Seriously, the Star published this steaming pile of crap.
A Toronto imam was accused of hate-preaching against Jews. But that wasn’t the whole story
“…Elkasrawy now realizes how wrong it was to mention “the Jews,” especially since his intention was to pray for the mosque, not against people.
“If I could say it in a more clear way,” he says, “it would be ‘O Allah, protect the Al-Aqsa mosque from occupation. Or preserve the sacredness of the Al-Aqsa mosque from violation.’”
He said “Jews” is widely used in the Arabic-speaking world to mean “Israeli forces” or “Israeli occupiers,” not as a sweeping reference to all ethnic and religious Jews. But he acknowledges this common usage is problematic. And, he asks, “How is it perceived in my (current) community? It’s something I didn’t take into account.”
He said “Jews” is widely used in the Arabic-speaking world to mean “Israeli forces” or “Israeli occupiers,” not as a sweeping reference to all ethnic and religious Jews.
See he was just misunderstood! Like they always claim when they get caught. “Anti-Zionists” state emphatically that they refer specifically to Zionists and not Jews or Judaism when they vent their hatred of Israel, guess this guy will say he’s been misunderstood again. Only the Star could publish such crap.
More from Scaramouche…
The Toronto Star Whitewashes Islamic Scripture–and an Imam Who Quoted From It–So That It Can Slam/Slander Israel
You have to read this Toronto Star piece in its entirety in order to believe it–and even then you may find it utterly gobsmacking. (I know I did.) In a nutshell, it’s about a Toronto imam who got into hot water when he recited a hateful passage of Islamic scripture, and about how he reached out to some local Jews for absolution. The Star reporter underscores that the whole thing was a big mix-up, since Islamic scripture doesn’t really say mean things about Jews, and, besides, Israel/Zionism/”the Occupation” and its mean-spirited “far right” supporters are the real problem.