That was then. This is now:
A new petition calls on Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi to respond to the Jewish community’s complaints and concerns about hate crime and hate speech.
The petition, launched Friday by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC), says no charges were laid in relation to Al Quds Day held outside Queen’s Park on June 24 where speakers expressed anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, as well as spoke in favour of the annihilation of the Jewish people and Israel.
FSWC also wanted action against Your Ward News — a publication deemed so “highly offensive” by the federal government that it ordered Canada Post to stop delivering it.
“Over the last couple of years, FSWC has filed a number of hate crime-related complaints with police and with the Attorney General’s office. We have expressed our concern over hateful rallies at Queens Park like ‘Al Quds Day’ and hateful publications like ‘Your Ward News,’” Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the response has been inadequate and this seems to have only emboldened both white supremacist groups and Islamic groups who have both called for our annihilation.”Silly Avi. Doesn't he know that in today's "diversity"-crazed Trudeaupia, only one sort of "hate speech" is strictly verboten?:
In July, Naqvi gave his consent for police to proceed with a charge of willful promotion of hatred against Kevin Johnston, author of The Freedom Report.
The charge, unproven in court, was laid after Johnston, according to media reports, posted a YouTube video offering $1,000 for recordings of Muslim students praying in Peel Region schools.
“This is a responsibility that the Attorney General takes extremely seriously in every case,” Smith said about hate crimes in general. “Where charges are laid, Ontario prosecutes these cases vigorously.”There's a certain grim irony in all of this. For decades, Jews have counted on "hate speech" provisions (in the Criminal Code and "human rights" legislation) to protect them from vocal Jew-haters. Sadly, they failed to see where their failure to defend free speech--even the nasty, revolting kind--would ultimately lead: to a time when, not only would state authorities not silence the Jews' enemies, but when only one form of "hate speech" would be deemed worthy of state attention/intervention.
In that sense at least (and only in that sense), Muslims are, yes, the new Jews.
How long will it take Avi Benlolo and the rest to finally figure that out?