Toronto Rabbi Mendel Kaplan and others under attack by Canadian Defenders for Human Rights (CD4HR)

Toronto Rabbi Mendel Kaplan and others under attack by Canadian Defenders for Human Rights (CD4HR)

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November 18, 2019

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While Israel defends itself from obliteration as a stated goal by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Fatah, and the PLO, the Canadian organization Canadian Defenders For Human Rights (CD4HR) — led by Aliya Hasan and Firas Al Najim — has called Israeli Defense Forces a “war criminal army,” and referred to Israel as the “Zionist illegitimate regime occupying holy Palestine.”

CD4HR posted a series of hateful tirades against Toronto rabbi Mendel Kaplan, the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad @ Flamingo in Thornhill, who is an ardent supporter of Israel. The scorching personal attacks were eyebrow-raising enough, but the attacks against the State of Israel further exposed the organization’s Islamic anti-Semitism. CD4HR attempted to rewrite history and strip Israel of its ancient heritage — despite archeological evidence — and supplant it with “holy Palestine.”

Equally absurd was calling “Jewish scholars” a danger to Canadian society and comparing them to “extremist deviant Wahhabi Muslim scholars.” While the latter sanction the inferiority of women, murder of apostates, gays, “blasphemers,” the conquest of infidels and the like; and also funds jihad terror globally, obviously Jewish scholars do nothing comparable to all that.

The continued propaganda and antisemitism against Jews is rising, all while many continue to compare anti-Semitism to “Islamophobia” — which is absurd. Anti-Semitism is the act of hating Jews for being Jews. There is no phobia about Islam. There are abusive, intolerant, murderous verses in the Quran and Hadiths which are still followed and advanced by a worrying number of Muslims. And when anyone calls them out, they are deemed to be “Islamophobic” and deserving of some form of punishment.

One need only observe the norm in Sharia states to be rightly concerned about Islamization. This does not constitute and should not be regarded as a phobia.

In reference to Rabbi Kaplan and his synagogue, CD4HR stated “the Government of Canada must take action against these illegal and dangerous activities and stop showing prejudice.”

Such words from Islamic supremacists should be of grave concern to all Canadians. If the Trudeau government should be investigating any organization, it should be those such as CD4HR, which are spreading antisemitism, hate and incitement against Rabbi Kaplan and other Canadian rabbis (but don’t hold your breath).

It is not the first time CD4HR demonstrated such hate. As reported by B’nai Brith in mid-July:

B’nai Brith Canada has filed a complaint with Toronto Police after a man was filmed harassing a member of the Jewish community in a North York park on Sunday.

In the uploaded confrontation at G. Ross Lord Park, Firas al-Najim berates a man in an electronic wheelchair for supporting Israel, refuses to condemn Palestinian suicide bombings, and denounces Arab-Jewish cooperation in Israel.

After the man in the wheelchair leaves the scene, al-Najim launches into an antisemitic diatribe in which he claims that “Zionists” are trying to take over North York, warning them not to “come here and start claiming this country as if it’s occupied Palestine and calling it now Israel.”

In June, B’nai Brith received previous complaints alleging that a man had harassed Jewish seniors in G. Ross Lord Park, but those interactions were not video-recorded.

Then in September, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center in Toronto posted a report about CD4HR:

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, an antisemitic Facebook attack on Liberal Candidate Michael Levitt posted by the group “Canadian Defenders for Human Rights” (CD4HR).

On CD4HR’s Facebook page called “Boycott Israeli interests/products in Canada,” the group wrote that Levitt is an, “intolerant Zionist politician that clearly is working for the Israeli regime’s interests…he will never criticize the Israeli regime that he represents in Canada.” The group goes on to warn the public to “Be aware and make sure that such politicians that are working for other interests then Canada’s are not welcome in parliamentary positions representing real loyal loving Canadians.” The statement is accompanied by a photo of Levitt with the caption “The intolerant voice of Israel in Canada.”

Earlier in the same month, CD4HR announced “a new BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) initiative targeting entities, products and individuals affiliated with Israel.” This new BDS initiative promulgated bizarre statements such as Zionists “do human organs trade” and “do anything for money and power.” Yet the group claims to “love Jews.”

It should be surprising that this virulent organization CD4HR even still exists. Rabbi Kaplan is correct in stating: “clearly our enemies are emboldened and ignoring this is at our peril.”

“CD4HR says Canadian Rabbis who support Israel are “danger” to the Canadian society,” by Jonathan D. Halevi, The Documentation Project, November 11, 2019:

On November 8, 2019 Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad @ Flamingo in Thornhill, Ontario, posted on Facebook:

Chillingly, the vile openly anti-Semitic, deceitful and defamatory attacks on me are continuing. Grateful for the outpouring of individual support, along with that of B’nai Brith. There’s nothing innocuous about this and ultimately it’s not about me… clearly our enemies are emboldened and ignoring this is at our peril ח״ו. [God Forbid]

The pro-Palestinian organization Canadian Defenders For Human Rights (CD4HR), led by Aliya Hasan and Firas Al Najim, slammed Rabbi Mendel Kaplan for his support of Israel. Here are CD4HR’s Facebook posts:

November 6, 2019:

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan in #Toronto is recruiting, brainwashing & supporting Canadians to join the #IDF war criminal army. This is the type of Zionist extremist deviant Jewish scholars we have in our local areas. This is a danger to our Canadian society & very similar to the extremist deviant Wahhabi Muslim scholars that radicalize Muslims to join terrorist groups abroad. Israel is a terrorist occupation converted into a regime that commits more organized terrorist attacks then any other government in the Middle East. We call on the Canadian government to take this case very seriously and investigate the Chabad Flamingo center in North York and these type of dangerous activities. As it seems Kaplan is also brainwashing his followers about preparing to take over & demolish holy Muslim/Christian sites in occupied Jerusalem to build the temple of mount. We will be filling reports and spreading awareness especially in this sensitive time where the threats of war are rising between the Palestinian factions and the occupation. CSIS Canada RCMP Depot Division

November 8, 2019:

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan that claims he is a faithful man of peace here prepares his followers against the enemies in Canada 🇨🇦. What enemies and what war ? The Zionist illegitimate regime is occupying holy Palestine 🇵🇸 and aggressing against the aboriginal Jews, Christians and Muslims. Maybe Kaplan is living in a delusion or dream. Wake up Kaplan and face reality. We have had our fare share of the false “anti semitism” over used and abused accusations due to criticism of the so called democratic occupation. The Zionist regime will be condemned and criticized openly and clearly and especially with there countless war crimes and human rights violations. #CD4HR has many real righteous religious Jewish allies and we continue to build bonds till the full dismantlement of the occupation of the holy land. We advice Kaplan to prepare his followers for the full liberation of holy Palestine and justice process. YES Kaplan, your events at the Chabbad flamingo center in Thornhill hosting Machine Gunners is illegal and clearly dangerous to our diverse peaceful society here in Canada 🇨🇦. Kaplan you must learn to be repentant to lead your followers to repent and reform their lives before the dismantlement of #israel. Preaching love and peace is the furthest away from supporting the mercenary war criminal #IDF Militia. We need to clarify the picture in a more transparent manner….

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