Inciting to Hatred and Violence
"We are very much prepared for this type of thing [automated messages warning of a] bloodbath [and that] a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered."The recent increases in bomb threats cut a wide swathe throughout the United States and into Canada. Thirty-one Jewish community centres, parochial schools and cemeteries became targets of hatred expressed in vile threats promising death to Jews. A plea went out to U.S. federal authorities to speak loudly and definitively "against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country", by David Posner of the Jewish Community Centre Association of North America.
"Unfortunately, it has happened in the past, but not at the same volume as we're seeing, particularly in the United States."
Ryan Harman, director, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, national community security program
"It's always a shock, but was it unexpected? Not really, because it's been happening all over the States."
"Obviously, the community is responding the way we should, which is, we're not going to let crazies who are trying to make us fearful take over our lives."
Judy Shapiro, associate executive director, Calgary Jewish Federation
"Until they investigate these bomb threats and can find who are the actual culprits, I would hesitate before I would say this is right-wing anti-Semitism that's attributable to what's going on in the States [election of Donald Trump to the presidency]."
"Anti-Semitism is one of the few kinds of hatreds that is agreed upon by far-left and far-right extremists."
Ryan Bellerose, Western Canada advocacy co-ordinator, B'nai Brith
Jews, in particular, would be keenly interested to know why it might be that 'provocateurs' have chosen to step up the usually more low-key expressions of contempt for their communities to create a atmosphere of destabilization and fear, where the threatened centres have to be evacuated, and children guided safely out of their schools until such time as an investigation can be conducted to ensure that they were merely empty threats.
The 'merely' part of the equation overlooks the trauma that inevitably follows such extreme symptoms that anti-Semitism is in fairly good health, held to be useful to those who enjoy nursing their baleful maledictions against those they choose to view as inferior whose perceived differences render their presence among the general population problematical, attributing to their communities all the negative associations they might have gleaned from Mein Kampf or the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Or, far more likelier, the Koran, whose countless passages where Jews are scorned and hatefully described, along with injunctions to the faithful in Islam to destroy them wherever they can be found. Indeed, at the Al Andalous Islamic Centre in Montreal, imam Sheikh Wael Al-Ghitawi preached that Jews were "people who slayed the prophets, shed their blood and cursed the Lord", according to MEMRI. Another imam asked Allah to "destroy the accursed Jews", and "kill them one by one".
These truly are provocations to incite the faithful to violence. In a country which prides itself on its inclusiveness and equality, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Yet in mosques all over North America, there is also a common Friday night prayer which clerics close with; the injunction to the faithful to remain vigilant against non-Muslims through the authority of the Koran:
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And from the Masjid Toronto mosque other expressions of faith and inclusiveness in the Canadian way from clerics invested in infusing Muslims with values emanating from Islam, the religion of peace, where a video has surfaced from last year in which an imam treated the congregants to a prayer which called for the Al-Aqsa mosque to be "purified" of the "filth of the Jews" and to "slay" and "humiliate" infidels and polytheists