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MONTREAL – B’nai Brith Canada has uncovered a pattern of disturbing antisemitic and anti-Israel statements made by a Liberal Party candidate running in the coming federal election on Oct. 21.
Hassan Guillet, an Islamic religious leader who gained international attention for speaking out in the aftermath of the Quebec City mosque attack of 2017, is currently the Liberal Party nominee for the riding of Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel in Montreal.
B’nai Brith is shocked by a number of his statements over the past few years and believes they must preclude his candidacy.
In January of 2017, Guillet celebrated the release of Raed Salah, a Hamas-aligned activist who has accused Jews of staging the 9/11 terror attacks and has claimed that Jews use children’s blood for baking “holy bread.” The candidate went on to hail Salah as a “jihad-fighter” and “frontier-fighter” whom “Allah will surely support.” Guillet offered his congratulations to Salah on being freed from “the prisons of occupied Palestine,” and prayed that he will some day be successful in the fight to liberate “the whole of Palestine.” Salah had been serving a nine-month prison term in Israel for “incitement to violence and racism.”
These posts no longer appear on Guillet’s social media.
CBC – Liberals dump Quebec candidate after B’nai Brith, Conservatives allege anti-Semitic
‘The insensitive comments made by Hassan Guillet are not aligned with the values of the Liberal Party’
The Liberals have dumped a candidate in Quebec after B’nai Brith Canada accused Hassan Guillet of making a number of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements.
“The insensitive comments made by Hassan Guillet are not aligned with the values of the Liberal Party of Canada,” the party said in a media statement.
“Following a thorough internal review process that has been ongoing for a few weeks, the Liberal Party of Canada has made the decision to revoke the candidacy of Mr. Guillet for the riding of Saint—Léonard Saint—Michel in this fall’s election.”
Guillet, a member of the Council of Quebec Imams, gained national attention after delivering a speech in Quebec City honouring victims of the Quebec mosque shooting.
In a statement on its website, B’nai Brith Canada said Guillett praised a Hamas-aligned activist, Raed Salah, and had a history of making anti-Semitic comments on social media. The group said it reached out to the Liberal Party more than a week ago to make it aware of their allegations against him.
In a post on his Facebook account earlier today, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “do the right thing, immediately condemn these anti-Semitic comments, and fire this candidate.
“Anti-Semitism is unfortunately all too real in Canada and threatens the safety and security of Jewish Canadians. As political leaders, we need to speak out and condemn it at every opportunity.”
In a statement issued Thursday — before being dropped as a candidate — Guillet apologized for some of his past comments regarding the Middle East, without repeating the comments or detailing what they were.
“If these statements could be considered offensive to some of my fellow citizens of Jewish faith, I apologize. My intention was not to offend anyone. The lack of sensitivity of these statements does not reflect my personality or my way of being,” he said in French.
“Since then I have evolved. Everyone who knows me, personally or through my works, knows that I am against hate, racism, anti-Semitism and violence regardless of the identity of the perpetrators or victims.”
Montreal Liberal candidate turfed following anti-Semitism allegations
The Liberals have removed Hassan Guillet as the candidate for a Montreal riding after some of his past remarks were called anti-Semitic by a Jewish human rights group.
The Liberal party said the decision to revoke Guillet’s candidacy came after a review that was ongoing for a few weeks.
“The insensitive comments made by Hassan Guillet are not aligned with the values of the Liberal Party of Canada,” the party said in a statement on Friday.
“Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party have firmly stood against statements of anti-Semitism, hate, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination. The Liberal Party strongly condemns all forms of discrimination, and the same is always expected of our candidates.”
Guillet, who was running in Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel, is a former imam who spoke at the funeral for several of the victims of the Quebec City mosque attack in 2017.
In a press release earlier on Friday, B’nai Brith Canada called for Guillet to be disqualified as a candidate over what it described as “a pattern of disturbing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements.”
“We applaud the swift reaction by the Liberal Party, to the deplorable comments of Mr. Guillet, following our public release earlier today,” Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, said in a statement.
