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EDL Holding Rally in Toronto Alongside JDL

Looks like the hate is being imported to North America.

Controversial anti-Islamist group plans rally in Toronto

Stewart Bell, National Post · Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

TORONTO—A British right-wing group responsible for a wave of violent anti-Islamist street protests in the United Kingdom will attempt to spread its message to Canadians at a rally in Toronto next week.

A “support rally� for the controversial English Defence League is scheduled to take place at the Toronto Zionist Centre on Tuesday night. The event is being organized by the Jewish Defence League of Canada.

Tommy Robinson, the EDL leader, will speak at the rally through an on-line hookup. It is believed to be the first Canadian rally for the EDL, repeatedly linked to violence since it formed in 2009 to counter Islamist militancy in Britain.

“I am disappointed that the JDL would support an organization whose record in the U.K. is one of violence and extremism,� said Bernie Farber, CEO, of the Canadian Jewish Congress. “This is more than unwise and I sure hope they reconsider this decision.�

Dozens have been arrested at EDL protests, including Mr. Robinson, an alias used by Stephen Lennon. He was charged in November with assaulting a police officer at a confrontation with Islamists who burned poppies during a two-minute silence for veterans.

“The root cause of the problem is the Koran, it’s Islam,� he told the BBC on Nov. 19. “And no one has got the balls to admit it and say it and talk about it. We will. We’re not creating these divisions and this extremism. It’s already there. That’s why we formed. If there was no militant Islam there would be no EDL.�

Professor Matthew Goodwin said the EDL has links to football hooligan networks and draws most of its support from the young working class but unlike the traditional far right it is open to all races and faiths.

“It wants members of the Sikh community, similarly members of the Jewish community to become involved as a way of opposing what the EDL calls radical militant Islam, even though it’s actually just talking about Islam,� said Prof. Goodwin, a lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.

Over the past three to four months, the EDL has been trying to forge links internationally and has reached out to Dutch far right politician Geert Wilders and U.S. conservatives, he said. “This is part of that attempt to forge international links,� he said of the Toronto rally.

The EDL support rally is advertised on the JDL website. “JDL supports the EDL,� the announcement reads. “The EDL needs international support to help it support the values of freedom that Britain was once famous [for]. Now is the time to step forward and stop political Islam.�

Meir Weinstein, national director of JDL Canada, said he was visiting Israel when he met someone connected to Mr. Lennon. The two later got acquainted on the phone. He said he was aware Mr. Robison had been arrested.

“I don’t know everything about the leader of the EDL but from what we see they’re on the streets and they’re very vocal supporting Israel, supporting Israel’s right to defend itself and standing up to political Islam, so that’s about it.�

Prof. Goodwin said he doubts the EDL message will resonate in Canada. He said it appeals primarily in working class districts of northern England that have little experience with multiculturalism.

“Your nation is on the whole at ease with ethnic cultural diversity,� he said. “So I think the message itself may not resonate. What might be significant is whether this turns into some substantive links between groups in Toronto and the EDL, and whether there’s any financial resources or logistical support that comes out of that because that is what the EDL is lacking.�

sbell@nationalpost.com

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  • stevieb

    IT looks to me like the EDL is a Zionist fronted-group – a psych-op, intended to indentify any real, future white Christian(non-racist)revolutionaries fighting against Zionist criminality. Oh, I could be wrong but the fact that they are going around acting like Nazis while forming alliances with the JDL and attacking other minorities EXCEPT for Jews is highly suspect, to say the least…

  • http://yeah Ezra

    Excellent Post Joey….In Toronto an UnHoly Alliance Has Ememrged

    between Celtic KKK Police elements and Jewish Property Owners

    It seems they allow Repression of people voicing muslim rights

    because they dont want Renters to organize against high rents

    in turn the police, firefighters, EMS, cover up police brutality

    against immigrants and they get funding recently 1.2 billion

    for a 3 day G20 summit. As u know now…the police charged the brave

    young Canadians who were protesting this Racist group with horses.

    So we have police charging Canadians who are fighting for equal rights

    with horses to protect the status quo. Some of the Celtic police

    believe they are chosen peoples or lost tribes of israel which maybe

    true but why brutalize immigrants and repress their rights in Canada???

  • jwh

    Finally people taking a stand. Coming from the UK and seeing people frequently attacked (like those in London) it is time people said enough is enough. Nobody said it was all Muslims but when they never call out their own how are others to react? Can you imagine for one minute that people had burned poppies here on the streets of Toronto whilst yelling “burn in hell Canadian soldiers” what would have been the outcome. Value your freedoms Toronto before you too face such a situation.

  • joey

    I thought the Canadian government was dead set against hate-groups rallying in Canada.
    The EDL are not something to just scoff at and laugh off. This mistake was made in laughing off the original Nazi thugs in 1920s Germany.

    The EDL are violent, uneducated, uncivilized, diversity hating savages.

    The JDL who are joining them are in the same boat of mindless right-wing savagery.

    But this is history repeating itself. The JDL are similar to a not often mentioned cult of ‘traitors’ who operated in the 1930s Nazi Germany. There was at that time an international Zionist-led boycott of Nazi Germany which was at that time in 1933 not yet a dictatorship, but starting to terrorize all Nazi-scapegoat targets – including Jews.
    One group of Zionists in Germany went against that boycott. They were radicals [whose members included some extremists that ended up spearheading the 1948 takeover of Palestine] that went AGAINST the boycott and SIDED WITH THE NAZIS and worked closely with them in the mid-1930s to try and arrange with Hitler to make Palestine a Jewish State. In the hideous alliance, the German Zionists helped the Nazis bully normal German Jews.

    History is repeating itself. 2 separate extremist groups are pooling their resources together. Why is the Canadian government permitting them to publicly promote evil? I hope that it is really a ploy to ind out who these NEW extremists are so that they can be investigated.
    I hope Toronto’s anti-hate Jewish groups will protest against the JDL/EDL neo-nazi rally – in the way Western nation’s did not protest against Nazi Germany in the early 1930s.

  • http://ok-lah.blogspot.com Adam

    The JDL people should read this: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/10/466130.html

  • DrM

    @Appoloon,

    In your dreams, like a nice Irv Rubin dirtnap. Pretty sad that fascists are now down to forming alliences with unemployed, uneducated, low class, football hooligan trash. Nothing new now that I think about it. Slither back to Geehad Watch.

    The JDL is a Jewish terrorist group yet they are allowed to operate openly in North America despite being designated a terrorist organization. Got to love the double standard.

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