“The Toronto conference contains an impressive array of radicals from a variety of different, competing strains of Sunni Islam and Sunni Islamism,” according to Sam Westrop, director of Islamist Watch.
(December 22, 2022 / JNS) On Dec. 23, hundreds will gather to hear from two dozen “distinguished scholars and presenters” from the Muslim world — who are actually radical Islamists — as part of the 2022 “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The annual Islamic conference has become one of North America’s largest Islamic gatherings and the largest Islamic conference in Canada.
According to Sam Westrop, director of Islamist Watch (a project of Middle East Forum), two-thirds of the 24 listed speakers have a history of promoting extremism.
“The Toronto conference contains an impressive array of radicals from a variety of different, competing strains of Sunni Islam and Sunni Islamism,” writes Westrop.
The radical Islamist speakers include Tariq Jamil, Zaid Shakir, Yasir Qadhi, Siraj Wahhaj, Omar Suleiman, Mokhtar Maghraoui, Ubaydullah Evans, Yahya Rhodus, Hussain Kamani, Abdul Nasir Jangda, Yasmin Mogahed, Ieasha Prime, Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawathari and Joram Van Klaveren.
While ideological divisions have hampered many Western Islamist activists during the past year, this particular clerical gathering appears to have avoided the same fate. Following its annual convention in September 2022, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was denounced by furious Islamists and leftist activists for supposedly deviating from Islam and not taking a hard enough line against the U.S. government.
For long, the powers that be have insisted that Islamophobia—defined as “unfounded fear of and hostility towards Islam”—is the root of all problems between Muslims and non-Muslims in the West. Speaking last May, Joe Biden lamented that “so many Muslims [are] being targeted with violence. No one, no one should [be] discriminated against or be oppressed for their religious beliefs…. Muslims make our nation stronger every single day, even as they still face real challenges and threats in our society, including targeted violence and Islamophobia that exists.”
The accusation is that, based on a number of negative stereotypes concerning Muslims—for example, that they are violent, hostile, and uncivilized—Americans have come to dislike and fear Muslims; and this, in turn, makes Muslims resentful and eventually lash out.
A recent poll, however, has completely overturned this position (not, of course, that the powers that be will acknowledge it). As it happens, Muslims—they who know Islam more than anyone else—are more Islamophobic than non-Muslims in America; they are more, not less, prone to believing that fellow Muslims are violent, hostile, and uncivilized.
The poll was conducted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), a Muslim think tank headquartered in Dearborn. Its findings were so inescapable that ISPU—whose entire existence revolves around presenting Muslims as victims of Islamophobia in America—had to conclude that, “over time, Islamophobia has declined among other groups but has increased among Muslims.”
Consider the following excerpts from the report (while taking certain words and phrases employed by the Muslim think tank—such as “tropes” and “false notions”—with a grain of salt):
Muslims, themselves, are by far the most Islamophobic group when it comes to the false notion that Muslims are more prone to violence than others. One-quarter of American Muslims (24%) somewhat or strongly agree with this trope, which is at least about two times more likely than other groups. In comparison, 9% of Jews, 8% of Catholics, 11% of Protestants, 12% of white Evangelicals, 13% of the nonaffiliated, and 9% of the general public agree with the idea that Muslims are more prone to violence than others…. Roughly one-quarter of Arab Muslims (23%) agree that Muslims are more prone to violence than others….
American Muslims (19%) are more likely to agree with this idea [that “most Muslims living in the US are hostile to the US”] than are Jews (4%), Protestants (10%), the nonaffiliated (7%), and the general public (8%).…
[Then there is] the erroneous idea that most Muslims living in the United States are less civilized than other groups. Again, we find that Muslims exhibit higher levels of endorsement of this trope with American Muslims nearly three times more likely than white Evangelicals to do so. Nearly one in five Muslims (19%) agree with this trope, compared with 5% of Jews, 6% of Catholics, 5% of Protestants, 7% of white Evangelicals, 5% of the nonaffiliated, and 5% of the general public. The 19% of Muslims who agree with this idea includes 11% who ‘strongly agree’ compared with 1-2% of all other groups surveyed.
These findings are eye opening to say the least. Remember, the entire premise of Islamophobia is that, in their ignorance of “true Islam,” xenophobic Americans are prone to stereotyping Muslims as violent, hostile, and uncivilized. Yet, behold the truth: no one segment of the American population sees Muslims as violent, hostile, and uncivilized as much as those who are best acquainted with everything to do with being Muslim—that is, Muslims themselves.
