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Why does Canada allow the Nakba Day narrative to go unchallenged?

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In May 2019 the grassroot Zionists of Winnipeg learned of a planned Nakba Day march to city hall, and headed off the surprised protesters as they began their route. Ron East stymied the pro-Palestinian contingent’s hateful chanting by asking why they don’t support the two-state solution. (Photo: File) 

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Naqba/Nakba [“catastrophe”] Day

This annual event “a festival of grievance” as Bassem Eid describes it, was concocted in 1998 by the late Yasser Arafat-an international terrorist mastermind and former head of the P.A. It is celebrated every year on May 15.

For some years now, Canadians have endured the spectacle of annual Naqba Day demonstrations which obscenely vilify the Canadian Jewish community and Israel. “The language used by anti-Israel activists is increasingly inflammatory and violent.” CIJA, May 2021.

The oxy-moronic “festival of grievance” is used by some Palestinians to describe the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the consequent alleged expulsion of Palestinians from Israel that led to the creation of the fake massive refugee population.

2021– During the rally a group of protesters bearing Palestinian flags and anti-Israel signs chanted -originally in Arabic, Praise Allah /Allah the Greatest/ Jews, remember the battle of Khaybar/Zion [Jews] remember of Khaybar/ From Sea [Jordan River, Dead Sea] to Mediterranean] Sea, Palestine is Arab. Robert Spencer, Toronto: Pro-Jihad protesters scream that Jews should remember Muhammad’s massacre of Jews, Jihad Watch, May 22, 2021 (The article explains the massacre of the Jewish community at Khaybar based on The History of Jihad From Mohammad to ISIS)

See also: Jonathan D. Halevi, Toronto Protesters: Jews remember [the battle of] Khaybar, Documentation Project, May 21, 2021 

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As a matter of historical record, Palestinians were not chased from their villages, houses and lands within the 1948 lines and expelled from Israel.

This was recently confirmed by Ibrahim Al Madhoun, a Gazan journalist affiliated with Hamas In an article Al Madhoun published on May 15, 2022 on the Hamas website palinfo.com, he discusses why this occurred in the first place.

Al Madhoun admits that Palestine was lost because Arab countries whose armies invaded the newly established State of Israel during the 1948 War of Independence told the Palestinian residents to leave and they left expecting the victory of the Arab armies to return. Hamas-affiliated journalist: Palestine was lost because Arab countries told the residents to leave, Brief, JNS, May 19, 2022.

Al Madhoun further argues that “many of those same Arab states are pressuring Palestinians to give in…”

See also: Ken Cohen, ‘Nakba Day” mythologizes a catastrophe of self-destruction, JNS, May 24,2022; Varda Meyers Epstein, “You say Nakba, We Say You Fled, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”, Jewish Press, May 6, 2022; Fred Maroun, Nakba Day: a yearly reminder that Palestinians have learned nothing from history, Times of Israel Blog, April 30, 2022; Roi Yellinek and Assaf Malach, How Arab rulers undermined a Palestinian State, Middle East Quarterly (meforum.com), Spring 2022; Daniel Pipes, “Palestine for Syrians?” Commentary, December 1986

Question: Why does Canada, a self-designated “close friend and ally of Israel” allow the celebration of an event, established by Yasser Arafat that has been incontrovertibly admitted to be a fake one on the issue of refugees?

Why do the Prime Minister and his successive ministers of Global Affairs, fail to disallow this annual show? Steven Emerson, Recent ’Nakba’ Protest Showcases Raw Hatred and False Narratives” The Algemeiner, June 23, 2022

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In 2021, there were antisemitic rallies three weeks in a row in downtown Toronto. During the May 15 protest, an event organised by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), an openly pro-terrorism movement, Jewish counter-protestors were harassed and beaten.

Again, in September 2021 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 was facing deportation.

B’nai Brith strongly condemned this ongoing failure to prevent or impose sanctions on hateful rallies targeting Jews and Israeli Jews. Elad Benari, Toronto protesters call for violence against Jews, Arutz Sheva7 8/9/2021

2022Pro-Palestinian protesters target Jewish businesses, shoppers on Canada Day, JNS, July 6, 2022

In the meantime, in Gaza

For the residents, the Gaza war of 2021 began and civil casualties occurred well before May 1. In March 2020, war materials stored in a civilian area exploded.

Nor did the war end on May 11. In July, 2021, a warehouse used by Hamas to store, among other things, explosive materials in a civilian area exploded. This one killed one civilian and injured 14 others including 6 children. Hugh Fitzgerald, Palestinians Accuse Hamas of Storing Weapons in Civilian Areas, Jihad Watch July 27, 2021 and Khaled Abu Taomeh, Palestinians accuse Hamas of storing weapons in residential areas, Jerusalem Post, July 24, 2021.

A small group of pro-Israel supporters in Toronto are seen countering the massive Nakba Day gathering in May 2021; violence soon erupted with Jews targeted in the streets of Toronto for beatings and assaults. (Screencap: Facebook)

The Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, is a Palestinian NGO Network and an umbrella organization comprising 133 member organizations

Al-Mezan issued a statement concerning this and other like cases that reads “…views the explosion incident with grave seriousness, as there have been repeated incidents of internal explosions in houses in overcrowded residential neighborhoods for various reasons in the past, which resulted in the killing of a number of civilians and the destruction of homes and public and private properties.” The statement further stress[ed] “the need to expedite the provision of all forms of assistance and support to those affected.”

Accordingly, Al-Mezan reiterated its call for a serious, comprehensive and transparent investigation into this incident and other similar events, to publish the results of the investigation, and to take the necessary serious measures to ensure that it does not recur in order to preserve the lives and property of citizens.

Palestinian writer Fadel Al-Manasfeh said that it was clear that Hamas chooses popular markets as a safe place for its ammunition warehouses because it knows that Israel does not target such places. He said that Hamas was “confused” by the explosion because one of its weapons warehouses had been discovered. He also pointed out that a similar explosion took place in an open market in the Nuseirat refugee camp last year, killing more than 10 Palestinians and injuring dozens others.

See also: Y Yehoshua and S. Schneidmann, Munitions Cache Explosion at Gaza Market Sparks Renewed Internal Criticism of Hamas’ ‘Contempt for Human Life’, MEMRI, August 26, 2021

The Gazans took their revenge, as little as they may be allowed to do so, when they refused to participate in the carefully orchestrated the so-called “Victory March” led by Yahya Sinwar.

Trudeau has nothing to say about this ongoing human tragedy.

The latest is priceless: A Gazan youth posted a video which states: “We want the Jews to come back here, they are better than the Hamas regime” Baruch Yedid, ”We Want the Jews Back’-Protest against Hamas rule in Gaza simmers beneath surface” TPS, May 31,2022

Based on the manner the Trudeau government handled the Gaza War for the domestic audience it is fair to conclude that:

So long as the present government remains in power, whenever the issue of the Palestinian/Hamas-Israeli conflict and the consequential domestic problems confronting the Jewish community arises- and these will undoubtedly continue to arise in the future, Trudeau will speak for Israel and the Jewish community but only in such a manner so as not to offend the sensitivities of his Muslim constituencies and no further, damned be the facts.

  1. Author/writer Bio in Archive

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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