TDSB Ward 10 trustee candidate Ausma Malik appears to be the target of an anonymous co-ordinated attack. In addition to being heckled at a candidates’ debate, her campaign office says that thousands of flyers were distributed throughout the ward this week which, among other things, accuse Malik of being a supporter of the Toronto 18 terrorist cell and a proponent of Sharia law. One flyer even has a photo of Malik superimposed over a yellow and green Hezbollah flag.
Re the accusations being mean-spirited and unfounded, I would direct your attention to this Sept. 27th article by Sue-Ann Levy“The accusations are incredibly mean-spirited and they’re lies,” Malik says. “I’m doing this because I believe in public education, I believe in our community, and I believe that an inclusive, equitable and progressive public education system is possible — and especially in light of this, absolutely necessary.”
- In 2006, at a time when Hezbo rockets were raining down on Israel, Ausma, then a University of Toronto student, was front and center at an "anti-war rally" outside the American consulate. During the "protest," she called Israel's response to Hezbo's provocations "state-sanctioned murder" and instructed Prime Minister Stephen Harper to "get a backbone" (i.e. to stop supporting Israel and start supporting its enemy in the war).
- Her words went over particularly well with all the Hezbo supporters--and there were many of them--who had thought to bring their yellow Hezbo flags to the rally.
- "Pictures from that day show [Ausma], wearing a headscarf...and speaking beside Ali Mallah, a well-known pro-Palestinian, pro-Hamas activist and CUPE official."