Perhaps it is fitting to close by returning to Biden, and his claims that Muslims are perpetual victims of Islamophobia and violence: When, on August 5, 2022, a fourth Muslim man was killed in Albuquerque, Biden rushed to exploit these murders in furtherance of his narrative, tweeting: “These hateful attacks have no place in America,” thus implying American “Islamophobia” was the driver of these murders.
Then reality hit: the murderer was himself a Muslim—and thus one more reminder why Muslims are so Islamophobic, rightly fearing fellow Muslims.
We are always being admonished to listen to Muslims. When it comes to evaluating which aspects of Islam are “tropes” and which are not, perhaps we should start.
In this study you will learn that the true historical fulfillment of the 5th trumpet represents our Lord raising up the Saracen (Muslim) army to attack the Roman Empire for 150 years from 612 – 672 A.D.
The 6th Trumpet represents the rise of the Turkish Empire, which God used to subjugate the remaining “third part” of the area of Pagan Roman Empire.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was unquestionably the greatest civil rights leader of our time. Last month, Tampa, Florida honored his legacy with a parade through the city. Part of this legacy was King’s unabashed support of the Jewish state. Ironically, one of the groups permitted to join the parade was the Islamic Community of Tampa (ICT), a mosque that has its roots in anti-Israel terror. ICT’s participation in this event is an extreme example of how US Islamists have been working hard to co-opt King’s legacy. The organizers must be taken to task for allowing such a desecration and not properly vetting those involved. It should never happen again.
On January 17th, the City of Tampa hosted its 2022 MLK Parade, after being on hiatus for a while as a result of Covid. Hundreds of onlookers were treated to dancers, floats and bands, and just like in most parades, local groups were able to participate. One of these groups, the United Muslim Delegation, had within it a number of well-known radical Muslim institutions, including the Hamas-linked CAIR, the South Asian terror-associated Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and ICT, a.k.a. Masjid Al-Qassam, which was/is founded and directed by members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
Al-Qassam was created in 1985 by Sami al-Arian, then-North American leader of PIJ, and incorporated in 1992. The mosque was named after Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, the man who was the inspiration for the founding of PIJ. Today, al-Arian resides in Turkey, where he was deported in February 2015. The current Director of the mosque is al-Arian’s former PIJ colleague, Hatem Fariz. As a result of the 2005 federal trial against them and others, both Fariz and al-Arian were convicted of providing material support to PIJ.
According to the indictment, al-Arian and Fariz “conspired… to commit offenses against the United States… by making and receiving contributions of funds, goods, and services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”
On all the materials made for their “United Muslim” parade group, such as fliers, t-shirts and banners, ICT is listed and positioned on top and first. In fact, the parade goers from all of the delegation sponsors were told that, on the morning of the event, they were to meet at ICT for a caravan heading to the parade and park in the lot of ICT’s children’s school, the American Youth Academy (AYA). Furthermore, a number of the other key participants of the delegation have major ties to ICT, themselves.
One of the organizers for the United Muslim Delegation was Hassan Sultan, the President and founder of The Muslim Connection (TMC), which was one of the sponsors of the delegation. For nearly a decade, Sultan has given khutbahs (sermons) at ICT and has worked closely with ICT’s director, Hatem Fariz, and imam, Ahmad Sharaf. Sultan, as well, has been a contact for ICT, and his group, TMC, coordinates events with ITC. In September 2013, TMC advertised a ‘FAST-A-THON’ featuring future CAIR leader and convicted sex predator Ahmad Saleem, which is still up on TMC’s Facebook page.
One parade participant was Zaid Abdelrahim, a former educator at ICT and AYA, who in August 2016, was honored by the two with a ‘Most Inspirational Teacher’ award. In December 2017, he posted on Facebook the following offensive message: “If Hitler killed six million Jews who were European Jews, then give the Jews a piece of Germany NOT of Palestine.” In April 2019, he posted a video of anti-Semite Rick Wiles spewing the libel about Jews owning the media. Wiles asked, “Who planted into our minds, here in America, that we should hate and kill Muslims?… [A]fter 9/11… we were saturated with media propaganda. Who owns the media in this country?”
