Jan. 14. “The highest political office in our nation should not lend its legitimacy to such parties and views that are entirely contrary to our shared values of mutual understanding, acceptance and respect.”
On her blog, Geller fired back.
“If only these Muslim groups used their coercive intimidation to shut down hate imams who preach jihad and incitement to violence. No, but they attack those of us who do,” Geller wrote.
Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, spiritual leader of Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT) Congregation in Thornhill, introduced Geller and Spencer at the event, held by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) of Canada. He said the NCCM should thank Geller instead of condemning her.
“If only the [members of NCCM] would stop their efforts at suppressing the truth about radical Islam, if only they would stop attacking people who are merely speaking the truth, we’d be able to accomplish so much more by working together,” said Rabbi Korobkin.
It was a triumphant evening. In this talk, I address the common smear that my work amounts to “hate speech,” and discuss the motives and goals of the “hate speech” campaigners, the “hate speech” in the Qur’an, and more. I have given hundreds of talks all over the world, but this was one where it all came together.
Spencer said when human rights commissions in British Columbia and Alberta agreed to hear complaints by Muslim groups against journalists Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant, the “commissions were, wittingly or unwittingly, pursuing an agenda of placing criticism of Islam beyond the pale of acceptable discourse.”
Asked whether he agreed with U.S. Mideast analyst Daniel Pipes’ formulation that “radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution,” Spencer replied: “If moderate Islam existed, it would be the solution.
“Right now, while there are many moderate Muslims, there is no mainstream sect or school of Islamic law that teaches that non-Muslims and Muslims should live together peacefully as legal equals in a secular society, or that women should have equal rights with men, or that apostates from Islam have a right to live. Until such a mainstream sect or school emerges, moderate Islam cannot be the solution because it does not exist.”
A speaking engagement featuring U.S. anti-jihadist activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer will go ahead at a Toronto-area hotel despite efforts by a Muslim group to have the hotel “reconsider providing event space” for the talk. (…)
JDL leader Meir Weinstein said the hotel consulted its lawyers and the York Regional Police before rejecting the NCCM request.
“I think the hotel saw that the allegations [against Geller and Spencer] were unfounded.”
“The NCCM was trying to intimidate and silence critics of organizations sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood,” he added.