JDL has direct links to the Harper government.
Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) and Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)
PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ Feb. 9. 20-15
A racist hate organization, the Jewish Defense League (JDL), whose history includes deadly shootings, bombings, plans to bomb Concordia University, and was described by the US government as “one of the most active terrorist groups in the United States,”(1) is planning a Montreal chapter.
“The provocative appearance of the extremist organization Jewish Defense League in Montreal should raise serious concerns for our city,” says Scott Weinstein of Independent Jewish Voices.
The JDL invitation to potential members (2) states their effort in Montreal is “the initial focus of providing a quick response security team to ensure that people who promote Jew-hatred will face serious consequences from within the local community.” Their recruitment meeting is February 16, 7:30 P.M., at the Ruby Foos Hotel on 7655 Decarie Blvd..
“What is uniquely frightening about the JDL,” states Bruce Katz of Palestinian And Jewish Unity, “is that despite being a known hate group that has killed and wounded dozens, they are chummy with the Harper government and tolerated by Canadian security agencies.”
Prime Minister Harper included a JDL member in his Israel delegation in 2014 (3). This took place after Harper was criticized in 2009 for collaborating with the JDL to bar British MP and Palestinian Human Rights activist George Galloway from Canada (4).
“The real question is,” states Scott Weinstein,” with his anti-terrorism rhetoric and laws, why does Prime Minister Stephen Harper flaunt his ties with the Jewish Defense League, a group on the FBI terror list?”
The JDL’s intended presence in Montreal takes place within a volatile climate of increasing Islamophobia. “The issue of terrorism has been simultaneously politicized and trivialized,” adds Bruce Katz. “Hamza Chaoui, an imam with no history of violence or hate speech wants to open a Montreal community centre. This raises the ire and opposition of the government. But an actual terror group like the JDL is ignored, apparently because they are Jewish and Zionist.”
The JDL, no longer active in Montreal, is currently based in Toronto and in Israeli settlements inside occupied Palestine. In the US in the 1980s, the JDL’s victims included Soviet institutions, Arabs, Muslims and liberal Jews.
The JDL was founded in 1968 by ultra Zionist Meir Kahane, who made a career of preaching hatred of Arabs. Kahane founded the terrorist group Kach in Israel before he was murdered. The Israeli Cabinet declared it a terrorist organization in 1994.
Canada’s current JDL leader, Meir Weinstein, was a spokesperson for the Kach Party after a member had just massacred more than 50 Palestinian worshippers. Weinstein refused to condemn the attack (5). He told The Jewish Press, “I will always be a loyal disciple of Rabbi Kahane. Our ideology is based on the Jewish Idea as taught by Rabbi Kahane.” (6)
In 2001, former JDL leader, Montrealer Irv Rubin, and another member, were convicted of planning a terror attack in California against an Arab American congressman and a mosque (7). Rubin was also accused of planning to bomb Concordia University. Both JDL members were apparently murdered in prison.
(1) “The Jewish Defense League has been deemed a right-wing terrorist group.” FBI, Terrorism in the United State 2000-2001, Pg. 11- http://lnk.splashurl.com/1qBT ;
In 1986, the US Department of Energy concluded: “For more than a decade, the Jewish Defense League (JDL) has been one of the most active terrorist groups in the United States. Since 1968, JDL operations have killed 7 persons and wounded at least 22.” Jewish Defense League Unleashes Campaign of Violence in America- Washington Report on Middle East Affairs – Jewish Defense League Unleashes Campaign of Violence in America
Southern Poverty Law Center – http://lnk.splashurl.com/1qBU
(2) JDL website – http://lnk.splashurl.com/1u8z
(3) Harper takes the Circus to Israel – http://lnk.splashurl.com/1u90
(4) Terrorist organization that planned to bomb Concordia University advised Canadian government to ban MP George Galloway -http://lnk.splashurl.com/1uAm
(5) Meir Weinstein of JDL nailed by CBC Radio News World at Six – http://lnk.splashurl.com/1u8w ; Canadian, Press (February 26, 1994). “Mosque attack threatens talks Arafat blames Rabin for massacre”. Kitchener-Waterloo Record.
6) Jewish defense north of the border, Jewish Press, August 20, 2008 – http://lnk.splashurl.com/1uAl
(7) ADL Commends FBI for Thwarting Alleged Bombing Plot By Jewish Extremists – http://lnk.splashurl.com/1sty