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Toronto’s Jewish Defence League — violent, racist, fascist thugs, reports Yves Engler

JDL Toronto is building neo-fascist alliances to export its toxic politics to US — People should be concerned.

No 1932 Posted by fw, April 13 2017

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…if you have any concerns with any advocacy work by the Jewish community here or around the world, please discuss it with yourselves, discuss it among your clubs, discuss it with me, discuss it with all the Jewish organizations that are here today. We are so pleased to have discussions. It’s what we do best.” — Mrs. Gila Martow. Ontario MPP presenter of a motion to “stand firmly against any position or movement that promotes or encourages any form of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance in any way…. and reject the differential treatment of Israel, including the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.” [Source: Private Members’ Public Business — Support for Israel — From Ontario Legislature, Hansard Transcript, December 1, 2016.)

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“Despite its racism and violence, the JDL finds support from much of the organized Jewish community and other powerful institutions. JDL has cosponsored demonstrations with B’nai B’rith and provided “security” for pro-Israel rallies. Canadian Jewish News coverage of the group has often been sympathetic, including publishing video of a speech by Meir Weinstein. Two years ago Barbara Kay penned a National Post column titled In defence of the Jewish Defence League and six weeks ago the Toronto Sun published an article headlined Jewish Defence League alleges hate crime. In 2014 former Prime Minister Stephen Harper even included a JDL member in his official delegation when he traveled to Israel.”Yves Engler, Dissident Voice

The above passage is but a sample of the JDL’s repugnant activities documented by Engler, a writer and political activist. In addition to seven published books, Engler’s writings have appeared in the alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Dissident Voice.

Below is a repost of his article, with my added subheadings and text highlighting. In addition, here is an embedded 44-second video clip of an incident Yves mentions in his piece – a vicious attack by a JDL-organized mob on a Palestinian-American teacher, punched, kicked and hit with flagpoles.

To read Yves’ article on the Dissident Voice website, click on the following linked title.

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Toronto’s Jewish Defence League Fascists by Yves Engler, Dissident Voice, April 4, 2017

Violence and extremist ideology of Jewish Defence League Toronto ignored by dominant Canadian media

We live in strange and dangerous times. While Toronto thugs export their violence and extremist ideology to the USA and the Jewish Defence League works with neo-fascists to bash Muslims, the dominant Canadian media has placed a cone of silence over these disturbing developments.

JDL mob attacked Palestinian-American teacher protesting at Washington AIPAC conference

At the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., a mob organized by JDL Toronto attacked counter-protesters. In the worst incident, a 55-year-old Palestinian-American teacher was punched, kicked and hit with flagpoles. Bruised across his body, Kamal Nayfeh needed 18 stitches around his eye.

JDL member charged with assault and hate crime for AIPAC assault

Thornhill JDL member Yosef Steynovitz was charged with assault causing significant injury and a hate crime.

Inspired by “Trump’s xenophobia”, JDL Toronto attempts to parlay that “into a bigger presence down south”  

Despite video of JDL thugs assaulting protesters in the US capital, no Canadian media except the Canadian Jewish News reported on the confrontation. Also ignored are JDL’s efforts to parlay Donald Trump’s xenophobia into a bigger presence down south. In January, JDL Toronto organized a meeting in the Big Apple. “We are trying to get something off the ground in New York. We have to resurrect it in other states in the US, in LA, Chicago, Florida, Philadelphia, I get emails from all over the US, we have to get this thing going,” JDL-Toronto leader Meir Weinstein told the New York meeting, according to a Ha’aretz story headlined Drawing Inspiration From Trump, Far-right Kahane Movement Seeks U.S. Revival.

The FBI labelled US JDL “a right-wing terrorist group” in 2001

The US JDL was labelled “a right-wing terrorist group” by the FBI in 2001. Its members were convicted of a series of acts of terror, including the killing of the regional director of the American Arab Anti-discrimination Committee and a plot to assassinate a congressman. A member of the JDL’s sister organization in Israel killed 29 Palestinian Muslim worshipers in the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre two decades ago.

JDL thugs have attacked Toronto’s Palestinian solidarity activists but little was done

Most people involved in Palestinian solidarity activism in Toronto have experienced JDL thuggery. During Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza in 2014, I was shoved, had my bike damaged and lock stolen by members of the JDL at a protest on the grounds of the Ontario legislature. The following day at Queen’s Park, a JDL member who worked with children at the Schwartz/Reisman Jewish Community Centre and was on a B’nai Brith softball team, Isaac Ezra Nacson, knocked a pro-Palestinian counter demonstrator to the ground and kicked him in the face. Half an hour after Nacson’s attack, a JDL member walked some 50 metres around a barricade to where I was standing alone chanting at the pro-war rally and spat on me three times. Both incidents were caught on tape by major media outlets, but little was done.

In 2014 the JDL sparked a violent confrontation at Palestine House in Mississauga. Three years earlier the RCMP launched an investigation against a number of JDL members who were thought to be plotting to bomb Palestine House.

JDL is deepening its connections with local white supremacists

While they’ve organized with the far right English Defence League and Pegida UK in the past, JDL has deepened its coordination with other local white supremacists in recent months. They’ve joined the Soldiers of Odin at Nathan Phillips Square on a couple of occasions to protest M-103, the anti-Islamophobia parliamentary motion.

Despite its racism and violence, JDL gets support from Jewish groups and powerful institutions

Despite its racism and violence, the JDL finds support from much of the organized Jewish community and other powerful institutions. JDL has cosponsored demonstrations with B’nai B’rith and provided “security” for pro-Israel rallies. Canadian Jewish News coverage of the group has often been sympathetic, including publishing video of a speech by Meir Weinstein. Two years ago Barbara Kay penned a National Post column titled In defence of the Jewish Defence League and six weeks ago the Toronto Sun published an article headlined Jewish Defence League alleges hate crime. In 2014 former Prime Minister Stephen Harper even included a JDL member in his official delegation when he traveled to Israel.

JDL Toronto is building neo-fascist alliances to export its toxic politics to US

Tacitly accepted or actively supported by much of the establishment, the JDL is probably the most powerful far right group in Toronto. The group is now using its influence to build neo-fascist alliances in the city and export its toxic politics south of the border.

People should be concerned.

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