Canada / 23-08-2012
Waving the Israeli flag in public may incite mass violence, according to a warning given by Toronto policemen to a high school teacher, who arrived on Saturday on his bike holding an Israeli flag to protest against the al-Quds day at the square of the Ontario Parliament.
The policemen stopped the teacher and instructed him to leave, otherwise he would be arrested and become entangled with the law, since carrying the Israeli flag during an Islamic gathering may incite violence. The incident was reported by the "Shalom Toronto" website.
The blazingcatfur.blogspot.ca website provides further reports about the anti-Israeli gathering that took place under the guidance of the Iranian regime. One of the film-strips documents the speech delivered during the event by Zafar Bangash, a journalist and leader of the Shiite Muslim community in Toronto, who heads the Institute of Modern Islamic Thought (ICIT) and serves as the chairman of a mosque in the area of York and as a community coordinator in Richmond Hill.
During last year's Al Quds day, Bangash delivered a speech described as a speech containing antisemitic characteristics, and this year great focus was put on his words, in view of the commitment made by the organizers of the event to prevent expressions of incitement to hatred.
At the opening of his speech, Bangash said that the organizers of the Al Quds day event express their greetings (which he said also in Hebrew), and in order to prove his good intentions he pointed out that he's supported by representatives of the Neturei Karta sect in Canada and activists of Jewish far-left organizations, including "independent Jewish voices", and also Suzan Weiss, whose parents perished in the holocaust. Bangash also said that the presence of said Jews contradicts the claims that participants of the al Quds day are antisemites.
Bangash blamed the Zionists and right-wing journalists (a hint to "Sun News") for spreading islamophobia and added that the fascist media found a clown that heads a one man's organization, and set for him the stage to say his "poisonous" words. He avoided mentioning his name, but one of the participants at the assembly began calling " Tarek, Tarek, shame on you" and insinuated that Bangash was talking about Tarek Fatah.
Bangash presented a challenge to "Zionists" who were demonstrating not far from the location where the gathering was taking place and invited them to confront him in an open place, but at the same time refused to accept the possibility of inviting representatives of the "fascist right-wing media" to such a confrontation, because he claims that they would distort his words, as they did in the previous year.
Bangash claimed that denominating Zionism as racism and apartheid is not antisemitism and he quoted the words of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter against Israeli occupation. In order to reinforce his claim, Bangash provided a "reference" from the words of Israeli Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, against the African infiltrators, and according to Bangash's version (which is incorrect), Ministe Yishai said that "the country belongs to Jews and to the white man".
Bangash also blamed Israel for imposing a blockade on Gaza, the starving of Palestinians, the administrative detentions of thousands of Palestinians, the uprooting of olive trees and the demolition of Palestinian houses. At the end of his speech, Bangash said that Zionists can handcuff the Palestinians, but the handcuffs will say that Palestine will be freed.