Jonathan Kay wrote an ugly and vile diatribe against Prime Minister Harper’s admirable and courageous support of Israel. He complained: “It is one thing to express solidarity with Israel in its struggle to fight off enemies in a tight corner of the world. But the rhetoric Harper is using in Israel is so soaring and effusive, that it seems almost to erase the line that marks where the policies of one country begin and the policies of the other end.” This sounds like the “dual nationality” rhetoric that haters of Jews and Israel use in America to smear Zionists, which is all the more puzzling since Jonathan Kay has long been identified as pro-Israel.
Further Kay goes after other proud Zionists, referring to me as an “anti-Islamic conspiracy theorist.” I asked the National Post’s editor Jesse Kline for equal space to rebut Kay’s repulsive attack, but the editor of the National Post would only allow a 250-word response letter to the editor:
The jihadi threat
Re: Harper’s Support For Israel Is Welcome — But Oddly Manic, Jonathan Kay, Jan. 22.
Stephen Harper is standing with Israel, and Jonathan Kay isn’t happy. He complained Wednesday about the Harper government’s supposed “fixation” with Israel,” and criticized Harper for including in his delegation “a Rabbi who has offered public support to Pamela Geller, an anti-Islamic conspiracy theorist.”
When have I ever trafficked in conspiracy theories? A captured internal Muslim Brotherhood document explains that the Brotherhood sees its work in America as “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.” This document names virtually all major Muslim groups in the U.S. and Canada as allies. That is not conspiracy theory. That is conspiracy fact.
Kay says the charge that the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has Hamas ties is “lazy, apparently baseless, and possibly libelous.” Is Kay unaware of the evidence of NCCM’s Hamas ties – summarized recently by Point de Bascule? Not coincidentally, Kay recently appeared at an NCCM event with smear merchant Nathan Lean of Reza Aslan’s Aslan Media, who relentlessly defames anyone who stands against jihad terrorism.
It’s appalling that Kay demeans Harper’s pro-Israel stand. Opposing jihad is unpopular among elites; Jew-bashing is the cause du jour. Following the wolf pack are lemmings like Kay, selling out his people to stay relevant. Why do we never hear politicians being criticized in these same pages for being too pro-Islam? Too pro-Sharia? Perhaps because despite the fact that they have no spine, they want to keep their heads…and their paychecks, of course.
UPDATE: Point De Pascule has this excellent expose on NCCM / CAIR’s Ihsaan Gardee, Justin Trudeau’s advisor Omar Alghabra, Amnesty Secretary General Alex Neve and National Post’s Jonathan Kay tweet about NCCM and Hamas (thanks to Gisele)
After the director of communications of Prime Minister Harper said that the National Council of Canadian Muslims has “documented ties” with Hamas, an ally of NCCM/CAIR, Amnesty International Canada Secretary General Alex Neve, tweeted a message of support for the organization. NCCM/CAIR Executive Director Gardee, Omar Alghabra and Jonathan Kay took part in the exchange that followed.
IHSAAN GARDEE (@ihsaan) is NCCM/CAIR Executive Director. The organization was known as the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) until last July. In the past, CAIR-CAN has identified the Washington-based / Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as its “parent organization” (p. 14).
ALEX NEVE (@AlexNeveAmnesty) has frequently collaborated with NCCM/CAIR in the past (2005 – 2006 – 2008 – 2013). In 2005, Neve joined Tariq Ramadan and CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee to speak about Security for Canada, although Tariq Ramadan represents everything but an asset for the security of the country.
In a 2004 interview given to an Egyptian periodical, Tariq Ramadan described the Canadian legal framework as “one of the most open in the world,” and he suggested that Muslim leaders operating in Canada should take full advantage of it in order to discretely implement sharia principles one at a time. Ramadan added that “for the time being”, it would be preferable not to openly mention the term sharia since it “is laden with negative connotations in the Western mind.”
In 2011, in Dallas, Tariq Ramadan went along the same lines and openly enjoined his supporters to “coloniz(e) positively the United States of America … with our understanding of Islam, our principles.” A few weeks ago, at the RIS convention, Ramadan repeated the same message and told thousands of Muslims gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre that “We are not here to be accepted. We are here to change the society.” (Video excerpt – Full speech 48:56 – Transcript)
JONATHAN KAY (@jonkay) is the National Post Managing Editor. In 2010, after Kay reviewed Martin Gilbert’s In Ishmael’s House – A History of Jews in Muslim Lands, CAIR-CAN’s human rights and civil liberties officer Julia Williams criticized him for “weav[ing] a narrative that presents Muslims as pathological Jew-haters, and Islam, at its very core, as anti-Judaism.” In his book review entitled A hate reaching back 1,400 years, Jonathan Kay wrote that the Koran itself inspired Muslims to attack Jews in the early years of Islam and that today, these early battles inspire modern jihadists:
“The Koran contains several very specific curses against Jews. And as modern terrorists often like to remind their YouTube audiences, Muhammad himself was a prolific Jew-killer. [A] passage from In Ishmael’s House, for instance, describes events that took place after the Prophet’s soldiers captured members of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe in the year 627.”
“To this day, in fact, bloody episodes from early Muslim history involving the killings of Jews are often cited casually in Arab propaganda against Israel. No effort is made to interpret these stories in any sort of allegorical sense; instead, they are celebrated at face value as victories that validate the foundational Muslim narrative of conquest and submission.”
In recent years, NCCM/CAIR’s assessment of Jonathan Kay has changed dramatically. On October 26, 2013, Jonathan Kay was greeted as a “special guest” by NCCM/CAIR leadership in a meeting on Islamophobia. Yet, Jonathan Kay had written in the past that the accusation of Islamophobia is used to censor those who “[c]onnect the dots between Canada’s radicalized mosques and the terror threat”…
Two messages written by Jonathan Kay were retweeted by Ihsaan Gardee. They can be viewed below or directly accessed on Jonathan Kay’s Twitter account (message 1 – message 2) or on PdeB (message 1 – message 2).
MRT @nathanlean: Canada’s PM @pmharper set 2 go 2 MidEast. Who will he take? An anti-Muslim hate group supporter. http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
8:12 AM – 17 Jan 2014
MRT @jonkay: If PMO claims Cdn group has “ties” 2 terror, group shud b prosecuted — or statement shud b retracted http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
7:45 AM – 17 Jan 2014
MRT @omaralghabra: It’s very serious when PM accuses a Canadian group of having links to terrorism without evidence http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
7:40 AM – 17 Jan 2014
MRT @jonkay: I agree – any1 who praises Pamela Geller isn’t sum1 who shud be in entourage of Canada’s Prime Minister http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/01/20140116-132313.html …
7:39 AM – 17 Jan 2014
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