Another co-sponsor of the Muslim delegation for the parade was the Florida chapter of CAIR, an organization that has had many dealings with ICT and its leadership. At a 2017 CAIR-Florida media brunch, CAIR-Florida’s former Executive Director, Hassan Shibly, declared that CAIR depends on ICT for “programs, fundraising” and more. He stated, “Really, we couldn’t do the work without the tremendous support we get from the mosque.”
The delegation leader of the parade was Jarvis Karim El-Amin, the Vice Chairman of Masjid an-Nasr, which will be sponsoring a talk this month by ‘Unindicted Co-Conspirator’ of the ’93 World Trade Center bombing, Siraj Wahhaj. El-Amin spends much time preoccupied with matters of race, like him telling people to only support “black-owned businesses” or posting jokes on social media on how the legal system “destroys colors.” In November 2021, he posted what appears to be an anti-Semitic cartoon on Facebook labeling Masons (and Jews) “criminals.” The illustration was published by James K. Warner, ex-National Secretary of the American Nazi Party (ANP).
The Palestinian terror-linked ICT and the rest of the delegation’s interest in MLK is, no doubt, a way for them to co-opt King’s legacy and attempt to rewrite history. King was a good friend to the Jewish community and to Israel. In March 1968, days prior to his death, he said, “[W]e must stand with all our might to protect [Israel’s] right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”
While King was alive, many Muslims who cared about black civil rights, gravitated more towards militants like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael (a.k.a. Kwame Ture). King was viewed as too restrained. Khalid Griggs, the Vice President of ICNA, also one of the Muslim parade delegation sponsors, stated about his early views of King, “[T]here was something about the philosophy that Dr. King was promoting and that was a non-violent civil disobedience that, at that particular moment, did not resonate with me… I was being influenced by others… For some reason, myself and others felt that Dr. King was lacking in courage… that Dr. King was a coward.”
In truth, the groups that make up the Muslim delegation would more likely wish to destroy or in the very least distort King’s legacy, trying to make it resemble something that is more towards their own fanatical beliefs, than to keep King’s real and unaltered memory alive. King’s views are antithetical to their violent bigotry, yet they cynically exploit his idealism in order to attain a facade of legitimacy. The organizers of the parade should realize that they – and MLK – are being used by extremist groups with a radical agenda and must, therefore, prohibit these groups from joining this parade or any other community event that will take place any time in the future.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Another Columbus Day has come and gone. Although it was “celebrated” with the usual denunciations and outraged wokeism concerning the Italian explorer’s alleged “genocide” against the natives, one influential voice came to Columbus’s defense: on October 11, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation, an excerpt of which follows:
“Columbus stands a singular figure in Western Civilization, who exemplified courage, risk-taking, and heroism in the face of enormous odds; as a visionary who saw the possibilities of exploration beyond Europe; and as a founding father who laid the foundation for what would one day become the United States of America, which would commemorate Columbus by naming its federal district after him.”
While all this is true, Columbus stands for and is a reminder of something else that is now little known if not completely forgotten: he was, first and foremost, a crusader—an avowed enemy of the jihad; his expeditions were, first and foremost, about circumventing and ultimately retaliating against the Islamic sultanates surrounding and terrorizing Europe—not just finding spices.
Over the following years, the Muslims continued making inroads deep into the Balkans, leaving much death and destruction in their wake, with millions of Slavs enslaved. (Yes, the two words are etymologically connected, and for this very reason.)
In 1480, when he was 29, the Turks even managed to invade Columbus’s native Italy, where, in the city of Otranto, they ritually beheaded 800 Christians—and sawed their archbishop in half—for refusing to embrace Islam.
It was in this context that Spain’s monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella—themselves avowed crusaders, especially the queen, who concluded the centuries-long Reconquista of Spain by liberating Granada of Islam in 1492—took Columbus into their service.
They funded his ambitious voyage in an effort to launch, in the words of historian Louis Bertrand, “a final and definite Crusade against Islam by way of the Indies.” (It, of course, went awry and culminated in the incidental founding of the New World.)
Many Europeans were convinced that if only they could reach the peoples east of Islam—who if not Christian were at least “not as yet infected by the Mahometan plague,” to quote Pope Nicholas V (d.1455)—together they could crush Islam between them. (The plan was centuries old and connected to the legend of Prester John, a supposedly great Christian monarch reigning in the East who would one day march westward and avenge Christendom by destroying Islam.)
