B’nai Brith Canada filed a complaint with the Vancouver police against Tarek Ramadan, an imam who called Jews “malevolent” and prayed to Allah to destroy the enemies of Islam and to grant victory to Islamic jihadists during an anti-Israel rally in downtown Vancouver last July. Ramadan also chanted “Viva Viva Intifada”, in support of an armed Palestinian uprising against Israeli civilians.
“Inciting hatred against an identifiable group is a serious criminal offence, and must be treated as such,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.
“B’nai Brith is also concerned by the participation of others in Ramadan’s hateful rhetoric. It is shocking to see families with young children publicly responding, ‘Amen’ as a faith leader denigrates another religious community.”
Last July, Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) which tracks hate speech in Arab and Muslim media, published a YouTube video of Ramadan leading Friday prayers at the Muslim Association of Canada’s Vancouver branch. Ramadan told his congregants that it was the duty of the Muslims to fight alongside their brothers and sisters in Palestine “by any means necessary,” because the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem was “under a gang of the worst kind of Mankind – if you can even call them Mankind, those Zionists.”
Ramadan also called on Canadian Muslims to fund Palestinian terrorists. “We can give them any aid they want: money, weapons, expertise. We are not going to be shy about it.”
“The Al-Aqsa Mosque, as I’ve said, is a trust placed in the hands of every Muslims. It is now invaded by an impure gang of Israelites. It is now under a gang of the worst kind of Mankind – if you can even call them Mankind, those Zionists, who have no mercy, no respect, no holiness, no respect for anybody, for any humanity”, Ramadan railed.
Ramadan is one of several Canadian imams who recently came under fire for openly preaching hatred against Jews and other non-Muslims.
Last summer, B’nai B’rith’s complaint against Muhammad bin Musa Al-Nasr, a visiting Jordanian cleric in Montreal who was recorded reciting the following verse in Arabic: “O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him” led the Montreal police to issue an arrest warrant against him.