Muslim leaders called on Friday for an international force to be deployed to protect Palestinians after dozens of protesters were shot dead by Israeli forces on the Gaza border this week.
At a special summit in Turkey convened by President Tayyip Erdogan, they also pledged to take “appropriate political (and) economic measures” against countries that followed the United States in moving their Israel embassies to contested Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
A Syrian refugee couple who threatened their adult daughter with an honour killing for dating a Canadian man have made a plea deal with New Brunswick prosecutors that will save them from possible deportation back to their war-ravaged homeland.
Ahmad Ayoub, 52, and his wife Faten, 48, were freed this week after 72 days in jail, after pleading guilty to uttering threats as a summary conviction offence, and being sentenced to time served.
“You had to know how to slice a head off”
John Ivison is normally a water-carrier for the Liberals but he raises some interesting points here:
Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, his nom de guerre, talked in a disconcertingly bland North American accent about being taught how to behead people. “You had to know how to slice a head off,” he said.
He then depicted a group execution, in which he shot a middle-aged Muslim man in the back of the head. “It’s justified – you’re not going to be held accountable,” he said he told himself.
On another occasion, he took part in a community killing, stabbing a drug dealer in the heart. “The blood was warm and it sprayed everywhere,” he said. “I had to stab him multiple times.”
He said the second killing left him feeling “disgusted” and determined to return to his parents in Canada. He escaped to Turkey, and then on to his grandparents’ home in Pakistan. He eventually made his way home to Canada, telling immigration authorities at the airport that he’d spent the past 10 months at university in Pakistan. “I said it in a way so that it didn’t seem I was lying,” he said.
The only positive in all this is that he said he would never return to a life of violence. “No, I’ve come too far from it,” he said.
But, regardless of his conversion to a more harmonious world-view, it should not be overlooked that there is a self-confessed killer on the loose in Canada’s biggest city – one who lied to immigration officials to get into the country. …
The Charter changes everything in Canada. British defence secretary Gavin Williamson sparked a debate in the U.K. after he said a “dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain”. Opinion polls suggested that 35 per cent of Britons felt jihadis should be treated as enemy combatants, making them legitimate targets, 42 per cent favoured stripping them of citizenship and only 11 per cent said they should be brought home to face sentencing and rehabilitation.
With the first two options off the table for the Canadian government, prosecution, monitoring and rehabilitation are the only tools left in the kit.
The vast majority of Canadians favour prosecution but cautious intelligence agencies and wary prosecutors mean the Public Prosecution Service has only charged two individuals to date.
The Huzaifa case is surely an opportunity to improve that strike rate.
Contrary to his own assertion as he pulled the trigger, the law demands he is held accountable.
If the justice system won’t prosecute in such an apparent slam-dunk case, what chance convictions in more contentious litigation?
I guess one should not be surprised:
A man with schizophrenia who attacked soldiers at a military recruitment centre in Toronto was acquitted of terror charges and found not criminally responsible for lesser offences on Monday as a judge ruled his actions didn’t fit the intended scope of the country’s terrorism laws.
Ayanle Hassan Ali’s radical religious and ideological beliefs were largely the result of his mental illness, Judge Ian MacDonnell found as he ordered the 30-year-old to remain at a forensic psychiatry unit while plans for his care could be determined.
“While it is common ground that the defendant had become radicalized, there is no evidence of any connection between him and any other person or group in relation to the attack,” MacDonnell said.
“The intention of Parliament in enacting (the relevant terror legislation) was … not to capture the kind of lone-wolf criminal behaviour engaged in by the defendant,” he added.
Ali’s attack was nonetheless a “deeply disturbing assault on one of the pillars of Canadian peace and security,” MacDonnell said, as he found him not criminally responsible for attempted murder, assault and weapons offences.
At least two military personnel were left with minor injuries after Ali entered a recruitment centre in north Toronto in March 2016 and began slashing at people with a kitchen knife.
Ali had pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm and one count of carrying a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence, all in association with, for the benefit, or at the direction of a terror organization.
The poem included such lines as “hijab to me means jihad, so keep that [expletive] out of the country I love.”
Zero Mortgage Halal Financing: it’s a great deal, with interest rates on mortgages, loans and credit cards. lower then any bank. 2.9% on all three. But it is not offered to just anyone. You have to be a practicing Muslim to get in on the deal.
A Quebec Superior Court justice promised on Friday to deliver a ruling as soon as possible regarding a request for a temporary suspension of Quebec’s controversial face-covering law.
Justice Babak Barin heard arguments on a challenge of the legislation, known as Bill 62, which forces people to remove face coverings when receiving or giving a public service.
Marie-Michelle Lacoste, a Quebec woman who wears the veil, as well as the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association launched the challenge last week.
Lawyer Catherine McKenzie asked the court for a temporary suspension of the section of the law that forces public sector employees and private citizens to have their face uncovered when giving or receiving public services.
McKenzie argued the article in question violates the right to equality and freedom of religion, which are guaranteed by the Quebec and Canadian charters, and should be declared invalid.
She said the matter is urgent, given the significant impact on Muslim women who wear the veil on a daily basis.
McKenzie added the damages to those women would be irreparable.
A man facing several counts of attempted murder after a police officer was hit with a car and stabbed by an assailant is to face two psychiatric assessments.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was charged after a speeding car rammed through a barrier at a Canadian Football League game in Edmonton on Sept. 30 and sent an officer flying five metres through the air.
