On September 11, 2012 the JDL or Jewish Defense League called for a demonstration in Scarborough, ON in front of an apartment building they believed had relatives of Omar Khadr. They actually went into this community with a biker’s gang and stood across the street with the intention to intimidate and to terrorize. I have never felt so sick inside. I witnessed so many things in the West Bank that shocked my sensibilities as a Jewish woman. The atrocities of war in Gaza left me heartbroken but what I saw yesterday was so shameful.
Omar Khadr deserves to come back to Canada. Omar Khadr is the youngest person and the only Canadian citizen in Guantanamo Bay. He has been held there since he was 15, over 10 years ago.
After years of the US and Canada failing to uphold international law with regards to child soldiers and arbitrary detention, Omar was finally put through a ‘military commission’ in 2010 where the US and Canada jointly agreed to grant Omar a plea deal: one more year in Guantanamo, seven more years in Canada. According to that plea deal, Omar should have been back in Canada as of October 2011.
Whether you agree or disagree isn’t the issue. It is memories of Kristallnacht, (also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass) was a pogrom or series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938, carried out by SA paramilitary and civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening. The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues that you should think of. It is memories of Jews forced to wear a yellow star. Is that what we want in Canada for anyone? Is this not a free country with human rights laws? Are we Jews no longer a caring people?
One man last night was interviewed by a Toronto journalist. He said what do I tell my 5 year old son tonight when he asks me what is going on and why there are people shouting across the street and why there are other people in front of his apartment building chanting and talking. Do I tell them it is Jews against Muslims?
I do understand on some level why so many Jews will not speak out against Israel or against Israeli policies. I do understand that we were raised to believe this is our only hope for survival as a people. I don’t know how you can turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what is being done in your name but I understand the power of Zionism. However, I do not know how any person but especially a Jewish person could allow thugs to go to a neighbourhood to terrorize and demonize innocent people.
It is Rosh Hashanah – you have prayed for peace, for a better world, for love, for family, for your neighbours and for yourself. Soon you will ask Adonai to forgive your sins against Adonai and you will ask others to forgive you for sins against them. This is a sin – xenophobia, it is in your siddur. Speak out now. Please do not allow the JDL to speak for you, to represent you.
Here is the call out from the JDL
*JDL* Parsha & Weekly Update – Week of August 19-25, 2012
Parshah Shoftim – Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Torah Reading for Week of August 19-25, 2012 – Elul 1-7 5772
“Judges and officers shall you make for yourselves in all your gates, which HaShem your G-d gives you for your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgement.” [Dev. 16:18]
The legal system set out in the Torah provides for both judgement and enforcement, and even more, makes the enforcement a central part of the process — “and they shall judge” seems to refer to the officers as well as the judges. In addition, this commandment is given to all of Israel, rather than to a select group of leaders. How do we understand this? What can each of us do to set up judges, and even more, establish police? The answer, perhaps, lies in a deeper analysis of this obligation: within ourselves, we each must judge and police our own behavior.
As the Shla”h HaKadosh writes, the Sefer Yetzirah says that there are seven gates into a person. What are these seven “gates?” Two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, and one mouth — these are the gates, through which outside influences come into our bodies. The verse tells us to make judges and officers, to ensure that what comes in through our gates is not the bad but the good.
Take a good look at our current leadership today. A destroy Israel rally is held at Queen’s Park and our current Jewish leaders refuse to confront this clear and present threat. To those who argue that the threat was on Shabbat; all I can say is arrangements can be made, there was enough proper notice. The Jewish Defence League once again gave our community strong leadership.
The JDL will always confront and expose antisemitism. We will not sit idly by in our offices sending out weak press releases. The JDL gets the job done and good people throughout the world have taken notice and follow our example.
On September 11,
Jewish Defence League will lead a candle lite vigil outside
Al Queda Omar Khadr family home.
We will be joined by many freedom loving Canadians that oppose the possible return of Omar Khadr to Canada.
Please mark your calendar.
Thank you to all our supporters that march with us.
With Love of Israel,
Meir Weinstein, National Director
Jewish Defence League of Canada
So I ask you…….is this your Judaism??? Say something today. We all need to ask the innocent people at 720 Kennedy Road for forgiveness to pardon this sin that we allowed to be committed in our name.
Don’t be silent. Don’t say you didn’t know.