Canadian Arabic-Language Newspaper Publishes Article Inciting Anti-Jewish Murder
Another Arabic-language newspaper has featured an article blatantly glorifying terrorism by honoring Palestinian mothers who “sacrificed” their children as “martyrs” and suicide bombers.
The article boasts of deadly terrorist operations sanctioned by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. But the article was not only circulated among several Arabic websites, it also was published in the Toronto-based Arabic-language newspaper Meshwar, according to a press release from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
Meshwar featured a story in its August 3 issue that highlighted three mothers with sons who had orchestrated suicide bombings targeting Israelis as part of “the jihad for Palestine.”
“Learning about the stories of (the mothers) Umm Mahioub, Umm Radwan and Umm Nidal makes you wonder. It is true that we see the scenes of the martyr’s family almost daily in Palestine. … What is the nature of these people? Where did all this faith come from and [where did they get] all this iron ability to sacrifice and give and be patient and to bear pain and separation, and ask for more?” writes Muhammad Sayf al-Dawla, as translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
This type of terrorism glorification is part of a systematic phenomenon that encourages many Palestinian families to produce children who engage in violence against Israelis. But violent incitement is usually expected in Palestinian media outlets — not in North American publications.
Al-Dawla reportedly served in Egypt’s previous Muslim Brotherhood-ruled government. He is a founder of the “Egyptians against Zionism” campaign, which sought to upend Egypt-Israeli ties, al-Ahram reported in 2012. Al-Dawla is also cited as a former security adviser for ex-Egyptian president and senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohammed Morsi. His article originally appeared in a blog post last month.
Meshwar is a free weekly publication that often prints antisemitic cartoons and has an audience of roughly 4,000 readers in the province of Ontario, the Canadian Jewish News reports.
According to CIJA, which describes itself as “the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada,” Meshwar “has a long history of praising terrorism, Holocaust denial, and other anti-Semitic statements.”
In 2014, Meshawar‘s editor Nazih Khatatba referred to a gruesome terrorist attack in Jerusalem as a “courageous and qualitative” operation. In that November 18, 2014 attack, two Palestinian terrorists infiltrated a synagogue in Jerusalem and targeted worshipers and a policeman with firearms, axes, and butcher knives, killing four Israelis that day, with two more victims dying from their injuries later.
In response to the latest article, the CIJA is “registering complaints with the relevant press councils” and calling “on Meshwar to apologize for publishing such a blatant glorification of murder.”
Several Arabic-language publications across Canada have a history of promoting terrorism and contribute to rising antisemitism. In 2016, the Jewish human rights advocacy group B’nai Brith published an audit highlighting increasing antisemitic incidents in the country over the past decade.
“The Audit also highlights the emergence of a new and frightening trend in Canadian antisemitism: incitement against Jews in mass media, especially in Arabic-language publications,” B’nai Brith reported. While the organization “was successful in exposing and removing many of the most egregious examples, the lack of response from law enforcement and government paints a worrying picture of this phenomenon going forward.”
For example, in 2016 another Canadian Arabic-language newspaper, Al Saraha, published a blatantly antisemitic article titled: “The Question Which Everyone Ignores: Why Did Hitler Kill the Jews?”
That article accused Jews of facilitating Germany’s “economic collapse” in the 1920s and encouraging “promiscuity … homosexuality ..
This example, along with the most recent case of terrorism glorification in Canada, shows that radical Islamist incitement is not confined to the Middle East. Hateful rhetoric of this sort also continues to be propagated in the West as well.
Steven Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing, and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, a non-profit organization that serves as one of the world’s largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups.