Canadian School Teacher Defends Notorious Terrorists in Toronto Area-Based Holocaust-Denying Newspaper
A teacher at a Catholic school in Ontario, Canada has once again defended two notorious terrorists, this time in an Arabic-language newspaper known for peddling Holocaust denial and describing Judaism as a violent faith.
Nadia Shoufani of the St. Catherine of Siena Separate School wrote in an article published in Meshwar on Sunday that she will “not stop quoting the words of Ghassan Kanafani,” and “will not stop demanding freedom for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah,” according to the advocacy group B’nai Brith Canada.
Kanafani served as the spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist group — blacklisted by the Canadian government — which organized the 1972 Lod Airport massacre that killed 26 people.
Abdallah was sentenced to life in prison by a French court in 1987 over his role in the murders of American and Israeli diplomats, as well as an assassination attempt against an American consul.
Meshwar, which is based in the greater Toronto area, has previously published articles claiming that “Jews are the real terrorists” and calling the Holocaust “the biggest lie in history,” according to the watchdog group Honest Reporting Canada.
Bruce Campbell, a spokesperson for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board that oversees St. Catherine’s school, told The Algemeiner on Friday that his organization “just became aware” of Shoufani’s remarks, and “will be looking into” the matter. A spokesperson for the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) also told The Algemeiner that it “is aware of the most recent media coverage,” but cannot “comment on matters at the investigation stage.”
This is not the first time Shoufani came out in support of Palestinian terrorists. During a rally marking Al-Quds Day in Toronto in July 2016, Shoufani praised Kanafani as a “martyr” and called for Abdallah’s release. She was temporarily suspended with pay as investigations were carried out by the Dufferin-Peel school board and OCT, but later returned to the school.
“She was reinstated in the classroom last November as a result of an arbitrator’s decision, so she’s been back teaching for almost a year in the classroom,” Campbell said. “We have not heard of any issues related to her prior to this issue that was just brought to our attention.”
Speaking of the public reaction to Shoufani’s comments in 2016, Campbell noted the school board heard “a lot of feedback on both sides of the argument in support of her right to free speech and also condemning the nature of her comments.”
The chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada, which submitted a formal complaint to OCT, observed that “it’s hardly surprising that Shoufani would continue to support terror leaders given that there were no consequences for her initial comments.”
“By doubling down, she has demonstrated a pattern of unacceptable behaviour,” said Michael Mostyn, “and we demand that the OCT and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board remove her from the classroom.”