TORONTO – A bevy of figures who have engaged in homophobic, misogynistic or antisemitic rhetoric are scheduled to speak next week in Mississauga, Ont., at a convention run by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada.
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The goal of the “Carry the Light” convention, from Oct. 6 through Oct. 7, 2018, is to “inspire Muslims to implement the true spirit of Islam in their lives” and provide a “platform to share the basis for moral, social and economic development of Canada with Canadian society at large,” according to the ICNA.
However, judging by the roster of participating speakers, the event seems more likely to foment anti-Israel hatred and promote antisemitic and homophobic conspiracy theories within Toronto’s Muslim community.
“While B’nai Brith is concerned with the attendance of anti-Israel activist and Louis Farrakhan supporter Linda Sarsour, there is a slew of other speakers who have promulgated antisemitic perspectives and conspiracy theories and even demonstrated sympathy for those convicted of terrorism,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.
“This gathering is allegedly to promote peace, interfaith dialogue and respect. Instead, because of the damaging antisemitic remarks of some of its speakers, it will only further sew the lines of division between Canada’s Jewish and Muslim communities,” he said. “The ICNA must remove these speakers immediately and replace them with community leaders who actually inspire peace and tolerance.”
Last Thursday, B’nai Brith objected in a letter to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) about the entry into Canada of some of the scheduled speakers, notably Imam Sirah [sic] Wahhaj. In an email, B’nai Brith also strongly urged the ICNA to delete the reprehensible figures it chose to highlight this year…..