“It sends a clear message that Canadians will not tolerate political candidates with these types of hateful and bigoted attitudes.”
The organization said it has uncovered several since-deleted social media posts made under Guillet’s name, including one in 2016 that referenced Zionists controlling U.S. politics, an anti-Semitic trope, and another made in 2017 that praised the release of an Islamist cleric jailed in Israel for inciting violence.
Guillet did not immediately respond to an emailed interview request on Friday afternoon.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had called for the Liberals to drop Guillet as a candidate.
“The anti-Semitic comments by one of Justin Trudeau’s hand-picked candidates are absolutely repugnant,” he said.
Liberals revoke candidacy of Hassan Guillet over alleged anti-Semitic posts
The Liberal Party of Canada turfed one of its Montreal-area candidates Friday after a Jewish advocacy group unearthed a series of old statements Guillet made on social media about Israel and U.S. foreign policy.
Hassan Guillet, a former imam whose sermon at the funeral of worshippers murdered at a Quebec City mosque attracted international attention, will no longer be the Liberal candidate in the riding of Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel, the party announced.
The Liberals said in a statement the comments made by Guillet, who is also an engineer, do not correspond to the party’s values.
“Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team are strongly opposed to anti-Semitic, hateful, racist, Islamophobic, homophobic, sexist remarks and any form of discrimination,” the party said. “The Liberal Party condemns all forms of discrimination, and we always expect our candidates to do the same.”
Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith said Friday it uncovered “a pattern of disturbing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements” made by the candidate on social media that have since been removed.
In one of the comments, dated July 8, 2017, Guillet welcomed the release from prison of Raed Salah, whom the Jewish group described as a militant close to Hamas, which Canada lists as a terror group.
Guillet congratulated Salah on being freed from a “prison of occupied Palestine,” and prayed that he would one day succeed in liberating “all of Palestine.” He described Salah as a “resistance fighter” and a “jihadist.”
The Jewish group also found a since-deleted Facebook post from 2016, allegedly from Guillet, where he wrote “the Zionists control American politics.”
B’nai Brith brought attention to a 2017 interview with Radio-Canada International, in which the former imam accused Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, of directing his administration to support an “Israel first” agenda.
Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada, said, “the anti-Semitic tropes of ’Zionists controlling governments’ and of ’dual loyalty’ are two of the more abhorrent expressions of paranoid anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.”
In a statement addressing B’nai Brith’s concerns, Guillet wrote, “If these statements could be considered offensive to some of my fellow citizens of the Jewish faith, I apologize.”
He added that the “lack of sensitivity of these statements does not reflect my personality, nor my way of being. Since then, I have evolved.”
Mostyn applauded the removal of Guillet, saying it “sends a clear message that Canadians will not tolerate political candidates with these types of hateful and bigoted attitudes.”
Guillet became well-known in Quebec after he gave an emotional sermon at the funeral of worshippers murdered at a Quebec City mosque in 2017. At that time, he referred to the killer, who murdered six men, as a victim — which earned him worldwide praise. J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, called his words “extraordinary and humane.”
Guillet won a contested nomination in Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel, and became the first Liberal candidate not to come from the influential Italian community since the 1988 inception of the east-end riding.
Guillet, who speaks six languages, delivered his victory speech in French, English, Italian and Arabic. He added some Creole for good measure.
Locals in Barcelona form vigilante patrols after surge in crime targeting tourists
Thefts and violent robberies in Barcelona jumped by 28% between 2016 and 2018.
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Barcelona is Spain’s second most populated city. Barcelona is Spain’s second most populated city.
LOCALS IN BARCELONA have formed their own vigilante patrols after a surge in muggings and burglaries in Spain’s second-largest city.
Earlier this week, the US consulate in Barcelona warned US nationals of “an increase in violent crime in the city” and urged them not to “display signs of wealth such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches”.
The alert came days after Afghanistan’s ambassador to Spain was lightly injured in a group mugging to steal his watch in the city centre and a 91-year-old French woman was hospitalised after thieves stole her necklace.
