If Canada is going to prosecute every anti-Semitic imam, Canadian authorities are going to have to make many more arrests, for the anti-Semitism that Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri and others like him express is rooted in the Qur’an. Canada and all other Western countries are in the anomalous position of inviting Muslims into the country and celebrating the practice of Islam, while treating some expressions of mainstream Qur’anic Islam as criminal activity. This is going to come to a head sooner or later, and either non-Muslim authorities will make clear that the aspects of Islam that contradict Western values are not welcome and will not be permitted, or they will surrender altogether.
And so it continues.
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre (FSWC) has filed a hate-speech complaint with Toronto police about yet another imam who recently allegedly called for the elimination of Israelis and Jews at an annual protest known to promote anti-Semitism.
Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri of the Pickering-based Council of Islamic Guidance and the corresponding Al Mahdi Centre allegedly told the June 24 Al Quds Day rally in a combination of English and Arabic that Jews and Israelis need to be eliminated for what they’ve apparently done to the people of Gaza.
“The systematic elimination of Jews … Israelis, Zionists should know … It is the law that whoever oppresses, he has to be eliminated. One day or another,” the imam is heard saying to the crowd, several of whom are waving anti-Israel placards.
FSWC CEO Avi Benlolo said the complaint was filed two weeks ago with Toronto police hate crimes unit after their staff videotaped the proceedings of the event, which occurred at the Toronto-owned park north of Wellesley St. and Queen’s Park proper. He said some 2,000 people attended, including students and youngsters.