Open Letter to Councillor Sandra Racco, City of Vaughan: Jaffari Centre Concerns

February 27, 2014

Open Letter to Councillor Sandra Racco, City of Vaughan

Re: Thornhill Woods Community Meeting – Lebovic Centre.

I attended the Community Update and Board of Directors Election Meeting on Wednesday February 26, 2014.

During the Q+A, I rose to ask you a question regarding the negative impact on public safety to the existing community which is presented by the proposed Jaffari Centre re-development – a relevant question, which you refused to answer.

Over the past 3 weeks, I have been contacted by many residents of Thornhill Woods who have expressed major concerns about persons from the Jaffari Center blocking driveways and asking residents to use their driveways for overflow parking.  hat was one issue I addressed.

The second issue I asked you about dealt with the anti-Semitic nature of the Jaffari Centre.

You refused to answer my questions.

In refusing to respond, it was suggested that these inquiries were racially motivated and inappropriate.  This is completely untrue, and I consider your response — that as a public official you are limited to issues of “zoning and by-laws”  — to be a deflection of your obligation to properly apprise yourself and understand all the issues that might have a negative impact on the safety and security of our community.

I am deeply concerned that an enlarged Jaffari Centre re-development will lead to a serious increase in antisemitism, and this increase in antisemitism will lead to violence against members of the Jewish community.

Please take the time to review the following information about the Jaffari Center and their associates.

Thank you,

Meir Weinstein
National Director
Jewish Defence League of Canada.

Link attachments:
1.    National Post article (Feb.05.2014) titled “Cleric Behind Mosque’s Proposed Condo Project Probed for Hate Crimes in 2012”.
2.    Bus schedule confirming the Jaffari Centre as an active organizational hub regarding the 2012 Al Quds Day rally.
3.    JTA article (Aug. 02, 2013), reporting on the official statement of the Ontario government refusing to grant a permit on the grounds of “public safety”.
4.    ”Jaffari Child Abuse” – Anti-Semitic rant by indoctrinated youth member of the Jaffari Centre.  Is this how good neighbours behave?
5.    Anti-Semitic video rant at 2012 Al Quds rally by speaker Moulana Assad Jaffery who teaches family values at the Jaffari Centre.
6.    Terrorism Information Centre report on the CASMO Jaffari Centre affiliation and the 2011 Al Quds rally, Toronto.
7.    Article in “World Federation of Shia Communities” confirming that Jaffari Centre youth are regularly sent to Iran to be indoctrinated in anti-Semitic propaganda.

-Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.
-Peter Kent, MP, Thornhill.
-Stephen Blaney, MP, Minister of Public Safety.
-Gila Martow, MPP, Thornhill
-Chief Eric Jolliffe, York Regional Police
-Shimon Fogel, CEO, CIJA
-Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai B’rith

JDL Canada Uncovers Shocking Truth about ‘Educators’ Running the Extremist Thornhill Jaffari Centre

The Canadian Shiite Jaffari Center is the organization proposing a Muslim-only housing development.

In Houston, Texas on January 30, 2011, the Jaffari Centre’s Pakistani born cleric Syed Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi spoke about how much loyalty — he uses the term “affiliation” — Shiite Muslim believers owe to their country of residence, and the relations between religious belief and citizenship.

Here is an excerpt of Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi’s sermon:

“My affiliations are with Iran, because my affiliation with Canada would mean that if in Canada there was something for me to affiliate by, that was given to me by Allah, I should have affiliation with Canada.

“But when I look towards Allah, and I see that He has affiliation with Iran, has no affiliation with Canada with America, I say: I have affiliation with Iran.”

The Jaffari Centre also promotes another radical Islamic leader named Asad Jafri, who they call an “educator of family values.”

At an Al Quds Day rally in Toronto, Asad Jafri said:

“The Zionist regime that sucks the resources, the blood and everything that belongs to all the people across the world…”

The following is a biography of Asad Jafri courtesy of the Islamic Counterterrorism Institute (ICI).   Read it carefully to learn about the background of the people who are educating the Thornhill Jaffari Centre community about “family values”:

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NEW revelations about who is backing Thornhill’s proposed Muslim-only housing development

JDL Canada has obtained additional information uncovering the backers of the proposed “MUSLIM-ONLY” re-development of the Jaffari Centre in Thornhill.