All this comes out clearly in Columbus’s own letters: in one he refers to Ferdinand and Isabella as “enemies of the wretched sect of Mohammet” who are “resolve[d] to send me to the regions of the Indies, to see [how the people thereof can help in the war effort].” In another written to the monarchs after he reached the New World, Columbus offers to raise an army “for the war and conquest of Jerusalem.”
Nor were Spain and Columbus the first to implement this strategy; once Portugal was cleared of Islam in 1249, its military orders launched into Muslim Africa. “The great and overriding motivation behind [Prince] Henry the Navigator’s [b. 1394] explosive energy and expansive intellect,” writes historian George Grant, “was the simple desire to take the cross—to carry the crusading sword over to Africa and thus to open a new chapter in Christendom’s holy war against Islam.” He launched all those discovery voyages because “he sought to know if there were in those parts any Christian princes,” who “would aid him against the enemies of the faith,” wrote a contemporary.
Does all this make Columbus and by extension Ferdinand and Isabella—not to mention the whole of Christendom—“Islamophobes,” as those few modern critics who mention the Islamic backdrop of Columbus’s voyage often accuse?
The answer is yes—but not in the way that word is used today. While the Greek word phobos has always meant “fear,” its usage today implies “irrational fear.” However, considering that for nearly a thousand years before Columbus, Islam had repeatedly attacked Christendom to the point of swallowing up three-quarters of its original territory, including for centuries Spain; that Islam’s latest iteration, in the guise of the Ottoman Turks, was during Columbus’s era devastating the Balkans and Mediterranean; and that, even centuries after Columbus, Islam was still terrorizing the West—marching onto Vienna with 200,000 jihadis in 1683 and provoking America into its first war as a nation—the very suggestion that historic Christian fears of Islam were “irrational” is itself the height of irrationalism.
Varsovie accuse la Russie et la Biélorussie d’être à l’origine d’une vague d’immigration clandestine à sa frontière terrestre.
Ceci n’est pas un message de bienvenue. La Pologne dit avoir envoyé près de 31 000 SMS vers des téléphones étrangers le long de sa frontière avec la Biélorussie, mardi 28 septembre, dans le but de dissuader les migrants qui s’y trouvent d’entrer sur son territoire. “La frontière polonaise est fermée. Les autorités biélorusses vous ont menti. Rentrez à Minsk !”, disait le message en anglais.
Les SMS contenaient aussi un lien vers un site en anglais, français, arabe, russe et polonais prévenant les migrants que traverser la frontière illégalement “peut mener en prison”. “La dégradation des conditions météorologiques peut mettre en danger votre vie et votre santé, ajoutait le site. Toute tentative de se cacher et de dormir de façon irrégulière (dehors, en plein air) peut finir tragiquement.” Six migrants ont péri récemment sur la frontière entre l’UE et la Biélorussie.
Une immigration orchestrée par Minsk et Moscou ?
La Pologne a déployé des milliers de soldats sur la frontière de 400 km ces dernières semaines, bâti une barrière de barbelés et décrété un état d’urgence qui interdit à la presse et aux ONG de s’en approcher. Avec la baisse des températures, des associations ont évoqué une crise humanitaire parmi les migrants et demandé un accès pour fournir une assistance médicale.
La Pologne accuse la Russie et la Biélorussie d’être à l’origine de cette vague d’immigration clandestine à sa frontière terrestre, avec près de 10 000 tentatives d’entrée depuis début août. L’Union européenne y voit une forme de représailles aux sanctions imposées par l’UE contre la Biélorussie à la suite de la répression de l’opposition par le régime de Minsk.
Legal experts are puzzled by why the Tax Court of Canada prevented a Jewish judge from presiding for several months in cases involving members of the Islamic faith rather than removing him entirely from the bench until allegations against him were resolved.
It is more puzzling that Judge David Spiro would be subjected to the humiliating and severe measure of being barred from presiding over cases involving Muslims, suggesting that there is far more involved in this story than meets the eye. The suggestion of temporarily removing him from the bench altogether until resolution of the “allegations” is even more jarring.
According to Newswire, the “allegations of misconduct against Spiro” reportedly involve his efforts to oppose the hiring of a highly questionable academic on the faculty of law at the University of Toronto:
It was alleged that Spiro used his influence as an alumnus and major donor to try to block the university’s faculty of law from offering a job to Valentina Azarova, an international law practitioner who has written widely on Israel-Palestinian affairs.
