A Mississauga resident says a speech he made at a videotaped pro-Palestine rally in Toronto, now the focus of a police investigation, has been taken out of context.
Elias Hazineh, who made headlines after taking on Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion in an unsuccessful conflict of interest case, acknowledges making the “inflammatory” remarks at an Al-Quds day event over the weekend.
“I did give a speech in Toronto that generated some controversy, it’s true,” he said.
In the videotaped speech Hazineh, a Palestinian-Canadian Christian and former head of Palestine House, a group that promotes Palestinian culture and the Palestinian liberation movement, can be heard saying: “When somebody tries to rob a bank, the police get in. They don’t negotiate. And we have been negotiating with them for 65 years. We say, ‘Get out or you are dead.’ We give them two minutes and then we start shooting, and that’s the only way they’ll understand.”He admits the words were “inappropriate.”
Funny, that's what I say every time zany Khomeini's Al Quds Day rolls around and hordes of angry Khomeinists assemble en masse at Queen's Park to seethe and rage about the eee-ville Zionists. "Who let these crazy Zion-loathers into Canada?," I ask. "Enough is enough!"“The language was used in a metaphor, it was not used in reality... It was inflammatory, I admit, but it was to make a point. I was trying to say that enough is enough...
My letter to the Toronto Star (if it gets in, drinks are on me):
Elias Hazineh, who claims his Al Quds Day comments were "taken out of context," used to head up Palestine House, an organization whose logo shows the entire State of Israel, plus the "occupied territories," covered in the same checkered pattern as the one on the late Yasser Arafat's head scarf. In other words, an organization that would eliminate Israel and replace it, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, with a Jew-free Palestine. As such, I think it's fair to put Hazineh's call to shoot Israelis on sight in that context--the context of someone whose thinking is in synch with eliminationists in Iran and around the world, along with the ex-pat Khomeinists right here in Canada, who, like Hazineh, took part in this odious hate-fest.