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Call for 'Duty of Jihad' Rings Out – in Windsor, Ontario
I grew up in Windsor, Ontario, and during the early 1960s recall only one controversy involving Jews. Isaac "Izzy" Novak, a local version of Sandy Koufax, created a stir by declining to pitch a baseball game on Yom Kippur. Things are quite different now. As the Windsor Star reports, an Arabic-language newspaper is calling knife attacks on Jews in Israel a "sacred duty of jihad."
According to Michael Mostyn, chief executive of B'nai Brith Canada, "A number of community newspapers, such as Windsor's Al Forqan, are directly contributing to the radicalization of Canadian youth by glamorizing murder as a sacred religious duty." The headline of the Al Forqan editorial in question, Mostyn said, was "The Duty of Jihad" and "a matter of great concern."
B'nai Brith compiles an Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents and, wrote Mostyn, "the data gleaned from our extensive history of recording such incidents strongly suggests a correlation between rhetoric, such as that found in Al Forqan, and increasing levels of anti-Semitism. Calls for violent jihad and support for listed terrorist groups have no place in a civilized democracy." Mostyn is urging police, public safety officials, and Michael Coteau, Canada's Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, to "launch a full investigation of the paper and particularly the offensive editorial published in Issue 33, October – November 2015."
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