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A group of teens clobbered an elderly woman with her own cane as they robbed her of a cellphone in Queens, cops said Thursday.
The teens, believed to be a mix of males and females, walked up to the 67-year-old woman on 169th Street, near Highland Avenue, in Jamaica around 8 p.m. Aug. 4, according to police.
One of the teens snatched the woman’s cane and pushed her to the ground, cops said. While the woman was on her knees, the teens hit her with the cane and grabbed her Samsung cellphone before taking off in a Nissan Altima, according to police.
The woman refused medical attention.
The NYPD released a brief video Thursday showing part of the struggle.
It’s the second attack on a person with a cane this month.
Colorado Student Removed From School Indefinitely For Going Shooting With His Mom
Justine Myers is your pretty average northern Colorado mom. She loves her kids, supports the troops, praises our first responders, and owns firearms. On Wednesday, Justine picked up her 16 year old son Nate early from school for some mother-son bonding time – she took him shooting, a common northern Colorado hobby.
After a fun afternoon, they return home and get settled in – and the police show up. Nate had posted on his Snapchat that he was going shooting with his mom along with this video (for those who need a little help translating the slang kids use these days “Finna be lit” basically means “Going to be a good time”.)…
google or search
njrotc rifle practice
Yes. High Schools in the US have rifle teams!
Some do, it use to be that most had them.
Justice Department Charges Pakistani-American With Plotting Daesh-Inspired Attack in New York (sputniknews, aug 31, 2019)
“A naturalized US citizen from Pakistan faces charges of supporting the Daesh terror group with plans for a mass stabbing in New York City, the Department of Justice said in a press release on Friday.
“Awais Chudhary had accepted the call from ISIS [Daesh] to kill fellow New Yorkers in the city he called home”, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in the release. “He had carefully planned, conducted reconnaissance, picked a target, and was in the process of obtaining the weapon. All he has left to do was to strike”.
Chudhary identified the pedestrian bridges near the site of the 1964 World’s Fair as his target, the release said.
On 23 August, Chudhary told an undercover agent that he intended to use a knife but would consider bombing a “mini-bridge over a busy road with many cars” if the agent told him how to make an explosive, the release said.
Between 25 August and 26 August, Chudhary ordered online a tactical knife, a mask, gloves, and a cellphone chest and head strap to record the attack, the release added.
Chudhary was arrested on Thursday and made his initial court appearance on Friday before US Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, who ordered the defendant held without bail, according to the release.
*Daesh (Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL, IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other states.”
Report: Iran helping Hamas build a standing army
Thanks to Barack Obama’s gift of billions in his nuclear aid pact. The coming war is another of his catastrophic legacies. The worst president in American history.
Iran helping Hamas build a standing army, report says
New Greek Government Moves To Clamp Down on Migration (breitbart, Aug 30, 2019)
“The new conservative Greek government is looking to enforce stricter migration controls, claiming that its capacity to house incoming migrants is deteriorating by the day.
Giorgos Koumoutsakos, a member of the now ruling New Democracy party, blamed the prior leftist government of taking in migrants while not doing enough to send migrants back to Turkey under the pact signed between Turkey and the European Union, Kathimerini reports.
Over the last week, hundreds of migrants have arrived in the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios, who already find their migrant reception centres becoming increasingly overcrowded. In just one month, Lesbos received 2,700 migrants, according to the newspaper.
Other islands, such as Samos, are in even worse situations with one migrant reception centre meant to house just 650 people currently home to over 4,000.
Crime and violence have been a particular problem in the Greek migrant camps. Last weekend, a 15-year-old Afghan migrant attacked three other migrants at the infamous Moria refugee camp, killing one and injuring two others.
Residents of the island have also expressed displeasure with the camp.
Last year the leader of the community in Moria, Nikos Trakellis, warned that locals were becoming so fed up that “the residents are ready to take the law into their own hands. We are trying to contain the local community, to preserve whatever social cohesion is left.”
