Friday, March 27, 2009

No Double Standard, Right?

Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of Toronto's Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center has called for two Arab religious figures to be barred from speaking in Canada.
Benlolo called on government officials to determine whether Sabri and Hanna represent a security threat to Canada.
He accused Palestine House and groups behind Israeli Apartheid Week of "bringing radicals to town to speak about divisiveness."Instead, he said, they should "bring people who are peaceful and talk about coexistence and how we can work out our differences."
Former Grand Mufti Ekrima Sabri is on record saying some pretty unambiguously hateful and bigoted things about Jews and actively promoting violence. Putting him in the same category as Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem however seems inappropriate as the only factor Benlolo mentions in his call for Hanna being barred from speaking in Canada is that he once described Jerusalem as an 'Arab city'.

Does this mean Benlolo will be actively demanding that any Israeli figure who has ever described Jerusalem as a 'Jewish city' be barred from speaking in Canada?

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