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Jewish-British anti-Muslim event in Toronto draws protests, arrests

The wacky alliance of skinhead EDL and Kahanist JDL continues, and remember this is a group that Spencer and his pal Pamela Geller openly support.

Jewish-British anti-Muslim event in Toronto draws protests, arrests

(Haaretz)

Dozens of anti-racist activists demonstrated in front of a Zionist community center in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday to protest a public event organized by Jewish and British anti-Muslims. Four protestors were arrested in the fracas, and at least one police officer suffered a broken rib, according to The Globe and Mail.

The local chapter of the Jewish Defense League, an extreme-right organization founded by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, broadcasted a live speech by English Defense League founder Stephen Lennon, otherwise known as Tommy Robinson, drawing the ire of demonstrators.

The two groups on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have found common cause in nationalist pride and Islamophobic rhetoric. Both groups claim that they do not promote prejudice against others, only pride in their own respective ethnicities, but critics accuse them of spreading hate against Arabs and other Muslims.

One group of demonstrators maintained a vigil across the intersection from the Zionist building, while a separate group of demonstrators marched towards the community center to confront the JDL. Police on foot and on horseback intervened and corralled the protestors, The Globe and Mail reported.

Toronto police said that one of their officers was had been taken to hospital with a broken rib after he was hit with a flagpole. At the end of the demonstration, police noticed that one of their squad cars had been vandalized, its windows smashed.

Anti-Racist Action, which organized the second group of protestors, claim that police responded violently, kicking one demonstrator in the face. Officers confiscated the cameras of activists videotaping the arrests and wiped their memory cards clean, say the ARA.

The EDL website says that the group’s aims are to oppose what it calls the application of Sharia law in the U.K. “The root cause of the problem is the Koran, it’s Islam,” Lennon told the BBC in November. “And no one has got the balls to admit it and say it and talk about it. We will.”

“The EDL has organized violent street marches that target Arab and Muslim people,” read an open letter signed by the organizers of Tuesday’s protest. “They are part of an alarming rise in fascist, racist and neo-Nazi organizing in Europe over the last few years, including attacks on Muslims, immigrants and Roma people.”

“JDL supports the EDL,” says an announcement on the JDL Canadian website. “Now is the time to step forward and stop Political Islam. The British Establishment is following the appeasement policies of Neville Chamberlain,” it reads, a reference to the British prime minister who tried to placate Adolf Hitler, implying that Muslims represent a threat of Nazi proportions.

In Israel, the Kach political party established by JDL founder Rabbi Meir Kahane was banned from running for the Knesset in 1992, due to its racist platform, but in recent years Kahane’s followers have entered the Knesset under different names, and some of Kahane’s proposed policies are now unabashedly espoused by ministers in the current government.

Bernie Farber of the establishment Jewish organization Canadian Jewish Congress, said of the JDL on the CJN website, “As long as they maintain the peace, as long as they do not engage in racist language or hate or violate Canadian law, they have the right to exist.”

Farber said he was disappointed that the JDL would support the EDL because of its record of violence. But, he told the National Post, “Islamic fundamentalism is a real threat.”

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  • jihad bobs dad

    The numbers who attended the event really says it all, “Dozens”.

  • Fnord

    Your readers may be interested in this defense of the EDl from Horowitz-funded Frontpagemag: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/01/19/defending-the-english-defense-league-2/2/

    Favourite comment: “ALL non-Muslims must join together to defend their various interests and civilizations FROM Islam. If Satan himself wanted to join in the battle (though he would not since Islam is in fact his creation) it would be the duty of Christians, Jews and others to work even with him in this battle. Even if NAMBLA wants to join in the battle, as despicable as they are, you need to join with them in the battle against Islam. Islam is an existential threat, all of your other silly little worries, whatever they are, pale in comparison. “

  • Mosizzle

    WisdomtoIslam, you have to be careful not to make a genralisation. Most Jews will condemn the JDL and most British people will condemn the EDL. If we judge an entire group based on the actions of a few extremists, we will be no better than them.

  • http://wisdomtoislam.com WisdomtoIslam

    Despised enemies for centuries since the time of Christ (pbuh), and allies only in the face of the 20th century, united by the racist movement of Zionism.

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  • Slevdi

    @Sir David – British beer is only marginally stronger water. That’s why the soccer fans get so drunk abroad with the much stronger brews they are not used to.

  • Slevdi

    @sourin is right. In the UK, the EDL have frequent demonstrations where the violence is mainly perpetrated by the people protesting against the EDL, exactly like this article describes in Toronto.

    Btw, the EDL were not in Canada. The article says it was a live broadcast, not a live event, so I don’t see how the EDL could have started the violence above.

  • Hassan

    Yeah, this is ridiculous, but it’s less ridiculous when you realize the JDL isn’t the same as the ADL. I made that mistake at first.

    The JDL has always been a skinhead-like fanatic militant group. They used to engage antisemitic gangs in street violence and bombings, i think. At least, that was the public perception of them back in the day.

    The ADl on the other hand is the Anti-defamation league. They’re still sort of self-serving and bigoted, and do support what i’d consider the “wrong people”, while denying and decrying any support for Palestinians. But they’re not outright fascist militants like the EDL or JDL. If the ADL ever joins the EDL, THEN i’ll be surprised.

  • Syed

    The loons are migrating to Canada … LOL

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  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Knowingthe truth
    Its a holiday for them, wonder who paid for the flights?
    As many of them have not the best paid jobs plus drink beer like it was water

  • http://realmofthesphinx.wordpress.com/ The Sphinx

    @Knowing the Truth,

    nowadays people will go to extraordinary lengths to bash them some mooslimbs.

  • KnowingTheTruth

    Why is the EDL in Canada if their group is for England? I really don’t get it.

  • Khushboo

    JDL and EDL are a match made in hell.

  • Sourin Mahbub

    I wish the counter protesters had refrained from such violence. It seems most of the general vandalism is always caused by the demonstrators against the right-wing or far-right protests.

    It really doesn’t send a very credible message out there to the public, when peace-supporting “anti-racist” groups is getting into clashes with the cops while protesting something abominable.

  • NassirH

    Spencer has more ties to terrorism than CAIR could ever dream of (e.g. his days as a radical Marxist, his current support for the EDL which marches with Kahanists, etc).

  • Dehnus

    So to protest against Radical Islam in the UK and Sharia Law in the UK, you are demonstrating in Canada? I don’t get the logic behind it ;).

  • Syed

    “JDL supports the EDL” – Is there any rational reason why a racist supremacist organization would not support another similar one?

  • http://www.facebook.com/britpak Mohammed Abbasi

    relax guys twits exist everywhere lets the rest of us have a nice cup of tea :)

  • Al

    I’m surprised that the general population isn’t aware of the violence both these groups espouse- Good thing for LW and it’s supporters.

  • mindy1

    Why my fellow Jews protesting in favor of hate??? 😯

  • Averroe’s Ghost

    Amazing that these cretins aren’t shipped back to England. The JDL is a cult really and can you believe they are or already did hold a vigil for Meir Kahane at Ground Zero??? And the man was a freakin’ terrorist extraordinare!

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