‘Hate’ groups

National Post (Latest Edition) - - EDITORIALS LETTERS -

Re: Do We Have To Do This Ev­ery Year?, Jonathan Kay, June 12. The Jewish De­fense League that is al­lowed to march in the annual Walk with Is­rael, was de­clared by the FBI a “right-wing Jewish ter­ror­ist group.” The U.S. State Depart­ment des­ig­nated the JDL’s Is­raeli af­fil­i­ates, the Ka­hane Chai and the Kach as “for­eign ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions” — a de­ci­sion up­held by a U.S. Ap­peals Court. Kach mem­ber Baruch Gold­stein mas­sa­cred 29 Pales­tini­ans pray­ing in the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs in He­bron.

In 2001, the JDL’s leader, Cana­dian Irv Ru­bin and mem­ber Earl Krugel, were con­victed of plan­ning a ter­ror at­tack in Cal­i­for­nia against an Arab Amer­i­can con­gress­man. Why is this vi­o­lent group wel­come in Toronto, while Queers Against Is­raeli Apartheid stirs a hor­nets’ nest of op­po­si­tion?

Scott We­in­stein, Mon­treal. Re: In Sup­port Of The Jewish De­fense League, June 16. Let­ter-writer Jonathan Usher takes is­sue with my al­leged use of the word “stri­dent” to de­scribe the Jewish De- fense League (JDL). In fact, it was the Na­tional Post that sub­sti­tuted the phrase “stri­dently right-wing” for my orig­i­nal de­scrip­tion of the JDL as a “hate group.”

Per­plex­ingly, the Post al­lowed Mr. Usher to de­scribe Queers Against Is­raeli Apartheid (QuAIA) with the very phrase they would not per­mit me to use for the JDL de­spite the fact that it is the JDL, not QuAIA, which, ac­cord­ing to both the FBI and the Anti-Defama­tion League of B’nai Brith, has a long his­tory of hate crimes and ter­ror­ist acts stretch­ing back to the 1970s. Ac­cord­ingly, it is the height of hypocrisy that the same groups and in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing sev­eral city coun­cilors, who try to get QuAIA banned from the Pride pa­rade have no prob­lem par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Walk with Is­rael along­side the JDL and have no trou­ble with city funds be­ing used to police the event and clean up af­ter­wards.

Mor­ris Co­hen, Toronto.


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