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PETITION: MP Iqra Khalid Must Apologize for Rewarding Activist Linked to Hate Rally

Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid: Tone deaf to antisemitism (Photo Credit: CBC)

Aug. 15, 2018

To Iqra Khalid
MP, Mississauga-Erin Mills

Dear Ms. Khalid,

We, the undersigned, demand you apologize for bestowing a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Federal Government of Canada to Amin El-Maoued, Public Relations Chief of Palestine House, who led a July 2017 rally laden with hate-filled and antisemitic slogans.

During the rally in Mississauga, Ont., young children chanted, “Israel and Hitler are the same,” while others shouted equally offensive tropes.

As an elected official, you have a responsibility to take a principled stand against the purveyors of racism, antisemitism, and discrimination and not enable them by rewarding their behaviour.

Antisemites, racists and bigots of all sorts do not merit recognition from the Canadian government or its elected officials.

By affixing our names to this petition, we demand the following:

  1. That you immediately rescind the Certificate of Appreciation to El-Maoued, and;
  2. That you apologize to Canadians across the country for your insensitive and dangerous actions.

cc: Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada