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Canada: Paramount Fine Foods owner awarded $2.5M in hate speech (Islamophobia) lawsuit

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Punitive sharia enforcement in a once free country.

The plaintiff,  Mohamad Abdallah Fakih, is the founder and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods, a Middle Eastern restaurants and food chain operating in Canada, USA (Florida, New York), UK (London – Paddington, Brixton and Gloucester), Lebanon (Beirut), Pakistan (Karachi), and the Ivory Coast (Abidjan). Rachel Ehrenfeld writes here, Fakih’s relationship with Justin Trudeau seems very close. Trudeau was invited several times to Paramount Fine Foods, and he has joined the Canadian Primer’s political and charitable activities. Fakih called Trudeau “my good friend,” and said “ I have personal and direct relationship with Justin Trudeau.” Trudeau called Fakih “my friend” and “the best of Canada.”

Born in Tairdebba, the small Shiite village in south Lebanon – home also to Imad Mughniyeh, former Hezbollah Chief Commander – Mohamad Fakih has managed skillfully to translate his meteoric business success to political power by establishing close relationship not only with Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau, but also with other Liberal ministers, members of Parliament and local politicians.

Dismissing the idea of entering politics, it appears that Fakih favours rubbing shoulders with people in power to promote his community and business targets, as well as his political agenda.

For the Liberal Party Fakih is a one of the most valuable political asset that can help in mobilizing the Muslim and the Arab communities to vote for reelection of the Trudeau government in 2019 elections.

But Fakih should reconsider his partnership with Islamic Relief Worldwide and Islamic Relief Canada. Tom Quiggin, a Canadian intelligence expert, has recently sent to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police a request to launch a investigation into financing terrorism. It is based on a new report that shows that Members of Parliament and Ministers have been sending taxpayers’ money to organizations that fund extremism and terrorism. According to Quiggin, one such organization is Islamic Relief Canada, which recived funds from a variety of government programs.

Islamic Relief Canada, according to its own annual reports, “works independently and in partnership with Islamic Relief Worldwide and other local and international partners to fund ongoing programs.” Quiggin noted that seven different independent and reliable sources have stated their views that Islamic Relief Worldwide has been funding terrorism including Hamas. Islamic Relief denies terrorist links.

 

Canada: Paramount Fine Foods owner awarded $2.5M in hate speech (Islamaphobia) lawsuit

By  Meredith Bond, City News, May 13, 2019:

The owner of Paramount Fine Foods, Mohammad Fakih, has been awarded $2.5 million by an Ontario judge after suing Kevin Johnston and FreedomReport.ca for defamation.

Fakih sued Johnston (above) and the Freedom Report back in July 2017 for several incidents including a series of videos which spewed “hateful Islamophobic remarks.”

In the decision made by the Ontario Superior Court, a judge ruled the statements made by Johnston met all three elements of defamation.

Justice Ferguson said Fakih and his restaurant were “the clear targets” of the defendant’s hateful expressions and “the remarks are facially defamatory and would tend to lower Paramount Fine Foods and Mr. Fakih’s reputation in the eyes of a reasonable person.”

The judge also ruled the defendants statements “shared all the essential hallmarks and attributes of an expression that is not worthy of protection.” The decision also states the hateful Islamophobic remarks have no basis in fact.

Johnston has been ordered to remove or destroy any copy or reference to the videos and content identified in the lawsuit and they are permanently restrained from coming within 100 metres of Fakih, his residents and his family.

They are also banned from making any contact with, recording or attempting to record Fakih and his family and posting any defamatory statements concerning Fakih or Paramount Fine Foods.

The lawsuit states between July 23 and Aug. 1, a series of eight videos were posted by Johnston on the Freedom Report that made a number of malicious and false statements against Fakih and Paramount Fine Foods.

Some of the statements include: “The restaurant is in the middle of an industrial area ‘for the sole purpose of allowing Islamic discussion whether it be terrorist talk or not,” “You have to be a ‘Jihadist or have raped someone else’s wife as a condition of entry to the Restaurant,” “Mr. Mohammad Fakih wants to be part of giving money to convicted terrorists.”

He also called for a boycott of Paramount “until they come clean on terror involvement.”

The lawsuit also said the videos included the restaurant’s facade and logo and a photo of Fakih altered to show blood on his hands and face.

When a libel notice was served to Johnston, he responded by broadcasting more malicious content, including calling Fakih a “radical Muslim” and a “radical Muslim terror funder.”

The suit also states before the videos were posted in April of 2017, Johnston approached Fakih when he was at the Erin Mills Town Centre with his three children, aged four to 13. Johnston began accusing Fakih of supporting terrorism and took pictures and videos of Fakih’s children. He also followed Fakih and his family to the parking lot. The incident was reported to police.

Since the videos were posted, Fakih says he is often approached at public events by strangers who comment about the statements made by Johnston. He also recalled in October 2017, his eldest son returned home from school and said he had been harassed by other students who had seen the videos online.

The lawsuit also claims Johnston’s videos have had an effect on Fakih’s business and Paramount’s employees.

 

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