Press Release: CIJA Disgusted by Glorification of Terrorism in Canadian Newspaper

For Immediate Release

TORONTO, ON – The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is alarmed by reports that a Canadian Arabic-language newspaper recently published an article glorifying Palestinian mothers who “sacrifice” their sons as suicide bombers and terrorists.

On August 3rd, the Toronto-based Arabic publication Meshwar printed an article glorifying the mothers of Palestinians who were “sacrificed” for “the jihad for Palestine.” The article praises three women whose sons carried out or coordinated suicide-bombings against Israelis on behalf of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The author, Muhammad Sayf al-Dawla, is an Egyptian activist who reportedly served Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

In response, Martin Sampson, Vice President, Communications at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following:

“We are disgusted that this Canadian newspaper is once again celebrating terrorism. Meshwar has a long history of praising terrorism, Holocaust denial, and other antisemitic statements. Thousands of civilians have been murdered or maimed by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad attacks.
“Nothing is more offensive to human rights and Canadian values than celebrating the cold-blooded murder of civilians and the profoundly harmful process of dehumanization that foments suicide bombings.”

“We are registering complaints with the relevant press councils and we call on Meshwar to apologize for publishing such a blatant glorification of murder.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.

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For more information, please contact:
David Ouellette
Directeur, recherche et affaires publiques
Le Centre consultatif des relations juives et israéliennes
514-294-4420 | douellette@cija.ca

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