I didn’t think much about it when Jon Allan mentioned he had a friend from the Palestinian community who would be helping us plan and marshal our parade route. Jon said he was an expert at setting-up rallies, and it was good to know we’d have someone experienced to help make the first rally possible.
When he came to our second planning meeting this man was, indeed, a wealth of knowledge. He was able to help us with the details- things like we shouldn’t plan a parade route that makes a left-turn, as that would block traffic and the city would be unlikely to give approval. We were on the right track, and things were looking good…
But, after I started to get the feeling that something was not right about the direction of the rally, I started to investigate more deeply and was rather surprised to discover we were working with a rather controversial group that have deep connections to Judy Rebick and the International Socialists!
The deeper I dig into the Robocall Rallies, the more it appears they are not what they appear to be on the surface…
Palestine House is an organization with a rather coloured history. Last summer they were facing, and denied, allegations of being involved with human smuggling. They lost federal government funding last year due to breaking the rules about non-profits engaging in political activity. They also appear to have a rather rocky relationship with the Jewish Defence League (JDL) who have held protests outside of their building.
The JDL link was interesting to discover because I remember on the day of the first Robocall Rally someone pointed-out to me that a member of the JDL was taking pictures of the inside of the truck. Someone suggested I get a couple of pictures of him- it all felt a bit like a game of Spy-vs-Spy.
When researching if their connections with the International Socialists, I discovered that Google has over 1,300 links connecting them. One of the more telling links is where the IS denounce how the government de-funded Palestine House– curiously, they play it off as a political move, and ignore the fact that PH were breaking the law by engaging in political activity. And, yes, it probably was a political move- but, it was PH who made the mistake of breaking the law now, isn’t it?
Now, have a look at the license plate of the truck that is being used for the Robocall Rallies “Al Quds1”. The Al-quds Brigades are a millitant wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad that are labelled as a terrorist organization in Canada! Personally, I find it rather disturbing to find an organization like this calling to have a new election without even waiting for an investigation- don’t you?
If you thought that was concerning, this next part gets even better. One of the speakers who came from Palestine House was Zafar Bangash, a radical Imam who is a racist, homophobe who has threatened that if the West attacks Iran “Jews may be singled-out for revenge!” Talk about strange-bedfellows for a rally about Canadian politics!
Now, this is where the story starts to get weird. Because, right after his speech we had Mathew Carroll from Leadnow.ca get up on the “Al-quds truck” and call for a Canadian Spring! Followed by a friend of Jon Allan’s who was supposedly one of the leaders of the Arab Spring!
I say weird, not only because we had an Englishman calling for a Canadian revolution shortly after a racist & homophobic Imam on the back of the “Al-quds” truck. But also because his organization, Leadnow.ca, has Judy Rebick as one of their major advisers, and Judy is a Jewish, American-born, gay feminist! Can you see how this is a little bit confusing?
Well, it turns-out that Judy Rebick has been a major supporter of Palestine House for many years now. Judy is also a supporter of the International Socialists, and supports Marxist/Trotskyist politics. So, I guess this next image shouldn’t be too surprising:
Okay, not surprising, but it is certainly alarming! Here we have the Communist Party calling for the immediate resignation of the government for an incident that hasn’t yet been proven in the courts! I really have to wonder if Jon Allan knows what he is getting into here- after all, it was he who invited these people to speak without calling for a vote with the people who were supposedly working as a ‘team’ on the rally…
I wrote about Sherif Azir in a past article about the Robocall rallies- he raised a lot of eyebrows when he spoke at the first rally and called for a “New World Order”. In my second article criticising the rallies I mentioned that I was not convinced that Sherif was who he said he was. Apparently Jon Allen didn’t take this very well, and he called me on it during a chat we had on Facebook on April 4th.
As you can see, Jon was unwilling to explain the circumstances that brought Sherif to speak on the back of the Al-quids truck that day. He was also rather defensive about Sherif’s background- in fact, it was the first thing he brought-up when he started the conversation.
Many people who have watched the video of Sherif speaking that day have made similar comments about his appearance, this is what drove me to ask the question. I was surprised when Jon told me he was a Coptic Christian- particularly because he was dressed like an Arab- he was even wearing a kaffir! My Coptic friend has confirmed this is rather unusual. Perhaps he purchased his kaffir from the Communist Party table?
So, that’s where the story of the Robocall Rallies, Palestine House, the International Socialists, Judy Rebick and the cryptic Coptic stands as of today. I’ll be attending the next Robocall rally this weekend and will definitely be sharing an update with you after.
And, Jon Allen, if you wish to clear-up anything you think I may have got wrong, I’ll be very happy to print retractions where necessary. But, if you continue ignoring my important questions, we’ll all have to wonder what you have to hide here…
- My Disillusionment With the Toronto Robocall Rally… (genuinewitty.wordpress.com)
- It’s Time to LeadNow(.ca) and MoveOn(.org) from the Robocall Rhetoric (genuinewitty.wordpress.com)
- Letter to Judy Rebick: Are You Leading The Canadian Black Bloc? (genuinewitty.wordpress.com)
- Whadayaknow! Kevin Annett Is A Member Of The International Socialists! (genuinewitty.wordpress.com)
- The International Socialists Want Violence In The Occupy Movement! (genuinewitty.wordpress.com)
- How The 5% Hijacked Occupy Toronto (And how they’re 100% illegitimate) (genuinewitty.wordpress.com)