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Time for Toronto to Intervene: Sign B’nai Brith Petition Calling for Ban on Al Quds Day Hatefest

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May 2, 2023

TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada is calling on Toronto to take action against the Al Quds Day hatefest that takes place annually in the heart of the city.

Late last month, participants chanted genocidal slogans and speakers praised terrorists, creating a hostile environment for Jews in the streets downtown. Toronto is Canada’s largest city. In response, B’nai Brith has launched a petition calling on the City of Toronto to ban these venomous gatherings. This is not a novel concept, Berlin, Germany, fed up with the caustic nature of Al Quds Day, have banned their occurrence.

Speakers in Toronto at Al Quds Day 2023 included Khaled Barakat, a senior member of the PFLP, and Charlotte Kates, International Coordinator of Samidoun, both of whom are the subjects of ongoing B’nai Brith investigations for their Canada-based activities.

Al Quds Day rallies take place annually in cities around the world. Inspired by the Iranian Ayatollah decades ago, the rallies platform extreme anti-Israel advocates who regularly promote hate against the world’s sole Jewish state and its inhabitants.

“It’s time for Toronto to intervene and bring an end to these hateful gatherings,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “There exists precedent for using legal tools to bring an end to rallies that inspire hate against Jews. There is no excuse for Toronto to remain inactive in the face of such vitriol. We ask concerned Canadians to share and sign this important petition.”

Click here to sign B’nai Brith’s petition and tell Toronto no to Al Quds Day hate.