This February, an assistant imam at Masjid Toronto, Ayman Elkasrawy, was fired for leading his congregation in a prayer supplication that called for the destruction of the Jewish people. After that clip surfaced and was publicized he was suspended from the mosque, although now he is back — and was fired from his assistant teaching position at Ryerson University. By the way, his former boss at Ryerson, Mohammed Lachemi, is a devout Muslim and staunch Jewish ally.
The clip showed Ayman leading his congregation in a prayer supplication where he said, “count their number, slay them one by one, Oh Allah! Purify Al Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews!”
Ultimately, a criminal investigation on Elkasrawy for incitement was initiated. While this may have seemed that justice could be served, last week the Toronto Star, the largest paper in Canada published a six thousand-plus word article that seemed very sympathetic to Ayman Elkasrawy. The article asserts that Ayman wouldn’t hurt a fly and that his prayer had been mistranslated by Islamaphobes.
The Star solicited what it claimed were more accurate translations from several different Arabic language translators. The idea was to show how Ayman’s words had been twisted – and how he never referred to the Jews as “filth” or called for the destruction of the Jewish people. These new translators claimed the original translator, Jonathan Halevi, a Middle East and counter terrorism expert, had a political agenda when translating Elkasrawy’s prayer supplication. But, as it appears, at least three of the Star’s new translators may be the ones with an agenda to push.
First, there’s Atiqa Hachimi of University of Toronto, Scarborough. She was featured most prominently in the Star article and claimed that Elkasrawy’s words lacked context and that he had been mistranslated. Prior to this, however, Hachimi signed an open letter to U of T asserting that Israel was stealing Palestinian land and she criticized the U of T urban planning department for having a field study in Jerusalem. She also penned a letter to the Canadian government calling on it to condemn Israel for defending itself in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.
Kristen Brustad, another translator, is a professor at the University of Texas, Austin. She authored an Arabic textbook that was described in a Washington Post column as being anti-Israel. In 2001, Brustad wrote a letter to the editor of the Atlantic Journal Constitution claiming Israel had violated international law with its, “brutal, dehumanizing military occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land, home demolition and agricultural stranglehold.”
Another of the Star’s translators, Nazir Harb Michel of Georgetown University, has written articles claiming that Palestinian violence against Israelis constitutes self-defence, and that Israel is actively engaging in an apartheid against Palestinians. He has previously been accused of whitewashing a similar sermon of a UC Davis imam who called on Muslims to slaughter Jews.
The Star seemed so concerned about providing balance in the Elkasrawy story, yet solicited translations from people who wear their anti-Israel bias on their sleeves.
Meet The Teacher Who Tweeted: ‘May God Ruin The Homes Of The Jew’
A former Ryerson University student, elementary school teacher of Arabic, and English teacher for orphans in Istanbul tweeted “may god ruin the homes of the Jew.”
Leyan Saleh, who served as the events coordinator at the Ryerson chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, a group funded by people who donated $12.4 million to Hamas, seems to have an odd notion of “justice.” Along with tweeting “may god ruin the homes of the Jew” to a hashtag #TweetPalestinianExpressionsInEnglish, watchdog group Canary Mission reports Saleh also stated:
“No, two states will NOT be a solution. Just get the hell out! It’s been enough. I want to go to Palestine and enjoy my country.”
And yet this is the side of the argument that accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
Saleh also seems to want a third intifada, which is to say a third iteration of the Palestinian-instigated conflict which has thus far claimed thousands of Israeli and Palestinian lives.
Ryerson’s SJP chapter goes further than receiving funds from people who supported Hamas. Here it gushed over a photo of Khadar Adnan, a leader and spokesman for the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which, in case you couldn’t tell by the name, has conducted suicide bombings. Adnan solicited more terrorism at a funeral for a former jihadi.
Ryerson SJP seems very adept at leaving out little, inconvenient truths. It shared what might be a Palestinian propaganda video showing a young Palestinian boy bleeding, but neglected to say that this boy and his brother had just engaged in a stabbing spree, with the wounded boy confessing that he “went there to stab Jews.”
Campus Unmasked noticed a November 30 tweet containing a link which seemed to indicate that Saleh had received a Muslim Award for Excellence from MAX Gala, which is funded by the second-biggest bank in Canada and a slew of other organizations. But when we clicked the link, we were redirected to a “page not found.”
MAX Gala distanced itself from Saleh on Saturday, saying her “comments are contrary to our values and mission.”
MAX Gala added, “we can confirm that she is no longer involved in our organization and that since her involvement we have expanded and formalized our volunteer recruitment process to further highlight our principles of inclusion and equality.”
Saleh didn’t respond to a Campus Unmasked request for comment, but her LinkedIn profile indicates she has left her job as a youth facilitator at the Canadian Center for Victims of Torture and is now seeking to teach in the Middle East.
Ryerson Student Union President Sabotages Vote on Holocaust Education Week
Last November a Jewish student submitted a motion to Ryerson’s Semi-Annual General Student Union Meeting to hold a holocaust education week. When it was thought that this motion would pass, more than 100 students, mainly members of the Ryerson Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine, walked out. This broke quorum, which ended the meeting.
Several months later it was revealed that student union president, Obaid Ullah, orchestrated the walkout, and then lied about it. Obaid claimed that he supported the motion and merely wanted to defer the vote until a board meeting, where he believed it would pass. When one looks at Obaid’s history, however, this raises some eyebrows.
For instance, Obaid spoke in favour of a BDS resolution before the student union. That resolution passed in 2014. He called Israel a “fake state” and praised Pakistan, a country governed by strict Sharia law. He claimed in a tweet that the U.S. kills civilians, thus explaining why the country supports Israel. He also claimed that the Hamas kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in 2014 was “bulls**.”
Despite harbouring such extreme views, Ullah was not ousted from his role as student president, which by the way, earns him $36,000. In fact, he even went on to become a Ryerson Student Union director for the 2017-2018 school year. One could reasonably believe that if it was another minority group that Ullah targeted, he would have lost that position.
Ryerson Radicals Can’t Shut Down Ezra
When Ryerson Campus Conservatives hosted Ezra Levant they were greater by radical left-wing protestors with one goal in mind: to shut it down. Ezra and the audience however, had other plans…
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