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After the Nakba Day march in Toronto on May 15, 2021, Jews were hunted down and beaten on the streets by supporters of Gaza and the P.A. (Screencap: Facebook)

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Garneau’s subsequent comments and replies to questions in the House of Commons

In the give and take of the House of Commons, something new entered the comments and replies of Marc Garneau.

Then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Garneau – as well as the Prime Minister – started to make statements to the effect that antisemitism has no place in Canada, condemning it with an interesting twist by coupling antisemitism with Islamophobia.

What Islamophobia had to do with antisemitism in the context of the Gaza war was and still is hard to figure out.

During the continuing antisemitic riots and violence Trudeau made two official short statements.

The first dated May 16, 2021 stated: “Everyone has the right to assemble peacefully and express themselves freely in Canada- but we cannot and will not tolerate antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind. We strongly condemn the despicable rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this week-end.”

Once again, the rhetoric and violence was antisemitic. It was definitely not Islamophobic or hate of any other kind.

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The second dated May 19 stated: “I am deeply disturbed by recent reports of antisemitic acts in Montreal and across the country. This intimidation and violence is absolutely unacceptable- it must stop immediately. There is no place for of any kind in Canada.”

Long last, he finally admitted that there was nothing Islamophobic about the disturbing facts and reports about antisemitism.

Well, the Jewish organisations desperately pleaded for full enforcement of the law in vain. The need was particularly pressing in Toronto where the city’s Police Department failed to discharge its duties in accordance with existing policy.

More specifically, the Toronto Police Department failed to comply with the policy of the City of Toronto which provides that “Public space, facilities and properties within the jurisdiction of the City of Toronto will not be available or accessible to any individual or group that promotes views and ideas which are likely to promote discrimination, contempt or hatred for any person or group on the basis of race, citizenship, ancestry or legion, among other grounds”.

To B’nai Brith’s knowledge, this policy has never been carried out against antisemitic demonstrations in Toronto. Nor was the policy enforced for the massive protests that occurred for three weeks in a row in May and the week earlier, in downtown Toronto.

During the May 15, 2021 protest, an event organised by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), an openly pro-terrorism movement, Jewish counter-protestors were beaten and harassed.

Again the policy was not enforced in September 2021 when the same movement organised yet another mass demonstration in downtown Toronto during which among other anti- Israeli slogans, protesters also chanted for Israel’s complete destruction and the expulsion- or worse- of its Jewish population. One of the speakers at the event was Issam al-Yamani, a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group who faced deportation.

B’nai Brith strongly condemned this ongoing failure to prevent or impose sanctions on hateful rallies targeting Israeli Jews. (Elad Benari, Toronto protesters call for violence against Jews, Arutz Sheva 7, 8/9/2021)

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Lack of courage

During all this time, Trudeau did not have the moral/political courage to face the nation in person to condemn the thugs that were perpetrating antisemitic crimes and to publicly demand the provincial governments to take all the necessary measures to put an end to this shameful state of national affairs.

And failing that, Trudeau could have publicly undertaken to marshal the RCMP and/or the military police to help the Toronto Police department as well other local and regional ones facing similar problems.

When push comes to shove, so much for the Prime Minister’s slogan of “diversity, equity and inclusion”.

I suggest that, where diversity is not self-evidently based on common goals and equity and inclusion serves political calculus , it would be by far preferable to drop the slogan and instead to pursue “diversity with common goals for each and all”: i.e. trustworthiness, honesty, respect compassion, fair, caring and engagement.

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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