Principals and proponents of the Jaffari Centre are busily engaged in damage control trying to persuade municipal legislators and members of the public that they are indeed good neighbours and care for the concerns expressed about their “MUSLIM-ONLY” re-development proposal.

This group which receives funding from Iran is the same group that sponsors “AL QUDS” day — a hatefest openly celebrated annually on the streets of Toronto.  If you have any doubt about that — here is a snapshot of the bus schedule showing the Jaffari Centre as one of the transportation pick up locations:

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The Jaffari send their kids to Iran on “school trips”

The ISIJ sends members of its Youth Jamaat on these trips. Below is an excerpt from a report on one of these trips:

“Shehmir presented the speech that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave at the Conference. Among the statements in his strong speech, President Ahmadinejad spoke about how the West is seeking to sow seeds of discord among regional nations with the aim of saving the Zionist regime. He urged the youth to be wary of such propaganda and self-guard them from these vicious influences.”

“Among his strong statements to the youth, Imam Khamenei said that Marxism and Western Liberal Democracy will not have an appeal and this is evident with the awakening that has taken place in several countries over the last one year. He advised the youth that the awakening is the just the beginning and the youth must remain firm in their objectives of tarnishing the Zionist dreams.”

Here’s a fine example of an indoctrinated 10 year old boy, proudly dressed in Jihadi gear shouting “Israel is a cancer”:

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Open Letter to Thornhill Voters: Freedom Party Opposes Muslim-only Development

JDL Canada does not endorse any candidate; however, we are reprinting this message as a public service:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Riding of Thornhill:

Many of you will know that, on February 4, 2014, a meeting was held at Vaughan City Hall concerning a proposed expansion to the Jaffari Community Centre. The proposal is for the construction of a 30 acre Muslim-only development involving two condominium towers and a number of townhouses for a total of 377 units.

The meeting drew an overflow crowd because the issue is of great concern, especially to those living near the proposed development.

A number of concerns have been raised about the development, which reportedly cannot proceed without obtaining special exemptions and approvals from government.  The project reportedly would not comply with zoning and planning criteria without the exemptions and approvals.  In addition, legitimate concern is being caused by the fact that proponents of the development — Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jama’at of Toronto (“ISIJ”) — initially made it clear that the intention is for a Muslim-only community on a 30 acre site.

Thornhill residents go to the polls this coming Thursday, February 13, 2014 to vote in the provincial by-election for the riding of Thornhill.  Concerned voters have written to Freedom Party of Ontario and to Erin Goodwin — Freedom Party’s candidate in Thornhill – asking that we state the party’s position with respect to the issue of the proposed development.

This issue is an important one not only for the riding, but for the precedent it could set for the province.  Accordingly, we are writing to ensure that you understand in no uncertain terms Freedom Party’s position on the issue, and the position of Erin Goodwin, Freedom Party’s candidate.

Freedom Party, its leader Paul McKeever, and its candidate Erin Goodwin oppose the granting of exemptions or approvals for the 30-acre development.  We oppose it in part because of the many zoning and planning concerns expressed by Thornhill residents who would suffer the consequences — including traffic congestion — were the development to get exemptions and approvals to go ahead.

However, we also share the concerns of those who oppose — or are puzzled by — the Muslim-only nature of the proposed site.  Freedom Party is quite aware that the religious leader of the ISIJ is an Imam and author who regards only the laws of Allah — Sharia — to be legitimate law.  It would be naive, at the very least, to disregard the exclusive, Muslim-only nature of the proposed development, which we understand to include streets and allowances that would be not private but public lands.

Contrary to the religious leader of the ISIJ, Freedom Party stands opposed to facilitating respect for Sharia law.  We advocate respect only for the laws made in our legislatures and courts, by the people, for the life and happiness of all of the children and adults on this good earth, of all religions.  We will not support the use of our laws to defend the existence of zones in which the laws made in our legislatures and courts are disregarded or discouraged.

