Is­lam­o­pho­bia, bad. BDS? That’s okay

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I didn’t know whether to laugh at the sheer gall of would-be fed­eral NDP leader Jag­meet Singh or to cry at how eas­ily the op­pres­sion hand­wringers rushed to con­demn some­one as racist for merely ex­press­ing her right to free speech.

I’m talk­ing about the woman, Jen­nifer Bush, who at­tended a re­cent Singh meet-and-greet where she dared ques­tion him about his sup­port of Sharia law and M-103, the con­tro­ver­sial fed­eral mo­tion passed in late March which con­demns Is­lam­o­pho­bia and all forms of sys­tem­atic racism.

Sub­se­quent to that, Singh posted a re­sponse on so­cial me­dia that in­cluded these gems:

“I didn’t an­swer the ques­tion (mean­ing Bush’s ques­tion) be­cause my re­sponse to Is­lam­o­pho­bia has al­ways been ... that ‘hate is wrong’.”

His re­sponse gets even bet­ter: “Once we say it’s OK to hate some­one based on their re­li­gion, we’re also open­ing the door to hate based on race, gen­der, sex­u­al­ity and more ... it’s im­por­tant that we stand united against all forms of hate.”

I re­peat: Singh said, “it’s im­por­tant that we stand united against all forms of hate.” I frankly don’t care whether Singh is Sikh or Mus­lim. What I do care about is his highly se­lec­tive def­i­ni­tion of hate and his double stan­dard when it comes to free speech.

Ev­i­dently, the deputy leader of the On­tario NDP didn’t feel the least bit com­pelled last De­cem­ber to “stand united” with all mem­bers of the On­tario leg­is­la­ture against the hate­ful Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment.

Singh was not only one of the few MPPs to vote against Mo­tion 36, which re­jected the dif­fer­en­tial treat­ment of Is­rael, in­clud­ing the BDS move­ment.

He also spoke out against the mo­tion, us­ing the pre­dictable weasel words em­ployed by the left (par­tic­u­larly politi­cians on the left) that any such mo­tion would im­pact on the “free ex­pres­sion of dis­sent.”

Well hello! Mr. Singh, what do you think M-103 is all about and what do you think you’ve done in the past few days by re­duc­ing Bush’s le­git­i­mate ques­tions to “hate­ful and Is­lam­o­pho­bic” com­ments — a de­pic­tion ab­so­lutely lapped up by the left-wing me­dia?

That not­with­stand­ing, BDS — which se­lec­tively tar­gets Is­rael with eco­nomic sanc­tions and boy­cotts — is noth­ing more than anti-Semitism and in­tol­er­ance to­wards Jews shrouded in the guise of the crit­i­cism of Is­rael, the Jewish state.

Toronto’s Friends of Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre rec­og­nizes that as does B’nai Brith, as did most of those who voted in favour of MPP Gila Mar­tow’s mo­tion last De­cem­ber.

Ev­i­dently, Singh’s call to be “united against hate” didn’t ap­ply, ei­ther, last sum­mer when he spon­sored a press con­fer­ence in the Queen’s Park me­dia stu­dio held by as­sorted anti-Is­rael ac­tivists and 9/11 Truthers in sup­port of Mis­sis­sauga Catholic teacher Na­dia Sho­ufani — who was suspended from her du­ties af­ter mak­ing in­flam­ma­tory com­ments about Is­rael at the 2016 anti-Is­rael hate­fest, the Al Quds Day rally.

In fact, at that press con­fer­ence, when I sug­gested that the anti-Is­rael re­marks of those who spoke were hate­ful, my right to free speech was at­tacked and jeered — those in­sults con­tin­u­ing af­ter the press con­fer­ence was over.

I don’t re­call Singh stand­ing up against the hate spewed at me that day. I sus­pect, like most politi­cians, Singh sim­ply hoped that no one would no­tice he spon­sored those hate­mon­gers.

When I tried to reach out to Singh’s fed­eral lead­er­ship cam­paign of­fice Mon­day to give him an op­por­tu­nity to com­ment, I was told at first that he would “not be avail­able” in time for my dead­line and was re­ferred to the so­cial me­dia state­ment I al­ready had.

When I pressed fur­ther, I was in­formed an “in­ter­view can’t work out” and was thanked for reach­ing out.

So pleased to learn that Singh is not only a hyp­ocrite and highly se­lec­tive about who he feels de­serves not to be op­pressed but a cow­ard as well.

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