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The Trudeau Government’s Fake Fight Against Antisemitism- Part 26

Antisemitic allegations, actions and undercurrents in the House of Commons and beyond

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Nathaniel Veltman of London, Ontario charged with four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempt murder. At the vigil, Munir El-Kassem, imam of the Islamic Centre of Southwestern Ontario, tried to blame Israel. Justin Trudeau did not rebuke him. (Photo: CBC/YouTube)

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On November 7, 2017, Bradley Martin, published a piece in the Jerusalem Post where he wrote: “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Trudeau, Canada has become a more dangerous place for Jews”.

He illustrated his proposition with the case of Ayman Elkasrawy a former teaching assistant and a junior imam employed by the mosque Masjid in Toronto, who in 2016 called for the genocide of Jew ass. He prayed: “Oh Allah! Count their number, slay them one by one and spare not one of them. O Allah! Purify the Al-Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews!” Martin was also upset by the fact that the Toronto Star published a disgraceful article defending the imam.                                     

In 2018 at a rally in downtown Toronto, Sheikh Shafiq Huda called for the eradication of Israelis. His hateful comments became the subject of a police complaint. In the House of Commons, the Prime Minister condemned Huda’s comments; stated that they were unacceptable. He did not demand him to apologise.

This is the one and only instance where the Prime Minister criticised an imam’s antisemitic or other kinds of hateful comments prejudicial to his social engineering of Canada’s diversity and inclusion which he champions.

In 2018, Trudeau  issued an official letter strongly supporting “Palestine Day” which  was held in  Canada’s Parliament building, coinciding with “Land Day” (an annual event calling for the annihilation of Israel). That year’s event featured anti-Israel activists calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.

In 2020, Trudeau refused to condemn publicly the poisonous antisemitic remarks made in his presence by a London imam and medical doctor Munir-El Kassem at the closing of the memorial service , to mark and honour the memory of the four members of a Pakistani family of London, Ontario killed by a 20 year-old  man who is not Jewish.

The service was attended by an estimated crowd of 10,000 which comprised a great number of the members of the local Jewish community, and carried live nationally on major Canadian news networks. 

To loud applause, El-Kassem declared:

“There’s a reason why they say the world is a small village. Every country has a foreign policy. I just want to say, whatever is happening in Jerusalem and Gaza is related to whatever happened in London, Ontario, period.”

Never mind the fact that local Jewish community members were helping their Muslim neighbours to get through the trauma of the tragedy.

B’nai Brith responded the same day through Twitter: “linking this horrible crime to Jews or Israel is an irresponsible and inflammatory act.”

Next day CIJA sent out a new message on Twitter: “This is incendiary and dangerous,” especially in light of “false conspiracy theories circulating about the attack being perpetrated by a Jew”.

Likewise, in 2021, Trudeau did not publicly or otherwise take to task and discipline his M.P. Chandra Arya, for his grossly antisemitic behaviour (infra.)

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Prime Minister’s apology                                                                                                    

In November 2018, in  the House of Commons, Trudeau made “long overdue apology” for the Mackenzie King  Government for refusing entry to the 907 German Jewish passengers of MS St. Louis and its callous antisemitic bar to the admission of Jewish refugees between 1933 and 1945. Trudeau stated that, Canada ultimately opened its door at the end of the war [after King retired in 1948] and started to take Jewish refugees at the same rate as other refugees. For the full text of Justin Trudeau’s St. Louis apology, see: CJN November 7, 2018.

In anticipation of the apology, B’nai Brith Chief Executive Michael Mostyn concluded: On Wednesday, Canada has a historic opportunity to do more than merely apologize for the MS. St. Louis. The Jewish community needs commitment and concerted action on the part of the government to combat the rising tides of anti-Semitism so that, hopefully, there will be no need for apologies in the future.

Regrettably at present, in the light of rising numbers and rate of antisemitic hate, in schools, universities, in the  federal  bureaucracies and the Canadian society at large Mostyn’s hope seems rather optimistic.

The omission in Trudeau’s apology

What Trudeau did not mention nor tender the government’s apology for is the well-established fact that the so-called “non-Jewish German nationals” admitted to Canada comprised a large number of Nazi-war criminals  and more particularly those who assisted, operated  and collaborated with the Nazis in eastern Europe.

The government admitted in 1997 that in 1950, at the request of the U.K. which did not want them, Canada admitted more than 2000 members of the Ukrainian 14th division Waffen-SS, the “Galicia” division. 

In making this request, the British gave Canada assurances that these SS Ukrainians had not committed war crimes, without any evidence to substantiate their claim. Again in 1997, the CBS program 60 Minutes, presented a report titled “Canada’s dark secret” which informed the audience that 1000 SS and their Nazi collaborators originating from the Baltic states were admitted to Canada and that an Israeli investigator presenting himself as a university researcher had obtained the confidence and confessions of 58 war criminals from Eastern Europe, seven of which admitted to have killed Jews.

“These people lived openly, under their own for over 50 years and died surrounded by their families and kin”.  Normand Lester, ”Ottawa a donné refuge a des milliers de criminels de guerre Nazis”, Le Journal de Montréal, Perspective Le Poigne de Mire, July 24 2019 and June 12, 2022

Normand Lester further reported that the German TV program Panorama   informed the audience that 1882 German criminals of war who settled in Canada were, for inexplicable reasons, receiving the German State’s “pension for victims” despite the fact that the law did not allow war criminals to benefit from this pension.  

“A new biography of the former prime minister, whom Canadians have long been taught to regard as a great liberal politician, reveals that as a youth and young man, Mr. Trudeau was an anti-Semite, admired fascist dictators such as Hitler and Mussolini, promoted revolution and longed for an independent and Catholic Quebec that would be home only to francophones.” Robert Sibley, The Ottawa Citizen, May 31, 2006. (Photo: CBC/YouTube)

This brings me to the late Pierre-Elliott Trudeau who despite the repeated demands of the Canadian Jewish organisations was steadfast in his refusal to direct the appropriate investigations and to prosecute the war criminals.

P.E. Trudeau was a staunch critic of the war-time draft. For a time, he wore a German army helmet in his rounds about town in his motorcycle.

More to the point, in 1942, in a speech he gave in support of candidate Jean Drapeau who also opposed mandatory draft, Trudeau denounced the “disgusting dishonesty” of the Liberal government of Mackenzie King in declaring war against Germany in 1939. Normand Lester, supra.

Irving Abella, professor of history at York University and co-author of the book “None is Too Many” which documents the sordid record of callous antisemitism of the successive McKenzie King governments to which Justin Trudeau’s apology refers, interviewed P.E. Trudeau on this matter.

Trudeau justified his refusal to Abella that the matter of war criminals would move the antagonisms of the “Old World” to Canada; he added that the prosecution of war criminals would exacerbate the tensions between East Europeans and the Jews of Canada. Normand Lester, supra.

What Trudeau, the father, failed to mention is that both the Jewish community and those to which war criminals belonged, voted for the federal Liberal Party. Normand Lester, supra.  

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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