Having made our own position clear, we encourage the Liberal and Progressive Conservative candidates to do the same, because those who remain mute in order to get elected, will remain mute in order to get re-elected.


Erin Goodwin (Freedom Party candidate for the riding of Thornhill)
Paul McKeever (Leader, Freedom Party of Ontario)

Support our fight against ‘Muslim only’ housing in Thornhill

Representatives of JDL Canada attended the first public hearing into this proposed development.

See our “Open Letter” to Vaughn City Council, objecting to the way this meeting was run, and our statement for the record regarding our reasons for opposing the housing development.

After the meeting, the local Shia community reported on JDL Canada’s opposition to the project, using crude, incendiary and blatantly anti-Semitic language. As you can see, their web site includes the banner of the terror group Hezbollah.

Any fair-minded person will agree that the Canadian welcome mat should be withdrawn from people who promote this vile attitude and then claim to be victimized.

JDL Canada is now preparing a public information campaign to support a legal challenge that will expose this re-development proposal.

Financial support can be made online using PayPal or by sending your contribution directly to our office. Click here for our “donation” page.

All funding is receipted and applied towards the campaign.

Your generous contributions will help send the message to community leaders that this re-development proposal is completely unacceptable.

Open Letter: JDL Canada to Vaughn City Council regarding a proposed ‘Muslim only’ housing development

February 05, 2014

Councillor Alan Shefman
City of Vaughan
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, Ontario
L6A 1T1

Re: Public Hearing for Files OP.13.013 and Z.13.036 – “Jaffari Centre”.

Dear Councillor Shefman,

I attended the public meeting held at the Council chambers on February 4, 2014 and herein express my concern over the manner in which the meeting was conducted.  I registered to make a verbal deputation, but was called away early due to an urgent family matter.  I was present in the hearing room until approximately 10:00 PM.

I wish to state my complaint about the manner in which the meeting was chaired and suggest that there were a number of procedural violations that you allowed that should invalidate several of the deputants.  I am troubled that you failed to adhere to the strict rules that you laid out at the inception of the meeting which resulted in the application of a clear double-standard regarding the deputations.

You stated that the only information that you would allow to be presented were issues that related to matters regarding “planning”, “zoning” and “by-laws”.  I believe that you correctly sensed the proposal before council to be potentially incendiary and you cautioned the public that racial remarks would not be tolerated. You made it very clear that each deputant was required to identify themselves by name and address in order to be heard.

The first group of deputants who opposed the project adhered to those rules, clearly identified themselves as residents noting their street addresses and proceeded to  address technical faults of the proposal.

Your record will show that most of the second group of deputants who supported the proposal failed to identify themselves by residence address and further did not speak to technical matters — but rather tried to influence council with self-serving expressions of “faith” and “community”.  This was not just my personal observation, but also the observations of many others who have contacted my office within the last 24 hours.

I respectfully suggest to you that the testimony of those who breached your conditions of procedure should be invalidated and struck from the record.

My deputation in brief is distilled in the following two points that relate to broad public safety concerns and a breach of the Human Rights Code:

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JDL Canada: Multi-condo development in North Thornhill will ‘encourage the spread of radical Islam’ reports on the community meeting opposing the development (more background here.)

The national director of the Jewish Defence League says a proposal to place a multi-condo development in North Thornhill will “encourage the spread of radical Islam”.

And Meir Weinstein said he’ll be at Vaughan City Hall tonight as part of an expected large crowd opposed to the application for the development.

The proposal from Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto, at 9000 Bathurst St. between Rutherford Road and Hwy. 7, includes one 17-storey, 205-unit residence with retail space along with another 17-storey seniors residence with 100 assisted living units (132 beds) and 61 three-storey common element condo townhouses.

Mr. Weinstein, national director of the Toronto-based JDL which he said “monitors groups that are involved with radical Islam,” said he has concerns about the developers behind the residences, who he said want a “Muslim-only” community.

An online petition of more than 3,000 Thornhill residents includes concerns about numerous issues with the development including that the plan has problems with: traffic congestion, overcrowding and safety, parking, environmental concerns, quality of life and that the plan is incompatible with a low-rise community.

Comments on various media websites suggest some residents would be less than willing to accommodate an influx of Muslim residents.