The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Const. Mike Chernyk.
Four pedestrians were hit and injured hours later when the driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit sped down Jasper Avenue, one of Edmonton’s main streets.
A judge has agreed with Sharif’s lawyer that initial evidence suggests Sharif’s mental health needs to be assessed.
Sharif is next to appear in court on Dec. 13.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared incredulous Wednesday at Quebec’s efforts to clear up confusion surrounding its law on religious neutrality, which is widely seen as targeting Muslim women who wear face veils.
The province’s justice minister said last week Bill 62 would oblige people riding a bus or the subway to do so with their face uncovered for the entire journey.
On Tuesday, however, Stephanie Vallee backtracked, saying only those whose fare requires a card with photo ID will need to uncover their face before riding public transit — and that they can put the veil back on once they’ve been identified.
Asked specifically in Ottawa about Vallee’s clarifications, Trudeau replied: “You call those clarifications?”
Yes, Justin, she does, because she is an educated Westerner in what should be a First World Western country that eschews the eradication of identity based on how girlish one is.
His efforts to appear to be in charge only underscore his impotence and pandering.
Pascal Bruckner, the French philosopher, who has spent a great deal of time working on this issue, summarizes his opinion in a few words: “There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia. Critique of religion is a fundamental Western right, not an illness.” …
The word Islamophobia originated in the early 20th century. An early use was in a French biography of Muhammad (“islamophobie”). Sometimes it was used internally, within Islam, to identify a fear of Islam felt by liberal Muslims and Muslim feminists, rather than a fear or dislike of Muslims by non-Muslims. It was given an official imprimatur in 2004 when Kofi Annan, then the UN Secretary-General, said the word Islamophobia had to be coined in order to “take account of increasingly widespread bigotry.” From there on it was part of language, a word of dubious value.
On Sunday, an Islamist leader in Australia compared the plight of Muslims in the West today to that of Jews in Germany leading up to the Holocaust. He suggested that Muslims face the same fear and hatred that led Adolf Hitler to try to exterminate the Jews, and warned that a similar evil might be employed against Muslims in the near future.
A sign has appeared outside a cemetery in the Quebec town of Saint-Honoré with an unmistakeable message, “Saguenay ville blanche.” The sign appeared shortly after the local Muslim association said it would attempt to revive a two-year-old plan to have space for Muslim burials in the town’s cemetery.
The incident isn’t the first time the “Saguenay ville blanche” sign has been found. According to the Montreal Gazette, a similar sign appeared in 2014, along with xenophobic stickers.
The town’s mayor has spoken out against the message behind the sign. In comments made to CBC, Saint-Honoré Mayor Bruno Tremblay said, “To have signs like this on our territory, it’s unacceptable.” The mayor was reportedly having breakfast at a diner when other patrons told him about the sign.
“In 2017, we need to be more open-minded than that,” said Tremblay, adding that he had sent a work crew out to take the sign down. “Whether it’s a Muslim cemetery or a Catholic cemetery, or both, what does it change? … We’re all humans.”
Much of the focus on cemetery spaces for the Muslim community only came to light after Alexandre Bissonnette killed of six worshippers at a Quebec City mosque while they were praying, one of the worst mass shootings in the country in years.
The posting of the sign comes at an time of increased polarization between Quebecers and Muslims residents of the province. Last week, residents of another small town in the province, Saint-Apollinaire, voted against overturning zoning laws to allow the construction of a cemetery space for Muslims.
On July 2, a controversy erupted over a group of Muslims praying in public at the Parc Safari zoo in Hemmingford, Quebec. According to one of the zoo’s spokespersons, the Muslims didn’t solicit other visitors, were not disrupting other guests or animals, and didn’t block any paths.
Nonetheless, some individuals objected to these Muslims praying in public after a video of their activities was posted on Facebook. Commentators posted statements like: “Can you just do this in your living room and not impose it on me please!” and “Go live your faith in your mosques, outside no one is interested.” Some went so far as to call for a boycott of the zoo.
Parc Safari president Jean-Pierre Ranger responded laudably to these comments. Having operated the zoo for the better part of 45 years, he said he was not about to change how he runs his business: “I’m very proud of what Parc Safari stands for and nobody is going to tell us how to behave, whether they’re Muslim or any other faith, or those do-gooders that think they can run the world.”
Yet, it’s troubling that some individuals fail to understand that a free society allows public expression of religious faith. The people who would like the government to ban strong criticism of Islam exhibit similar misunderstandings. While these two groups may have different reasons for wanting to limit expression, both are animated by a desire to restrict freedoms that Canadians enjoy.
“People are demoralized. Outraged. They’re outraged at how come only 19 people can decide the fate of thousands of people,” Hassan Guillet told CBC News on Monday morning.
Guillet said it’s important to recognize the decision was not a rejection of the Muslim community in Quebec, but rather the rejection of the creation of a cemetery by the people who live adjacent to the proposed project.
Still, he expressed his personal disappointment, saying he believed the area was well situated for a burial ground.
“I was very sad. Surprised and especially very sad and upset.”
Only residents who lived adjacent to the proposed site were allowed to cast ballots. The vote was 19-16 against the cemetery, with one spoiled ballot.
Quebec Muslims currently bury people in a cemetery in Laval. After the Quebec City mosque shooting last January, the mayor of the city vowed to create a burial ground for Muslims.