Trudeau announces Amira Elghawaby as Canada's first representative to combat Islamophobia

Ron in Regina

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I can say for Israelis, many of them are amused and baffled when they hear that there are people in Canada who call Israel a “white settler colonial state.”
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It comes as a surprise to descendants of Holocaust refugees. It comes as a surprise to Jews of Ethiopian descent and of Iraqi and Tunisian and Algerian and Moroccan descent that our multicultural, multiethnic, democratic state in the Jewish ancestral homeland gets called a white settler colonial state by people around the world and in places like Canada and the United States.

It’s the best definition we have and what we’re seeing since October 7, with the horrific outburst of antisemitism that has left Jews in Canada feeling scared and intimidated, is that anti-Zionism, antisemitism — these theoretical debates — are irrelevant for all intents and purposes. Those who are calling for the destruction of the Jewish state, those who are calling for the destruction of the country that is home to half of the Jews in the world, are calling for violence and persecution against Jews, and they’re going after Jewish targets in the diaspora as well.

They see them all the same, and this is a fight that we cannot allow them to win when you see people accusing Israel of every crime under the sun. And you see the protests against Israel are not really about Israel. They say it’s about police brutality, and about LGBT rights and about climate justice.
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What they’re doing is slipping into the same patterns of antisemitic thinking, which has always been to say: all the problems in the world have one common root. That root is the Jews.

If you fix the problem of the Jews, you fix the problems of the world. That is what we see now with the demonization of Israel and Israelis. With the attempt to paint Israel as being involved with everything that is wrong with the world. It’s the same antisemitic pattern that says, “If only we deal with the Jews, if only we fix that problem, we’ll redeem the world.”
If you are at the encampment because you genuinely support the terrorists who burned people alive at a music festival and you want them to do it again and you see the barbaric acts of sexual violence as glorious resistance, I have nothing to say to you. You are not someone I can speak to. You are an enemy, and I think that society needs to shun you and expose you.

To the extent there are people who are protesting because they don’t like this war, and they want it to go away, I’ll say, you know who really wants this war to go away? Young people in Israel. They’re the ones who’ve been drafted into (the army) reserves. And now they’re having to fight because a terrorist army invaded their country, burned people alive and abducted hostages into the Gaza Strip.

We want this war to go away. We want to live in peace. But we realize, if we do not, defeat the terrorist army that did this, there will be a next time and it will be worse. We’re not going to abandon the hostages in the Hamas terror dungeons no matter how many times you tear down hostage posters to try to make people forget that they are still there.
 

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I rather suspect that for the vast mass of Israelis, their knowledge of the positions of "some Canadians" is exactly the same as their concern therefor.

0=0. It's a mathematical axiom.
 
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Ron in Regina

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When Amira Elghawaby was named as Canada’s first special representative on combating Islamophobia in 2023, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was so enthused he released the news himself. Elghwaby was cited as “an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate” who “has had an extensive career supporting initiatives to counter hate and promote inclusion.”
It only took days for someone to draw attention to an article she’d written suggesting a “majority of Quebecers appear to be swayed not by the rule of law, but by anti-Muslim sentiment.” Those and other comments she’d made about Quebec earned her a public rebuke and led to her making an embarrassing public apology.

Apart from inertia, there’s the not-implausible suspicion the prime minister and his cabinet see such appointments mainly as convenient means to attract support from targeted voting groups. How better to show you care about an ethnic, cultural or religious community than to hand some cash and a fancy title to one of its members?
That being the motive, no one wants to look too closely at the recipients’ record, which carries the danger of discovering something. Everyone has potential embarrassments if you look closely enough, why bring it up if you don’t want to find any?
 
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Ron in Regina

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Amira Elghawaby? Comments?
 
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Ron in Regina

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You can’t fight antisemitism in Canada without engaging the most passionate Palestinian supporters, a good few of whom clearly do mean “Jew” when they say “Zionist,” at least to my and many other Canadians’ eyes and ears.

You can’t fight Islamophobia in Canada without engaging Quebec nationalists, many of whom make no bones about being fearful of Islam and what pious Muslims might do to Quebec society. You can’t fight Islamophobia without talking to the only province that bans teachers and Crown attorneys and police officers from wearing a hijab.

But Elghawaby can’t talk to Quebec, and never will be able to talk to Quebec, because in the past she had disrespected Quebec’s all-consuming victimhood complex. “I want to puke,” she wrote on Twitter in response to a historian’s proposition that French Canadians were “the largest group of people in this country … victimized by British colonialism.” Etc…
 

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Playing the victim has always been profitable for Quebec. And it is still the most decisive factor in promoting Canadian unity.
 
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