Around 22,700 migrants are estimated to be living on the various Greek islands in the Aegean, with 42 percent coming from Afghanistan and just 11 percent from Syria.
Earlier this week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed the issue of migration with both agreeing to enforce the EU-Turkey agreement.
Mitsotakis said that Greece would be increasing the number of migrants to be sent back to Turkey under the agreement and added that frontline countries like Greece bore a heavier burden, which he deemed to be unfair.
Greece has previously called on fellow EU member states to share the burden of taking in new asylum seekers, but so far no EU-wide consensus on the issue has been met.”
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A military judge has set a trial date for five men held at Guantánamo Bay and facing the death penalty for their alleged role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks – nearly 20 years after the atrocities took place.
Judge Col W Shane Cohen set a start date of early 2021 in an order setting motion and evidentiary deadlines on Friday. The five defendants include Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior al-Qaida figure who has portrayed himself as the mastermind of the 11 September 2001 attacks and other terrorist plots.
The men were first charged in 2008 and military commission proceedings began in 2012 but have moved at a snail’s pace, with more than 30 pre-trial hearings and endless procedural arguments.
Witnesses have died, lawyers have grown old and victims’ families patience has been sorely tested.
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Over 150 migrants storm through fence from Morocco to Spain
More than 150 migrants crossed the border fence at Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta early on Friday, Reuters reported.
At least six Spanish police officers suffered minor injuries as they tried to stop them, a government spokesman in the city said.
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Turkey releases report on state of emergency moves (aa, Aug 30, 2019)
“Turkey on Thursday released a report examining the state of emergency declared in the aftermath of a 2016 coup bid.
The Inquiry Commission on the State of Emergency Measures said the moves included dismissal from public service, cancellation of scholarships, annulment of the ranks of retired personnel and closure of some institutions.
“Classification, registration and archiving of a total of 482,000 files, including personnel files transferred from their institutions, court files and former applications, have been completed,” the commission said in a statement.
A total of 131,922 measures were taken and 125,678 people were dismissed from public service.
From Dec. 22, 2017 to Aug. 29, 2019 some 6,700 appeals were accepted while 77,600 of them were rejected.
Twenty-eight cases are related to the re-opening of organizations, including television channels and foundations, that were shut down, it said.
There are still 41,900 pending applications.
“Accordingly, two-thirds of the total appeals have been dealt with within a period of 20 months since the date of the beginning of the commission’s decision-making process,” it added.
The applicants can track their appeals on the commission’s website.
The commission was established on May 22, 2017 after the defeated coup attempt in order to assess and conclude the applications.
The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.”
Chad: 11 dead amid inter-communal clashes (aa, Aug 30, 2019)
“At least 11 people were killed amid fresh inter-communal clashes in southern Chad between farmers and herders earlier this week, local media reported.
The incident took place in Koumogo, around 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Barh Koh department in the Moyen-Chari region on Monday, the Al Wihda news site said on Wednesday. Police were deployed to the scene.
“If we do not pay attention, it will lead to the destruction of communities,” said a local leader contacted by the Chadian news site. He also called for peaceful cohabitation.
Earlier in August, the Central African country’s President Idriss Deby said inter-communal conflict had become a “national concern”.
The government declared a state of emergency in the eastern provinces of Sila, Ouaddai, and Tibesti in the northwest on Aug. 18. due to intensified clashes between farmers and herders.
In May, dozens of people were killed and wounded amid clashes in Sila between herders and Ouaddai farmers, according to Chadian news reports.
Ouaddai is a strategic region located on the border with Sudan.”
Paradigm shift in Austria’s security politics vis-à-vis Islam (aa, Aug 30, 2019)
“Dr. Farid Hafez is a political scientist and Senior Research Scholar at The Bridge Initiative, Georgetown University.
Austria was known to its Muslim population for a very long time as one of the most open and progressively accommodating countries in terms of Muslim life and practice.
