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Montreal BDS Activist Arrested for Assault on Pro-Israel Protesters (VIDEO)

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Francis Mounadhel. Photo: Facebook.

A political activist was arrested in Montreal on Tuesday for assaulting pro-Israel protesters last month, Canada’s CIJ News reported.

According to the report, well-known Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist Francis Mounadhel was taken into custody for his attack on members of the Jewish Defense League of Canada (JDL).

Mounadhel is the head of a University of Quebec student group called “Solidarité pour les droits humains des Palestiniennes et Palestiniens UQÀM” (Solidarity for Human Rights of Palestinian women and Palestinian UQÀM) and a frequent organizer of BDS rallies in Montreal.

The incident for which he was arrested occurred on August 10, as JDL activists were preparing to protest the World Social Forum conference, which was denounced by major Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith Canada as “promoting antisemitism and the anti-Israel boycott movement.”

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As they approached the venue, Mounadhel and “radical leftist activists” affiliated with the Solidarity Across Borders Anti-Racist Response Committee (SAB Antifa) physically attacked them, the report said.

An eyewitness told CIJ News at the time that Meir Weinstein, national director of the JDL, “was punched in the face, a woman was shoved and another woman scratched.”

Mounadhel is scheduled to appear in court on October 4, and his trial is set for November. He is also forbidden to contact any member of the JDL.

Following news of Mounadhel’s arrest, Weinstein told CIJ News, “We want to make it clear that they [anti-Israel activists] think they can intimidate Jewish organizations. It’s not going to happen — not on campus, not on the streets, not anywhere.”

Watch the assault on JDL protesters below:

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