Just weeks after National Intelligence chair nominee Chas Freeman stepped down from the post, citing the “barrage of libellous distortions” of the Israeli Lobby, it appears the lobbies influence is flexing it’s muscle in Canada, by issuing threats to Canadian peace groups and activists who assist British MP George Galloway.
Canada’s security officials recently deemed British MP George Galloway as a potential security risk due to his anti-war views. The officials also cited his contribution of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza as an illegal act. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has the authority to override the decision made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, but he said Friday that he won’t intervene.
What prompted Minister Kenney’s decision to now allow Galloway in to Canada, it appears, was due to an open letter by the Jewish Defence League of Canada (JDL). JDL Canada National Director Meir Weinstein, in his letter to Minister Kenney, described Galloway as a “proxie of Iran”, made references to neo-nazis, and asked that Canada ensure it does everything to “keep this hater out of Canada”, and also included a number of out-of-context video clips.
The idea that Minister Kenney’s decision was ultimately influenced by the JDL and Meir Weinstein may not seem entirely unappropriate. After all, the JDL has, as one of it’s core principals “the need to both move to help Jews everywhere and to change the Jewish image through sacrifice and all necessary means”. However, the JDL also goes on to state that those necessary means include ”strength, force and even violence as a last resort.”
Meir Weinstein, a proxie of Israel, and previous member of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), has raised eyebrows in Canada over his ability to persuade Minister Kenney to ban MP George Galloway. Furthermore, after the JDL and Weinstein sued the Canadian Arab League for libel, Minister Kenney followed suit by setting a review to slash public funding to the Canadian Arab Federation.
A note that Minister Kenney has perhaps failed to notice as of late, but is certainly gaining attention, was the thwarting of a planned terrorist attack four months after 9/11 by the JDL. The FBI explains:
On December 11, 2001, Irving David Rubin and Earl Leslie Krugel were arrested by the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force for conspiring to build and place improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California, and the local office of Congressman Darrell Issa. Rubin and Krugel were subsequently charged with conspiracy to destroy a building by means of an explosive, as well as possession of a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence. Rubin and Krugel were active members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a violent extremist Jewish organization. Statements by Rubin and Krugel indicated that they had planned the attack against the mosque to demonstrate the militancy of the JDL. Krugel further indicated that the attack was planned to provide a “wake up call” to the Muslim community. It was determined that Rubin and Krugel had already acquired the necessary components to build an IED, including pipes, fuses, and smokeless powder.
The fact that Minister Kenney perhaps missed, is that the JDL has been responsible for numerous bombings, assasinations, beatings, and intimidation since 1968, and were described in 1986 as “one of the most active terrorist groups in the United States”. Granted, after the JDL’s failed terrorist attack in 2001, the group went in to hiding only to re-emerge years later. The JDL is currently active again the the United States, recently holding a gun class for it’s members.
Meir Weinstein, of the Canadian chapter, has attempted to distance himself from the JDL in the US, and it’s past of terrorism. However, the terrorism does not end there. Weinstein, when asked if the JDL in Toronto adheres to the original ideology of Rabbi Kahane, states in a 2008 interview with the Jewish Press that he “will always be a loyal disciple of Rabbi Kahane. Our ideology is based on the Jewish Idea as taught by Rabbi Kahane.”
The question that then needs to be asked is, who is Rabbi Kahane? Rabbi Kahane was one of the original founders of the JDL in 1968, as well as a founder for a group name KACH, an Israeli political party. Meir Weinstein served as the Canadian spokesperson for KACH in 1994. KACH, however, was later listed (and is still listed) as a Terrorist organization, and therefor banned, by Canada, the United States, and Israel.
Meir Weinstein, and the JDL’s, influence in Canada is starting to emerge. What becomes even more frightening was Weinstein’s threats to Canadian peace groups, organizations, and individuals who are assisting (or will assist) MP George Galloway in entering Canada and speaking in four Canadian cities. Weinstein, while being interviewed by UK’s Channel 4 News and speaking with Mr. Galloway, states that any Canadian citizen that assisted Galloway in speaking this month, or attempts to help him speak outside of Canada, will “be looked in to regarding their ties to terror groups”, and further went on to warn that the JDL will flex it’s influence again by seeing to it “that the Canadian Government will be monitoring every individual and organization that has anything to do with George Galloway “.
More than 50 organizations including the Council of Canadians, Canadian Civil Liberties Union, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, anti-war coalitions in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, several large labour unions and many community organizations are all potentially under investigation, or will be under investigation, if Meir Weinstein’s influence is true to his words. Minister Kenney, to date, has shown his willingness to support Mr. Weinstein, and Canada’s security services has followed suit.
Mr. Galloway is scheduled to begin his Canadian tour starting 30-March-09. Public pressure is beginning to mount on the Conservative government as there are a number of petitions to help push the government and Minister Kenney to allowing Galloway in to the country.
On the house, watch some Galloway videos that show what this guy is REALLY about, and what you DON’T hear from the mass media:
It’s easy to find a ton of smear videos, including those that the JDL has sent in their open letter of hate. They compare Galloway to Hitler, they edit the videos completely out of context, and they also create edits that are completely biased. When you see these videos, look around for the FULL clip.