Canada / 11-05-2012
Toronto - A Toronto Islamic school’s teaching materials, which have prompted a police hate crimes investigation because of their portrayal of Jews, were originally published by Iranian organizations, records show.
The passages of the East End Madrassah’s texts that drew the most widespread condemnation are excerpts from two books, including one published by the Al Balagh Foundation in Iran.
The other book, which contrasts Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis,” was published by the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, which the U.S. alleges was a front organization for the Iranian government.
Jewish community groups were disappointed to learn that materials from Iran - whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is known for his antisemitism, Holocaust denial and threats against Israel - had found their way into Canadian school texts.
“As Canadians, we are deeply troubled at the notion that children in our country are learning from materials published by an organization that, according to the FBI, is directly controlled by the Ayatollahs of Iran,” said David Koschitzky, chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
“We urge the Toronto District School Board - and all public institutions that house related programs - to ensure that radical, theocratic regimes that are hostile to our values are not permitted in our public schools.”