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OTTAWA – A Liberal MP is below fireplace for presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to a person one Jewish advocacy group labels a purveyor of anti-Semitism.
B’nai Brith Canada has began a petition demanding that Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid apologize and rescind the federal certificates she offered final week to Amin El-Maoued, the general public relations chief of Palestine House.
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The Jewish group accuses El-Maoued of main a July 2017 rally “laden with hate-filled and anti-Semitic slogans,” together with chants of “Israel and Hitler are the same.”
Palestine House, which describes itself as “an educational, social and cultural centre of the Palestinian-Canadian Community,” misplaced all federal funding in 2012. The Conservative authorities on the time cited what it referred to as a “pattern of support for extremism.”
The B’nai Brith Canada petition asserts that “anti-Semites, racists and bigots of all sorts do not merit recognition from the Canadian government or its elected officials.”
It calls for that Khalid, who couldn’t instantly be reached for touch upon Wednesday, rescind the certificates and apologize to Canadians for what it calls her “insensitive and dangerous actions.”
B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn made the identical demand Tuesday in a letter to Khalid, to which the group says the MP has not responded.
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“It is not only disappointing, but frightening that you would see fit to reward his dalliances with anti-Semitic discourse and incitement, while simultaneously ostensibly working to eliminate all forms of discrimination in Canada,” Mostyn wrote.
“There is simply no reconciling these two worlds. Presenting El-Maoued with official recognition on behalf of the Canadian government both sanitizes and normalizes the anti-Semitic rhetoric and attitudes that he has purveyed and facilitated.”
Khalid acquired hate mail and dying threats final 12 months after initiating a movement calling on the House of Commons to sentence Islamophobia and all different types of discrimination. Conservatives and different critics argued that the non-binding movement would restrict free speech.
Khalid was criticized final April for giving El-Maoued one other award on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at an occasion that featured a Palestinian archbishop who had purportedly defended terrorists and suicide bombings.
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