This brief, 3-minute video shows footage of the annual Al-Quds Day Rally held at Queen’s Park (the Ontario Legislature) in Toronto, which took place this past Sunday, August 28th.
Speakers are seen describing Israel as a â€œcancerâ€ that must be killed, Israel is accused of being involved â€œwherever we see injustice happeningâ€, and Israelis are called â€œracistsâ€, â€œbarbariansâ€, and â€œinhumanâ€. The flag of Hezbollah, a terror organization banned under Canadian law, is also flown by demonstrators.
It is important for people to understand that there is a world of difference between legitimate criticism of Israeli government policies and a denial of the right of Israel to exist, in language that is without question anti-Semitic. In the case of this rally, â€˜criticism’ of Israel quickly crossed the line into outright anti-Semitism.
The video also shows how those who genuinely believe in human rights often share a podium with hate-filled extremists. Those activists should be accountable for the company they keep.
This is a video project the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has launched today, to highlight the link between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.