Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

March 26, 2009 09:47 ET

Media Advisory-Welcome to Canada: Advocates of Hate, Murder and Minor Martyrs, on a Friendly Mission to Mississauga?

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - The offices of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of Canada's respected non-governmental organizations committed to the promotion of tolerance, dialogue and education, are abuzz with dismay and consternation. And they're not alone. The reason: a fellow not-for-profit, which claims to serve the Palestinian community in the Greater Toronto Area and in Canada, has invited two clerics from Jerusalem to speak at an event being held in a Mississauga banquet hall on Sunday, April 5th. Why should media and Canadians care?

Quotes from keynote speaker:

Ekrima Sabri, Imam of Al Aqsa

"How do you feel about the Jews?" Sabri answered: "I enter the mosque of Al-Aqsa with my head up and at the same time I am filled with rage toward the Jews. I have never greeted a Jew when I came near one. I never will. They cannot even dream that I will. The Jews do not dare to bother me, because they are the most cowardly creatures Allah has ever created. ..."

"Sabri praised the Palestinian "martyrs," and particularly the children that are proudly thrust by their parents and other combatants into the frontlines of conflicts with Israelis.

"The younger the martyr, the greater and the more I respect him"

Atallah Hannah, Bishop of Sebastia (Greek Orthodox Christian Church)

"We emphasize that Jerusalem is an Arab city, read the history"

Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is available to address the key issues and themes that underline this disturbing news, including:

- Radicalization and the eroding of an option for dialogue

- Freedom of speech versus the right to live free from intimidation and racism

- The globalization of hate: how leaders advocating terrorism and martyrdom can replace local heroes and role models

Contact Information