Muslim group wants rabbi tossed from PM Harper’s Israel trip — because he introduced Geller, Spencer at JDL event

SunNews has the shocking story:

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.

Avi Benlolo: ‘Canada Gets Tough on Antisemitism’

Via the Huffington Post:

The government of Canada took an historic step yesterday by signing the Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism. By doing so, it recognized anti-Semitism as a pernicious evil and a global threat against the Jewish people, the State of Israel and free, democratic countries everywhere.

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper has noted, “Those who would hate and destroy the Jewish people would ultimately hate and destroy the rest of us as well.”