Refusal to do so would show that Trudeau supports the egregious decision to give an award to the Public Relations Chief of Palestine-House, an organization that once lost government funding for connections to extremism, and who has said horribly anti-Semitic things about Israel.
A petition by B’nai Brith Canada is drawing attention to the fact that Iqra Khalid gave an award to Amin El-Maoued – the Public Relations Chief of Palestine House.
Here’s what the petition says:
Last Friday, Amin El-Maoued, Public Relations Chief of Palestine House (which lost its federal funding in 2012 because of its “pattern of support for extremism”), posted a photo of Khalid and himself holding up the certificate at an annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
El-Maoued wrote that he was “honoured” to receive the award from the Federal Government of Canada.
B’nai Brith has specifically warned Khalid in the past of associating with the purveyors of antisemitism in the political sphere. On Tuesday, CEO Michael Mostyn sent a strongly worded letter to Khalid insisting she withdraw the certificate.
“It is not only disappointing, but frightening that you would see fit to reward his dalliances with antisemitic 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 antisemitic rhetoric and attitudes that he has purveyed and facilitated. Antisemites, racists, and bigots of all sorts do not merit any recognition from the Canadian government or its elected officials.”
Khalid has not replied to Mostyn’s letter.
Khalid is best known for introducing M-103 to the House of Commons, as part of a bid to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” El-Maoued was investigated by Peel Regional Police for chanting antisemitic slogans at a July 2017 rally in Mississauga. At the same rally, young children were filmed shouting, “Israel and Hitler are the same,” while others in attendance chanted, “With our souls, with our blood, we shall redeem al- Aqsa!”
Mostyn also said “We expect far better judgment from our elected officials and are shocked that this man received not one, but two, separate certificates from the highest level of government, despite being the antithesis of what our government—and country—should stand for.”
Khalid has reportedly still not responded.
And that’s why Justin Trudeau must remove Khalid from the Liberal Caucus.
His refusal to do so would be a tacit admission by him that he agrees with Khalid’s willingness to praise El-Maoued, and it would show that Trudeau is willing to accept his party being involved with hatred and prejudice – so long as he can cover it up politically.
The Opposition, and all Canadians, must demand that Trudeau remove Khalid from the Liberal Caucus immediately. There can be no tolerance for hatred, anti-Semitism, and bigotry of any kind.
Trudeau must act now. Anything less is unacceptable in our Canada.
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