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Canada: Mosque Mural Encourages Jihad

Toronto Municipality is looking into a mural it funded that includes a call to defeat non-Muslims.


The municipality of Toronto is looking into complaints regarding a wall mural on the Al Tawakul mosque at the corner of Gerard and Greenwood streets in Little India, reports Shalom Toronto.

The mural was painted with the aid of a $17,000 grant from the municipality, and consists of an ornamentally-written passage from the Quran that encourages holy war against infidels.

Reformists from the Canadian Muslim community published a petition in which they called on the mayor of Toronto to remove the mural, because of the meaning of the quoted verse. They said that terrorist Islamist groups like Al Qaeda, the Taliban and the Pakistani army use the same verse to indoctrinate their fighters.

Tarek Fatah writes in the Toronto Sun that according to Quran scholars, the verse, “assistance from Allah is near and the quick victory assured,” is a blessing from Allah to Muslims who are about to achieve a victory against non-Muslims and conquer enemy territory. “This brings us to the question,” he continues, “what is the enemy that the mural in Toronto wants the Muslims to fight against? Where is the non-Arab land that this mural wishes Muslims will conquer and be victorious in? Could it be Canada?”

Lecturers in Toronto University said that the verse is about a historic event in Muslim history and that the word “victory” can be interpreted in different ways, from accomplishments in jihad to overcoming financial woes.

Palestinian Propaganda Invades the Arts in Canada

by Christine Williams

Palestinian propaganda has been ramped up a notch, using the prominent Toronto Film Festivals, in a manipulation of the arts to emotionalize its message. The Sixth Annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) opened on Saturday September 28th, on the heels of the renowned Toronto International Film Festival . Although described as “dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, live musical performances, cuisine and art to audiences,” it is more accurately a propaganda fest that promotes Palestinian victimhood and paints Israel as a criminal. The event is promoted by the Canadian Arab Federation, which has been condemned by the Canadian government for its support of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The TPFF was founded in 2008 as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of Al-Nakba, or “Day of Catastrophe,” as the Palestinians call it, to commemorate May 15th, the day after Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948.

The festival begins with the Canadian premier of Abdallah Salem Omeish’s dramatic and vivid documentary: “The War Around Us,” which recounts the experiences of two Al-Jazeera journalists — Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros — on assignment in Gaza when Israel broke a four-month ceasefire with Hamas to launch a military strike on November 4, 2008, to destroy a tunnel being dug by Palestinians, through which they plan to kidnap Israeli soldiers posted nearby.

Mohyeldin and Tadros, the only reporters covering the violence, captured emotional and horrific footage of dead and injured civilians killed in the shelling, and claim to catch Israel in an alleged lie that only “surgical strikes” were performed. The documentary displays A UN school as one of the targets.

Toronto’s NOW Magazine described the documentary effects as “nervy but ultimately unnecessary; if the footage alone doesn’t whip up your anger, you’re just not paying attention,” while declaring the whole Toronto Palestine Film Festival as, “almost by definition, a political event.”

Also showcased is one of the most distinctive films from the Arab world in recent years, according to the Toronto Star. “When I Saw You,” by Annemarie Jacir, presents the experiences of refugees fleeing the “Arab-Israeli hostilities” that gripped the region in 1967, through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy in a refugee camp in Jordan with his distressed mother. His frustrations soon turn into acts of rebellion as he joins terrorists preparing to head back across the border.

Another film, “Infiltrators,” by Khaled Jarrar will be presented; it is about “Palestinians going over, under and through “the Wall.” The documentary “This Is My Land… Hebron” displays yet another distressing perspective, painting Israelis as human rights abusers. Directors Guilia Amati and Stephen Natanson take viewers into the city of Hebron, where about 600 Israeli settlers and the soldier guarding them are portrayed as making life virtually impossible “for their 160,000 Palestinian neighbours with random curfews, checkpoints and offensive graffiti.”

In advance of this event, a Reel Palestine panel was held on September 9th at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall. It featured a conversation with Palestinian filmmakers at the TIFF, and was co-sponsored by the university’s Cinema Studies Institute.

The propagandist motive of the festival was alluded to by Jackie Reem Salloum, director of one of the documentaries, who told Al Jazeera, “Hollywood doesn’t know anything about the Palestinian issue.” Salloum further advises Palestinian parents to encourage their children to tell their stories through artistic expression and the media.

The arts have historically served as a powerful tool in shaping a culture, and the Toronto Palestine Film Festival uses the arts to demonize the State of Israel. One publication referred to the festival as a collection of stories that depict the “occupier” as inhumane, deceitful and brutal, while Palestinians develop “funding and talent,” and the courage and determination to fight for survival.

Canada: Muslim Cleric Wants To Force All Women In Toronto To Wear Burkas, Head Scarves And Face Veils

But don’t worry, this enlightened Muslim cleric only wants all non-Muslim women to dress like Muslim women because he cares so much for their safety.  Indeed, nothing shows you care more for the inferior sex than blaming them for being sexually assaulted. Because they’re asking for it, right? Besides, if Muslim men are unable to control sexual temptation, then neither can all non-Muslim men, correct? After all, the prophet of Islam said it, so it has to be true. But here’s an idea: Instead of forcing all non-Muslim women to conform to a Muslim dress code, how about we just force all Muslim men to stay indoors? Wouldn’t women then be much, much safer? …

“The worst sin and distraction from virtue that I have left for man is woman” – Prophet of Islam, Mohammed, Sahih AlBukhari, 5096

By Terry Davidson, Toronto Sun – “Canadian laws should be changed to require women to ‘cover themselves’ to prevent sexual assaults, says an Islamic street preacher in Toronto.

Al-Haashim Kamena Atangana, a 33-year-old Islamic convert, called for legal change in response to recent sex attacks at York University.

Atangana is connected with a group called Muslim Support Network and is one of a number of street-corner clerics commonly seen at the Yonge and Dundas Sts.

In an e-mail to the Toronto Sun, Atangana said ‘the reason … these sex attacks are continuously happening is because (of) Canadian laws, which give too much freedom to women’ when it comes to how they dress.

‘You should take your example from the way Muslim women dress,’ he wrote. ‘Why does (sic) Muslim women who wear long dress and covers her head aren’t targeted for sex attacks?’

The clash between western culture and values and the beliefs of some Muslim adherents has been a source of controversy and conflict across North America.

Atangana, who plans to distribute his views on paper in the coming weeks, went on to state that ‘the reason … a woman gets raped is because of the way she (dresses),’ and suggests that ‘Toronto (become) the first city in North America to introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively.’

If Toronto did this, Atangana said in an interview, other Canadian cities would follow suit.

‘If (women) want to prevent being sexually assaulted, they should cover themselves,’ said Atangana, adding that while he doesn’t expect Western women to dress as Muslim women do, they should have a ‘dress code’ and take note of the burka the head scarf and face veil some Muslim females wear.” Read more.

Flashback: Islamic Law: Women, Don’t Come To Mosque Unless You’re Ugly – “Apparently a full veil isn’t enough. Maybe the superior gender is temporarily granted x-ray vision the moment they enter a mosque. Remember, a Muslim man possesses twice the intelligence of a women, so don’t question this enlightened logic. Just do everything you can to look as ugly as possible. Think of it as a contest. Otherwise, you might cause another earthquake …” Read more.