Canadian Jewish groups call for action against hateful rhetoric against Israel, Jews

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“The government must act against anti-Semitism and the promotion of terrorist groups,” said Michael Mostyn of B’nai Brith Canada.

 Jewish groups in Canada are decrying an Arabic-language magazine and human-rights organization for two separate incidents of anti-Israel activity.

B’nai Brith Canada has called for the Canadian government to “dissolve” the not-for-profit corporation “Canadian Defenders for Human Rights” after that group’s leader, Firas al-Najim, was caught on film in Arabic praising the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, and chanting “Death to America.”

According to a translation provided by B’nai Brith, al-Najim said in Arabic: “We will continue fighting alongside … Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon … . ” He also went on to praise Iran.

In a separate incident, HonestReporting Canada, which seeks to provide fair and accurate coverage of Israel in the Canadian media, reported that an Arabic magazine published a column that called for the destruction of the Jewish state.

The Dec. 31 edition of Meshwar Media included an Arabic column by a writer named Kamal Khalaf that, according to a translation provided to HonestReporting, saying, in part: “In Gaza, the Al-Qassam Brigades defend the defenseless and besieged people, with all their capabilities” and that “We must actually start working to end the project of the State of Israel on Palestinian land and build our historic national home one every inch of it.”

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