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Report from the Northern Front: Montreal Redux

ICC Note

The radical Muslims are infiltrating the Canadian political parties, civic organizations, human rights commissions and other aspects of Canadian political and economic life. In fact, what the radical Muslims are doing in Canada is what they have already done in countries such as England , where they even went to the extent of persecuting Christians. If they succeeded in England and are succeeding in Canada , it is time to Americans to walk up before the Islamists threaten the freedom of religion and expression in the United States too.

By David B. Harris

10/14/2008 Canada (IPT)- Canada ‘s awakening to radical-Islamist penetration of its political, bureaucratic and social infrastructure, reached a watershed moment this month.

All three panelists were moderate Canadian Muslims. All three face death fatwas. And all three spoke unsparingly – some giving names and startling specifics – of the Sharia surge and stealth jihad in Quebec and the rest of Canada . Indeed, detailed allegations were heard about Islamist inroads into the federal New Democratic Party (NDP), Canada ‘s social democratic party, and about infiltration of a government commission with power to define and silence “hate” speech. These were momentous claims in the context of Canada ‘s national election campaign – the national vote takes place today. As evidenced by the number of journalists in attendance, the Quebec media were galvanized.

India-born Dr. Salim Mansur of the University of Western Ontario opened by calling on Canadians to end the political correctness and self-censorship that has muffled efforts to debate the stealth jihad – the gradual radical-Islamicizing of Canadian society. Like other speakers, he distinguished between moderate Muslims and Islamists, and warned of accelerating fundamentalist efforts “to establish a parallel society within Quebec and within Canada , as they are doing in Europe , that will be administered on the basis of Sharia.”

Professor Mansur warned stirringly of increasing radical penetration of Canada ‘s political and social infrastructure. In the midst of the election, he turned his guns on Canada ‘s social-democratic New Democratic Party (NDP). The Party and its leader, he said,

“have gone to bed with Islamists, operatives of the Canadian Islamic Congress, and other organizations, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations Canada, the Muslim Student Associations in our universities, ISNA – the Islamic Society of North America … for reasons of sheer political opportunism at the expense of the security of our citizens, and defending the fundamental values of our democracy.”

Pakistani-Canadian Raheel Raza, a noted cross-cultural and interfaith facilitator and author of Their Jihad, Not My Jihad, rose to damn the radicals. She condemned Islamist grievance-mongering and attempts to alienate Muslims, particularly Muslim youth, from the mainstream. Noting that she was Number 5 on a radical-Islamist list of the world’s most hated Muslims, she said she aspired to reach the Number 1 position.

But it was Pakistan-born pro-Palestinian socialist author, Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, who put a discernible chill through the assembly. A former senior official and candidate of the New Democratic Party (NDP), he declared that the NDP was the target of an Islamist takeover bid. This campaign was having success, he warned, and risked suborning the federalist party with the third largest number of seats in Canada ‘s House of Commons.

But, according to Fatah, all this was only part of his concern about his former party. The 17-year veteran of the NDP, looked back with dismay on the Party’s apparent unraveling by radicalism, and took careful aim:

“But slowly, I saw the Party open its doors to Islamists – first under [former NDP leader] Alexa McDonough, when supporters of Hamas and Hezbollah managed to join her personal legislative staff; and later, under [current leader] Jack Layton, when the doors were flung open. One Hezbollah supporter even managed to become the Ontario NDP’s vice president.”

Fatah claimed that “in the last NDP leadership campaign, I was witness to an attempt by a group of wealthy Islamists, to back one Member of Parliament for the leadership, with the stated objective of controlling the Party.” He spoke of “six or seven” business people “who were advised that, of all the parties in Canada , the NDP was the easiest to take over and make to serve the Islamist agenda.”

Fatah asserts that he “was present when this meeting took place,” and would be prepared to “point out the people” who raised about $100,000 for the Islamist leadership campaign. The author of Chasing a Mirage and now a supporter of the Liberal Party, said he “informed Jack Layton of the scheme” including the radicals’ attempts to portray Layton as “pro-Israel.”

“But,” Fatah added, “by 2006, I had come to the conclusion that the Party was up for grabs, and noticed a countrywide recruitment in the NDP by pro-Hamas and pro-Hezbollah activists,” and withdrew from the NDP. “Today, the NDP is running Islamist candidates and its discourse is dominated by support of terror suspects in the guise of a defense of human rights.”

Fatah expressed particular concern about certain Muslim NDP candidates’ waging of a “relentless campaign to portray Canada as essentially anti-Muslim, and to instill a sense of forced victimhood among Muslim youth.” He took to task one such candidate – a lawyer – for reportedly proclaiming that the judge who recently convicted the first of the alleged ” Toronto 18″ terrorists, did so because of anti-Muslim bias.

Infiltrating and Silencing

Depicting the NDP travails as a reflection of the broader international jihad by “political Islam” against the liberal-pluralist values of the West, Fatah then turned to the campaign against free speech. He reminded the audience that the Organization of Islamic Conference is pushing at the UN and elsewhere for Sharia-oriented “blasphemy” laws that would silence efforts to define and describe the enemy. He pointed to the way that the Canadian Islamic Congress had used Canada ‘s human-rights’ commissions, and their complaint mechanisms, to lay siege to publications such as Maclean’s, Canada ‘s leading newsmagazine. Then his focus narrowed to one illustrative aspect of this campaign.

Free speech advocates would have been satisfied with the dismissal, and this should have ended the matter. But Hall, in a virtually unprecedented departure from acceptable conduct, went on to proclaim that Maclean’s had been guilty of anti-Muslim prejudice. Indeed, as though writing from the CIC’s playbook, she even pelted Maclean’s with that rather contrived construct, “Islamophobia.” Few understood at the time, how such extraordinary and damaging conclusions could have been reached without benefit of hearings, evidence, or any opportunity for Maclean’s to cross-examine or make a defense.


“… if you’re scratching your heads, reading the outrageous attacks on Maclean’s magazine by Barbara Hall, … let me share with you the news that the Ontario Human Rights Commission is itself infiltrated by Islamists, and I say that on the record. One of its commissioners … is an admirer of Ayatollah Khomeini and has close links to the Canadian Islamic Congress. This is the CIC that filed the complaint against Maclean’s, and this man was sitting as judge and jury. Another Commissioner also has close links to the CIC and is a former President of the Canadian Arab Federation – again, closely linked to the Canadian Islamic Congress. But how many Canadians know this is happening?

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