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It took 3 days and issuing a second statement, for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to finally and publicly admit that there was nothing Islamophobic about the disturbing facts and reports about antisemitism at the core of the May 2021 Nakba Day riots in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada. (Photo: Marty Gold)

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Garneau’s third statement –The Gaza War and the International Criminal Court (ICC)

2011-Canada intervened along with other countries at the International Criminal Court (ICC)   to oppose P.A.’s complaint against Israel alleging war crimes, much against the opposition of the anti-Israeli groups. (cf. infra).

The Gaza war gave renewed impetus to those who believe that Canada is picking and choosing the cases that ought to be brought before ICC in a biased way and that Israel ought to be brought before the ICC: to be tried for the alleged war crimes it committed during the war. 

On February 7, 2021 the Minister issued the following statement: “Canada strongly supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the important work that it does as a key pillar of the-rules based international order. Canada continues to respect the independence of its judges and of the ICC Prosecutor”.

“Canada is firmly committed to a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict etc. (cf. Minister’s the first and second statements)”

“Until such negotiations [between Israel and the P.A] succeed, Canada’s longstanding position remains that it does not recognise a Palestinian state and therefore does not recognize its accession to international treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Canada has communicated this position to the Court on various occasions.”

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Garneau’s and Trudeau’s subsequent pronouncements & comments 

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

The Minister  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.

The way things played out in Canada, 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 while he stayed out of sight.

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 not Islamophobic.

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The second from Trudeau, 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 seemed to have finally and publicly admitted that there was nothing Islamophobic about the disturbing facts and reports about antisemitism.

Yet, the Jewish organisations desperately pleaded for full enforcement of the law in vain. The need was particularly pressing in Toronto where the Police department failed to discharge its duties in accordance with an 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. 

An example of the Jihadi-style event posters relied on by the Palestinian Youth Movement to propagandize Canadian youth. (Photo: File)

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 currently faces deportation. 

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

Trudeau could have marshalled the RCMP and, if needed, the military police to reinforce the Toronto Police department as well other local and regional ones facing similar problems.

He did not.

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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