QUESTION: Do you want to start 2022 with religious leaders in your city hosting a Jew-Hating, Muslim Imam?
Obviously you do not, so please initiate due diligence to formally request the following from Masjid Al Hayy, 786 Myrtle Street, Sanford, Florida and Imam Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri:
- Did Imam Baqri, in Arabic and English, tell his Toronto audience that Jews and Zionists need to be “eliminated?”
- Did the Toronto Police investigate the Imam’s speech under Canadian Hate Speech statutes?
- What was the result of this 2017 investigation in Toronto?
- If Masjid Al Hayy & Imam Baqri refuse to answer these simple questions, it is incumbent on city leaders to condemn this three-day Sanford program, featuring a Muslim leader who called for the elimination of Jews.
- If Masjid Al Hayy and Imam Baqri refuse to answer these simple questions, will CAIR, Florida (Council on American-Islamic Relations) condemn this three-day Sanford program, featuring a Muslim leader who called for the elimination of Jews.
Please contact the Mayor and City Commissioners of Sandford:
Art Wooruff: Art.Wooruff@sanfordfl.gov or (407) 688-5001
Sheena Rena Britton: firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 688-5001
Kerry S. Wiggins, Sr.: Kerry.email@example.com or (407) 688-5001
Patrick Austin: Patrick.Austin@sanfordfl.gov or (407) 688-5001
Patty Mahany: Patty.Mahany@sanfordfl.gov or (407) 688-5001
On July 26th, 2017 Everyday Antisemitism reported:
Yesterday Everyday Antisemitism covered the long antisemitic history of a Montreal-based Imam. This seems not to be an isolated case. Elsewhere in Canada, the Toronto Sun reported one Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri, a cleric of the Pickering-based Council of Islamic Guidance and the corresponding Al Mahdi Centre in Toronto, who allegedly told the June 24 Al Quds Day rally there in a combination of English and Arabic that Jews and Israelis need to be eliminated for what they claim they have done to the people of Gaza:
“The systematic elimination of Jews … Israelis, Zionists should know … It is the law that whoever oppresses, he has to be eliminated. One day or another”
That statement is notable because it shows that any distinction in Islamists’ perception between Jews and Zionists is merely cosmetic, showing the “anti-Zionism” cloak to often be an increasingly threadbare cover for antisemitism. This is common in antisemitic discourse generally, but the purveyors of it invariably give themselves away, as have these two Canada-based imams, by their obsessive focus on the “crimes” of Israel (real or imagined) and their apparent inability to censor themselves from the carrying across of antisemitic tropes to their criticism of “Zionists.”
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