With the Islam Act of 1912, which goes back to the Habsburg monarchy, it was one of the very few countries to legally recognize Islam as a religion.
In more recent times, however, Austria has become infamous for the anti-Muslim propaganda in its party politics, spearheaded by the right-wing extreme Freedom Party, which previously governed the country together with Sebastian Kurz’s new branded Conservatives (OVP).
The OVP, led by Kurz, has of late been the main champion of anti-Muslim legislation.
During their governance, this former acceptance of Islam was profoundly shaken, and Muslims began to be targeted by new laws and initiatives, such as the Hijab ban in kindergartens and primary schools, or the attempt to close mosques.
But despite that, the Austrian security apparatus, especially the Interior Ministry’s security agency, had previously never subscribed to the patterns of anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Rather, it used to see the Islamic Religious Community of Austria (IGGÖ) as a partner against extremism, and especially Jihadism.
However, this too seems to have profoundly changed with the new annual report of the security agency.
Following the governance of a right-wing coalition by the Freedom Party and the Conservatives, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (the official name of the security agency) closed the chapter of cooperation and adopted the right-wing agenda of criminalizing Muslim actors.
The Islamic Religious Community has thus suddenly begun to be portrayed as an Islamist danger, and no longer a Muslim friend.
And the services rendered by the Islamic Religious Community, supported by the state itself, such as religious education in public schools, have now been placed within the scope of Islamist activities that are deemed dangerous.
This new definition extends to the training of Muslim religious teachers for delivering what is called “Muslim pastoral care” to prisons and hospitals.
All of these services have so far been implemented with the assistance of the state, and even partly through state funds.
Defining these primary functions of the Islamic Religious Community as an “Islamist threat” turns a legally recognized religious institution from a partner into an enemy.
And the document does not leave it there. Throughout the Western world, corporations and states speak of diversity and inclusion as important values that have to be strengthened to foster and promote social cohesion.
More progressive institutions even speak of empowerment and positive discrimination. This is, however, not the case with the Austrian security agency, which now seems to have adopted a whole new negative approach.
According to the report, Islamists would use education, social welfare services and the organization of cultural life in order to create a “counter-society”.
Their goal in so doing would allegedly be to prevent “assimilation”, which then becomes the very goal of the security agency itself.
While many Austrian Muslims would argue that “integration” is often nothing but a euphemism for assimilation, never before has any state agency made this so explicit in an official document.
Saying this, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution clearly goes beyond its own scope, discussing not only the security threats in the society, but also laying down a social agenda.
While it alleges that Islamists have an agenda of creating an alternative society, it appears that this state agency itself is now pursuing an agenda of making Muslims invisible.
But where will this eventually lead to? Following the public presentation of this new publication, the OVP immediately announced a set of measures to forbid what they call “political Islam”.
Practically, this means adopting a new act specifically for outlawing political Islam, creating a center for monitoring political Islam and extending the powers of the Ministry of Culture to “handling” the Islamic Religious Community.
Part of this results from the new Islam Act, which had been accepted by the then Muslim leadership in 2015.
It sadly lays bare the disastrous effects of a shortsighted decision and approval, because of which the status of the institution of the Islamic Religious Community itself is now being questioned.
* Opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Anadolu Agency.”
62 Pakistani migrants land on Salento island (ansa, Aug 30, 2019)
Over 500 people disembark on Lesbos in one day (ansamed, Aug 30, 2019)
Italy: Salvini is out, but migrants still endure his policies (DW, Aug 30, 2019)
“The outgoing interior minister closed Italy’s refugee camps and its ports. But even with Matteo Salvini out of government, asylum-seekers are still trapped in a cycle of homelessness, harassment and frustration…”
More on the cop-bashing wedding guests. Flag can be seen in close-up in this video, it’s been suggested it’s the Moroccan flag but it’s missing the green 5-pointed star. The rentals and way of driving fits the profile though.
3 have now been arrested. These guys are definitely north-african:
I just noticed that the biker at the start of the video is wearing what seems to be a Berber flag. So yeah, Moroccan.