Canada: University-sanctioned antisemitic Muslim voting guide gets federal funding

Canada: University-sanctioned antisemitic Muslim voting guide gets federal funding

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October 30, 2019

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In B’nai Brith Canada’s press release “Canadian Muslim Voting Guide: Federal Election 2019,” Islamic antisemitism and an insidious attempt to influence Muslims (especially young Muslims) in Canada’s recent elections is exposed:

B’nai Brith Canada is deeply concerned after learning that a federal grant was used to produce a guide instructing Canadian Muslims on how to vote in last Monday’s national election.

The “Canadian Muslim Voting Guide: Federal Election 2019” was released by the Canadian Islamophobia Industry Research Project at Wilfred Laurier University on Oct. 18, just three days before Canadians went to the polls. Its front cover acknowledges support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a federal agency that assigns research grants.

Disturbingly, one of the six “key issues” for Canadian Muslims unilaterally selected by the authors of the Voting Guide is support for the anti-Israel and antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement (pages 18-20). The Voting Guide purports to assign a “Fail” grade to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for recognizing that BDS is a form of antisemitism that harms Jewish students on Canadian campuses, and gives the same failing grade to Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer.

As B’nai Brith notes:

Research by B’nai Brith shows that the Voting Guide’s lead author, Jasmine Zine, received $24,923 from the SSHRC in 2018 for a project called “Mapping the Canadian Islamophobia Industry.”

As rightly expressed by Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada: “It is totally unacceptable that government funds have been used to promote an antisemitic movement in Canada.”

Jasmin Zine, the lead author, is known to Jihad Watch. Two articles for reference:

In another article from Jihad Watch, Canada: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer throws Tory MP out of Commons committee after confrontation with Muslim witness,” below are some players influencing the Trudeau government who were called to be “expert witnesses” in the Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee hearings, among them Jasmin Zine:

  • Iqra Khalid – the woman behind Canada’s anti-Islamophobia Motion M-103. Read more about her jihadist connections HERE.
  • Bernie Farber — a social justice warrior with contempt for those whom he calls “Bible-thumping ultra-Conservatives.” He also bullied a Toronto rabbi into revoking a signed contract to rent space at Beth Tikvah Synagogue for a Canadians for the Rule of Law Teach-In.
  • Mustafa Farooq from the infamous NCCM/CAIR-CAN. Read all about the organization’s unsavory profile HERE. And last but not least:
  • Jasmin Zine, who made a loud and embarrassing scene at the Canadians For the Rule of Law (CFTRL) Teach-In Conference during my panel presentation, where she was rude, disruptive, and screaming out of control, and continued to scare people as she circled the parking lot in her vehicle afterwards. She was physically removed from the discussion due to her  uncooperativeness, violation of her terms in acquiring a ticket, and her general bad behavior, but she lied about the incident. She later claimed that she was “assaulted.” No such thing happened; nor were there any followup charges to corroborate her defamation and slander against Canadians for the Rule of Law. Robert Spencer wrote about Zine’s lies concerning the CFTRL discussion and her “long history of Islamophobia propagandizing” HERE.

In addition to being “totally unacceptable that government funds have been used to promote an antisemitic movement in Canada,” it is also totally unacceptable that Zine partakes in Commons hearings as an “expert witness” for the Trudeau government, and that she is a professor at Wilfred Laurier University, which is in cahoots with the Georgetown University Saudi-Funded Bridge Initiative. The Bridge Initiative releases “fake sheets” that they call “fact sheets” about people who they deem to be propagators of “Islamophobia.” I’m on their branding “list”, with plenty of reference to Jihad Watch. Wilfrid Laurier University also has a profile of Zine on its “Laurier, Inspiring Lives” domain: Laurier researcher investigating effects of Islamophobia on Muslim youth. When Zine made her embarrassing scene at the Canadians for the Rule of Law Conference, she brought students with her to share her “inspiring behavior” and subsequent lies about being a victim of “Islamophobia.” Now she’s spreading antisemitism, with full support from Wilfrid Laurier University in its anti-Israel voting guide.

It is refreshing to see B’nai Brith covering this case of antisemitism, which is entrenched but largely unrecognized among purveyors of the “Islamophobia” subterfuge.

It is time to connect the dots.

“B’nai Brith Canada Disturbed by Federal Funding for Anti-Israel ‘Voting Guide,’” B’nai Brith, October 25, 2019:

TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada is deeply concerned after learning that a federal grant was used to produce a guide instructing Canadian Muslims on how to vote in last Monday’s national election.

The “Canadian Muslim Voting Guide: Federal Election 2019” was released by the Canadian Islamophobia Industry Research Project at Wilfred Laurier University on Oct. 18, just three days before Canadians went to the polls. Its front cover acknowledges support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a federal agency that assigns research grants.

Disturbingly, one of the six “key issues” for Canadian Muslims unilaterally selected by the authors of the Voting Guide is support for the anti-Israel and antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement (pages 18-20). The Voting Guide purports to assign a “Fail” grade to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for recognizing that BDS is a form of antisemitism that harms Jewish students on Canadian campuses, and gives the same failing grade to Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer.

In 2016, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to condemn the BDS Movement, as well as “all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS Movement, both here at home and abroad.”

Research by B’nai Brith shows that the Voting Guide’s lead author, Jasmine Zine, received $24,923 from the SSHRC in 2018 for a project called “Mapping the Canadian Islamophobia Industry.”

“It is totally unacceptable that government funds have been used to promote an antisemitic movement in Canada,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.

“It is deeply troubling that taxpayer dollars were used to subsidize a document ‘guiding’ Canadians on whom to support in an election.”

The Voting Guide also alleges that “Zionist ideologies play a prominent role” in fomenting Islamophobia in Canada (page 6). No evidence is cited for this absurd and dangerous proposition.

In 2017, B’nai Brith condemned SSHRC funding for an art display at Western University that glorified the Palestinian intifada, or terrorist uprising. The organization has written to Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, expressing concern over government funding for the Voting Guide. Other relevant government officials also have been made aware of B’nai Brith’s concerns.

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