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In Calgary, Pro-Israel Protester Reportedly Strangled With Israeli Flag; Syrian Refugee Compares Violence to ISIS (VIDEO)

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A violent scene in Calgary, Canada, where an Israeli flag was used to throttle an Israel supporter across from a pro-Hamas rally. Photo: Sun News / Screenshot.

A violent scene in Calgary, Canada, where an Israeli flag was used to throttle an Israel supporter across from a pro-Hamas rally. Photo: Sun News / Screenshot.

A pro-Hamas rally in Calgary, Canada, turned violent at the weekend, with a report of the extent of the brutality against supporters of Israel published on Wednesday by a dissident blogger who equated the hatred on display as being on par with what he experienced fleeing the civil war in Homs, Syria.

Aboud Dandachi, who has written about his support for Israel and is now living in Istanbul, wrote: The account of the violence inflicted on the small group is sickening,” referring to a television interview of witnesses by Canada’s Sun News on Monday. After the opening clip of the melee, the Sun News announcer exclaimed, “This is Canada for G-d’s sake!”

Dandachi described the victims and drew comparisons to what bloodthirsty terror outfit ISIS had perpetrated in Syria

He said, “A middle-aged woman who had been recovering from surgery was repeatedly punched. A young man had the Israeli flag he was holding tied around his neck noose-like, and dragged along the streets. A young woman was set upon by no less than six thugs and beaten unconscious. Another young man had the shirt ripped off his back, was bitten and beaten into a concussion.”

“ISIS may not be in Canada yet, but their mindset is very much alive there,” he said.

“Let’s be very clear about what happened in Calgary that day; a small group of Jewish and non-Jewish activists got together to express their opinion on an issue, and were in no way interfering with the much larger ‘pro-Palestine’ demonstration expressing an opposing view.”

“But Calgary amply demonstrated that one doesn’t have to wave the ISIS flag or pledge bai’a to its Caliphate to share the group’s vicious and extremist mentality,” he said. “On that day, it wasn’t just a small group of Jews who were assaulted; it was the very core and definition of the values of Canadian society that were so blatantly and viciously violated.”

“The apathy of Calgary’s police was just as shocking as the assaults themselves,” Dandachi said. “No arrests were made in the aftermath of the brutal violence. Indeed, one of the Jewish victims of the barbaric violence was admonished by a Calgary police officer, who told him ‘when you’re wearing that [the Israeli flag] what do you expect is going to happen here?’

“And so it begins. The capitulation of every liberal society has always begun by justifying the actions of extremists. What did the young Calgarian expect to happen. What do Copts in Egypt expect to happen when they openly pray in their churches in a predominantly Muslim country. Why are they surprised when their churches are attacked and burned. What does a woman living in Raqqa expect to happen when she doesn’t wear the burqa. Why is she surprised when ISIS thugs whip her in public. What does a KFC franchise in the Lebanese city of Tripoli expect to happen in such an anti-American atmosphere. Why are they surprised when the place is burned down.”

“As a Syrian who has witnessed his own country fall apart, and seen the region in general continue its inexorable descent into extremist madness, I have some heartfelt advice for Canada. At one point, we hoped to emulate you. Please do not end up emulating us, through apathy, complacency, or appeasement,” he said.

“It begins with a few Jews being beaten up. And I guarantee you it will end with this.”

On Wednesday, in Toronto, B’nai Brith Canada said it feared the violence would continue at the upcoming “Al-Quds Day” rally scheduled for Saturday at Queen’s Park, along with similar rallies being planned around the world over the weekend.

In a statement, the Jewish human rights organization called on the government and police “not to sanction these rallies, pointing to the fact that demonstrations across Europe, and now Calgary and Mississauga, have often turned into violent antisemitic outbursts and attacks on Jewish communal institutions.”

Frank Dimant, B’nai Brith Canada CEO, said, “As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, we are seeing a sharp rise in the numbers of attacks on Jews across the country.”

“In Europe we have seen protests turn violent, with Paris experiencing mass riots in what has been described by some as an ‘Intifada.’ At a Berlin rally the crowd chanted ‘Death to Jews’ and ‘Hitler was right.’ in Turkey rioters decreed that ‘Turkish Jews would pay dearly’ and in Mississauga, Ontario a pro-Israel demonstrator was sent to hospital after an altercation,” he said.

“Now in Calgary, police apparently refused to take seriously the threats of the pro-Hamas crowd, even as Israel activists were assaulted during a demonstration — resulting in five being sent to hospital,” Dimant said. “There are also additional reports that pro-Israel demonstrators in Ottawa were told by police to leave, since their safety could not be guaranteed.”

“In Montreal alone we have seen the effects of anti-Israel fervor which have resulted in attacks on Jews, be it a Jewish visitor punched in the face outside a kosher restaurant, a Hasidic woman slapped in the face by a man riding a bike, a Jewish boy threatened by a neighbor as he walked by their porch commanding his dog to ‘get the Jew’ and a Jewish woman protester shoved to the ground.”

“Rallies in support of terrorist organizations such as Hamas must be condemned in the strongest of terms,” he said.

Watch the video report from Canada’s Sun News below:

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