Muslim charity in Canada to host speaker with history of defamation against Jews

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A well-known Muslim and charity in Canada is hosting a speaker with a story of demonizing Israel and Jews at its annual conference this weekend.

Tareq Al-Suwaidan is listed on the homepage of the “Deep Rooted and Upright, Strong Muslim Student Leadership Conference,” although his bio is not included with other speakers at the event. Kuwaiti writer and businessman, he is the author of the book in Arabic, Al Yahood Al Mawsua Al Musawra (The Jews, The Illustrated Encyclopedia), has direct links with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated as a terrorist organization by a number of countries.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Al-Suwaidan’s book “includes classic anti-Semitic accounts, Holocaust denial, and other fallacies to defame Jews. The book devotes entire sections to discussing how Jews control media and politics, while another chapter explains how Jews exploit women.

Its introduction describes an objective of teaching about the Jews and “their wickedness, their betrayal and their deception which they practiced with all the nations so as not to be deceived by them and by their promises of false peace”.

The conference is sponsored by the Muslim Association of Canada, a registered charity in Canada that has received government grants at the national and provincial levels. Last month, the association received more than $ 300,000 from the Canadian government for an initiative to “address systemic barriers to the social participation of young Muslim girls,” particularly in sport as part of a initiative to finance “anti-racist projects fighting against Islamophobia”.

“It is shocking that an organization, especially a registered charity in Canada, provides a platform for those promoting a genocidal form of anti-Semitism,” said Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and Chief Executive Officer. the direction of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). Worse, the show in which Al-Suwaidan is scheduled to speak targets young Canadians under the guise of ‘social impact’. “

“We are also calling on the Government of Canada to review its grant process to ensure that organizations that receive funds to combat racism do not themselves need anti-racism training,” he said. -he declares.

In July, the Canadian government hosted two days of hate talks, one on anti-Semitism and the other on Islamophobia.

According to statistics from B’nai Brith Canada’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, a record 2,610 acts were recorded in 2020, while in May 2021, following the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, more than 250 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded across Canada, of which more than 60 were “violent” attacks.

“We are facing an alarming rise in hatred against minorities in Canada, particularly Jewish and Muslim Canadians,” said Koffler Fogel. “What we need are initiatives that bring young people together, not a preacher who promotes extreme hatred and incites religious violence. We urge the Muslim Association of Canada to examine the backgrounds of the speakers they continue to promote and determine whether they reflect the values ​​of the organization.

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