Dear Mayor Crombie and Mississauga City Councillors,
Mississauga is known as one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in Canada – but its reputation is under threat.
On July 22 and again on Nov. 4 of this year, protesters affiliated with the Palestine House organization have commandeered Celebration Square, your city’s most iconic public space.
In July, these protesters threatened Canadian Jews by ominously celebrating an ancient battle in which the Jewish communities of the Arabian Peninsula were nearly wiped out.
In November, they went a step further, indoctrinating young children to follow in the footsteps of the “martyr” who has “sacrificed his blood.”
These events are reprehensible and worthy of your condemnation. But more importantly, they also demand action on your part.
Mississauga Parks By-Law 186-05 forbids the use of “sound amplifying equipment” as well as “riotous, boisterous, violent, threatening, or illegal activity, or use [of] profane or abusive language” on City property.
Palestine House and its leadership have now twice blatantly violated these rules. It is time to take back Celebration Square from those who would bully other communities and incite violence.
We call on you to take the following action to enforce Mississauga’s By-Laws:
1. Publicly condemn the actions of the protesters on July 22 and Nov. 4 as inconsistent with Mississauga’s status as a tolerant, diverse city;
2. Impose fines on Palestine House and its leadership for twice violating the rules of conduct at Celebration Square;
3. Prevent Palestine House from taking advantage of City property until it commits to refraining from threatening members of other communities and inciting children toward violence.
October 2, 2017
TORONTO - Just a few hours after concerns were raised by B'nai Brith Canada, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has pledged to replace its definition of Islamophobia and recall all copies of its Islamic Heritage Month Resource Guidebook until the changes are complete.Read more
|Screengrab of the TDSB's Islamic Heritage Month Resource Guidebook|
October 2, 2017
TORONTO - B’nai Brith Canada is raising concerns about an overly broad definition of Islamophobia adopted by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), which would prohibit staff and students from criticizing "Islamic politics".Read more
|A swastika found scratched into the surface in the play are at the Eitz Chaim school (Credit: Eitz Chaim)|
June 16, 2017
By Tevy Pilc
B’nai Brith Canada
TORONTO - May and June of 2017 have yielded an uptick in antisemitic incidents in the Greater Toronto Area, including three separate incidents near a Jewish elementary school.Read more
|Protestors at a rally in downtown Toronto on May 13, 2017 (Photo Credit: CIJ News)|
Monday, May 15, 2017
A rally on May 13, 2017 in solidarity with Palestinian terrorists staging a hunger strike in Israeli prisons was endorsed by the York Federation of Students (YFS) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU), B’nai Brith Canada has learned.Read more
TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada will proudly take part in community-wide events across the country next week celebrating Israel’s 69th birthday on Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), and we urge you to join us, wherever you are!Read more
|John Tory, John Filion, Rabbi Moshe Steiner, Michael Mostyn and James Pasternak at a press conference in Toronto on Feb. 22, 2017.|
By Tevy Pilc
B'nai Brith Canada
Feb. 22, 2017
B'nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn spoke at a news conference on Wednesday, Feb, 22, 2017, alongside Toronto police and Mayor John Tory at the Toronto Police Service Division 32 headquarters following incidents of antisemitic vandalism in Toronto, most notably, when post-it notes with antisemitic slurs were discovered on doors at a Toronto condo a few days earlier.Read more
Rabbi Yirmi Cohen and Councillor James Pasternak hosted a Rosh Hashana celebration at Toronto City Hall for the community on September 29, 2016.
Mayor John Tory blew everyone away when he blew the shofar.