Azarova’s record shows that she takes “a severely critical view of Israel’s actions vis-à-vis the Palestinians.” It is telling that she is supported by the organization Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJMPE), an aggressive promoter of the BDS Movement. The Canadian Jewish advocacy group, B’nai Brith, referenced Azarova as “essentially antisemitic.” B’nai Brith petitioned Canadian government ministers to deny a work permit for the German professor “if she is accepted to the position of director of the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto. Azarova is blatantly biased against Israel, B’nai Brith argued.”
It is thus easy to see why Judge Spiro would have concerns about Azarova. But to accuse him of indiscretion, misconduct and abuse of his influence is absurd. All potential hires anywhere are discussed by any number of individuals who influence the hiring process. It is unreasonable to expect Spiro to be voiceless.
It has become ubiquitous globally to attempt to silence those who offend Islam, offend Muslims, or get in the way of certain agendas.
Circulating criticisms of Judge Spiro’s influence in the hiring process of Azarova also conveniently omit the fact that there were other highly qualified Canadians vying for the same job.
What comes next is atrocious:
Chief justice of the Tax Court, Eugene Rossiter, informed the Canadian Judicial Council, a regulatory body for judges, of measures taken in response to a number of allegations of misconduct against Spiro in connection with a proposed hiring at the University of Toronto.
Remarkably, Judge Spiro’s legitimate concern about Azarova — that she would likely fan the flames of campus antisemitism — was translated into accusations of his being “biased” (a demeaning label for a judge) and exhibiting “misconduct” (discrediting to any judge).
Notice that the word “biased” isn’t used to describe Azarova.
Rossiter wrote that “all files assigned to Justice Spiro would be reviewed by the associate chief justice of the Tax Court” and that Spiro would “recuse himself immediately from any file at any time in which it appeared to him that either the counsel, representative of any litigant or a litigant is a Muslim or is of the Islamic faith.” Rossiter said that the decision was made to “allow for any concerns related to the potential perceived bias from Justice Spiro to be removed.”
Perceived? By whom? It starts with Queen’s Law Professor Leslie Green. According to Law Times News:
Green made the complaint after reading media reports that Spiro had allegedly pressured Dean of Law Edward Iacobucci to reverse a job offer made to an academic because of her scholarship related to Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians.
It is apparent where Green stands on the Israel-Palestinian issue.
It is curious that it is not only Judge Spiro who has sparked allegations of bias against Muslims at a federal institution over the Palestinian issue. So has the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), which has been accused of “prejudice” against Muslim Charities, which was found to be funneling money to Hamas.
Keep in mind that once a Muslim charity is flagged by the CRA, and its charitable status is revoked or the group is penalized in some fashion by CRA, entering an appeals process is an option. The first layer of external appeal, which can well result in overriding the CRA, is via the Tax Court of Canada (TCC) — the same court where Judge Spiro presides. The TCC hears appeal cases when all avenues have been exhausted.
The process of appeal first calls for a “Notice of Objection” to be sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). A review of this Notice results in a “reassessment, a confirmation or a determination.” Then, if the dispute remains unsettled, it goes to the TCC.
Near the end of last month, a Muslim charity called Human Concern International (HCI) went to the TCC to fight the findings of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), which prohibited it from issuing tax receipts after “an audit by the agency’s charities directorate that flagged concerns about six initiatives.” Specifics were unreported.
The full process of appeal against the CRA’s rulings was pursued by HCI: 1. objecting through the revenue agency’s internal administrative appeal process. 2. going to the federal Tax Court to delay suspensions by the CRA, which resulted in the federal Tax Court judge ruling against providing a stay of the suspension, and 3. going to the Federal Court of Appeals, where HCI’s case is now being reviewed.
The Tax Court has the power to override CRA penalties after reviewing a case — again, the same court that Judge David Spiro presides in, except now, Spiro has been stripped of presiding over any case involving anyone from the Islamic faith.
It is common knowledge that many Muslim charities in America have been discovered to be linked to terrorism. View a list HERE. Many of those have offshoots in Canada.
Aside from Spiro raising the ire of some academics, the media and some of his own colleagues over his concerns about Valentina Azarova, one must remember that separately, fierce efforts have been underway in Canada to stop the audits of Muslim charities, calling such audits “prejudiced.”
