Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Warren Kinsella and the JDL

One of the ironies of the past week is that Meir Weinstein, the leader of the Jewish Defence League of Canada and former North American spokesperson for the banned Kach movement, has called for George Galloway to be banned from Canada as a terrorist apologist. Hence you have a bona fide terrorist apologist, Meir Weinstein, calling someone else a terrorist apologist. Well, I guess it takes one to know one. Kach has been listed by the US State Department as a terrorist organization since 1994 and has been banned by Canada since 2005.

How is Weinstein an apologist for terrorists? Well back in 1994 Kach and JDL member Baruch Goldstein shot and killed 30 Palestinians at Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs. Weinstein, using the pseudonym of Meir Halevi and in his capacity as Kach's North American spokesperson was asked about this by the media. Weinstein told Canadian Press ""[o]ur organization does not condemn the attack. It condemns the Israeli government for not providing adequate protection for settlers."

This leads us to our second irony of the week, Liberal aide and one time anti-racist Warren Kinsella spoke last night at a meeting organized by the JDL as a surprise guest. Kinsella hinted at this yesterday on his blog but it seems he was too embarassed to actually name the organization that called the meeting describing it only as a "Zionist group".

Now what would possess Kinsella to share a platform with a man who has been an apologist for terrorists and who, until recently, belonged to a Facebook group called מוות לערבים (mavet l'aravim) which means "Kill the Arabs" in English? Has he gone completely mad? If he was simply naive and was somehow bamboozled from Weinstein he should say so publicly and apologise. Otherwise, we're left with no other conclusion than that Kinsella has completely lost whatever political judgement he once had. Who in their right mind would associate themselves with a group that has advocated genocidal murder?

Apparently Kinsella and or apologists are now trying to tell BCL that the event was not a JDL meeting but a "public meeting at the Zionist Centre". Well that's being too cute with the truth. Yes, it was a public meeting at the Toronto Zionist Centre, but it was organized by the Jewish Defence League, featured Meir Weinstein, head of the JDL, and was billed as a JDL meeting on the JDL website.

If that's not bad enough Weinstein, in a comical appearance on Britain's Channel 4 news, showed his fascist colours by saying that if Galloway's tour organizers attempted to pursue a plan to allow Galloway to speak to planned meetings via webcast or some sort of closed circuit broadcast the JDL "will see to it that the Canadian government will be monitoring every individual and organization that will have anything to do with it” and also called for anyone associated with the Galloway tour to be investigated. Kinsella is supposed to be a liberal. Does he support the police state tactics Weinstein is advocating?

Finally, one can't forget that the JDL is a terrorist organization.
From Wikipedia:
In its report, Terrorism 2000/2001, the FBI referred to the JDL as a "violent extremist Jewish organization" and stated that the FBI was responsible for thwarting at least one of its terrorist acts. The National Consortium for the Study of Terror and Responses to Terrorism states that, during the JDL's first two decades of activity, it was an "active terrorist organization." The JDL was specifically referenced by the FBI's Executive Assistant Director Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence, John S. Pistole, in his formal report before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. While the consortium writes that the JDL does not currently engage in terrorist actions, according to The Washington Post, both active and former JDL leaders currently serve as primary fundraisers for the outlawed Israeli terrorist group Kahane Chai.Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has compiled a long list of mainstream sources it says show a thirty year history of JDL terrorism on U.S. soil, as well as its association with Kahane Chai.
And before anyone says that Canada's JDL has nothing to do with the US JDL take a look at this.

Really, if someone set up Al Qaeda Canada would anyone take seriously claims that this Al Qaeda has nothing to do with the others?

For more on Weinstein's neo-McCarthyite call against Galloway's defenders see this post on Dr. Dawg's Blawg.

Dawg has also written on Weinstein's Facebook shenanigans and his on again, off again, "facebook friendship" with Peter Kent which raises another point: if even Peter Kent knows enough to shun Weinstein how can Kinsella be so daft as to accept a speaking engagement from him?
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Anonymous said...

Great coverage on this meeting involving Meir Weinstein. I've been looking in to him since his absurd comments, and now, thanks to you, I'll be looking more in to Kinsella and this meeting which I heard of. Great post! Thanks :)

Chrystal Ocean said...

Excellent post.