Back in June, the news broke that “more than 130 groups call on Canada to stop ‘prejudiced audits’ of Muslim charities.” The vast majority of them are Muslim groups. Among the others are recognized anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) advocates, such as Canadians For Justice and Peace in the Middle East and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. See the listHERE.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Spokesperson Pamela Tourigny has defended the fairness of the CRA process, stating to the Non Profit Times that “the CRA does not select registered charities for audit based on any particular faith or denomination.”
The article goes on to explain how selections for audits are made. Tourigny further states:
When audits find non-compliance, the charity is first given an opportunity to correct the non-compliance issues before sanctions or revocations are issued.
A warning about the implications of what may be coming next: In July, an “emergency national summit on Islamophobia” took place. Before that Summit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (formerly CAIR-CAN) released 61 recommendations for every level of government to fight “Islamophobia.”
Then at the Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau accused Revenue Canada of taking aim at Muslims. He stated:
From the (Canada Revenue Agency) to security agencies, institutions should support people, not target them.
At that same Summit, Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier agreed “to ask the taxpayers’ ombudsperson, François Boileau, for a systemic review of the concerns,” ostensibly about Muslim charities being discriminated against and picked on.
There is a great deal of disturbing evidence that proves how damaging these baseless accusations against Canada’s institutions are. United Press International reported findings about the Muslim Association of Canada and IRFAN-Canada in 2015:
The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), one of the largest Muslim organizations in the country, is being accused of funneling money to designated terrorist organization IRFAN-Canada. A Canadian police raid found that MAC gave $296,514 to IRFAN-Canada between 2001 and 2010, according to The Toronto Sun.
The Toronto Sun headline is no longer online, but here’s a screenshot…
The Muslim Association of Canada is a self-described Muslim Brotherhood-tied group. See screenshot and more HERE.
A year earlier, Revenue Canada concluded this about IRFAN:
IRFAN-Canada is a not for profit organization operating in Canada. Between 2005 and 2009, IRFAN-Canada transferred approximately $14.6 million worth of resources to various organizations associated with HAMAS, a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code.
IRFAN engaged in the full appeals process against Revenue Canada, as outlined earlier. The appeal was still in progress when it was last reviewed in 2018. IRFAN has also applied to federal court to have its terrorist designation removed, and it will likely succeed under the Trudeau government. In the meantime, IRFAN is actually getting taxpayer funds — along with the National Council of Canadian Muslims — to help the Trudeau government impose its “anti-Islamophobia” M-103 measures on Canadians, which include “monitoring citizens for compliance” and training law enforcement to recognize online and offline “hate.”
In conclusion, there is no clear evidence in any public reports of bias by Judge Spiro with regards to Valentina Azarova, let alone “misconduct.” Prudence, yes. Bias, no.
Canadian universities do not need to hire pro-Palestinian propagandists from abroad to teach students all about a fictional Israeli “occupation,” while leaving out the Palestinian jihadist narrative; nor do they need to aid in the facilitation of campus hatred against Jewish students that erupts particularly aggressively whenever Israel levies retaliatory strikes to protect its citizens against rocket fire from Gaza. The University of Toronto (U of T) already has enough of a “festering antisemitism” problem.
Likewise, the CRA is not biased or prejudiced in exercising its due diligence regarding Muslim charities, but has been prudent, despite escalating pressures that amount to exonerating Muslims regardless of the evidence. There is an established problem with Muslim charities funneling money to aid and abet jihadist activities in the Palestinian territories.
Pro-Palestinian and BDS supporters will continue to scream “bias,” “discrimination,” and “Islamophobia” at every turn in order to facilitate their ambitions; while “progressives” in the media, in positions of political leadership, and now, evidently, at the Canadian Tax Court, continue to aid and shield them. The claim that “legal experts are puzzled by why the Tax Court of Canada prevented a Jewish judge from presiding for several months in cases involving members of the Islamic faith rather than removing him entirely” is wrongheaded and exaggerated. It all depends on which legal experts one consults. Let’s hope that Judge Spiro — now a target of antisemitism and embroiled in a political brouhaha — will be fully restored to his duties. The courts need him more than ever, and owe Canadians some restored confidence in a system hijacked by special interest groups. Canadian institutions need to be restored to being fully equitable systems, not strong-armed into favoring Muslims above everyone else.
In the meantime, the blatant antisemitism displayed toward Judge Spiro needs to be publicly addressed.