Montreal mosque under investigation for inciting violence against Jews

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A Jewish group in Canada filed a police complaint against a Montreal mosque after a YouTube video surfaced of a Jordanian imam calling for Jews to be murdered in his sermon.

Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr was an invited guest at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque on Dec. 23, 2016 when he gave his controversial sermon.

Three days later, the video was posted to the mosque’s YouTube channel, which showed the imam reciting the Arabic verse: “O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

CBC Montreal News reports:

The controversial verse comes from a religious text known as a hadith, which interprets the words and actions by the Prophet Muhammad.

The hadith in question deals with end times and tells how stones and trees will ask Muslims to come and kill Jews hiding behind them.

CBC also quoted the group’s regional director in Quebec, who verified the imam’s quoting of an Islamic hadith: “This is inciting violence, and this is inciting radicalization.”

B’nai Brith Canada filed the police complaint on March 20, 2017. It was later reported that a representative from B’nai Brith Canada criticized the city’s police for not acting in a timely manner against anti-Jewish hate speech complaint, as it was “the second complaint against a Montreal-area mosque filed with the Montreal police’s hate crime unit in just over 40 days.”

“This is inciting violence, and this is inciting radicalization,” said Harvey Levine, regional director of B’nai Brith in Quebec. “This is totally unacceptable. We want to know why the hate crimes unit has not done something to date yet. This person should be arrested and charged for hate crimes,” said Levine, adding that the complaint was filed with the Montreal hate crimes unit.

The Canadian mosque is also taking heat from the Muslim community in Quebec, who alleges the sermon for directing “hatred towards non-Muslims.” The president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, is demanding the mosque apologize and wants to know why the cleric was invited to preach.

According to CBC News, CIJA Quebec, an organization that advocates for the Jewish community, has close ties with the Montreal police and has been following the two complaints. “We know the Montreal police are seriously and diligently investigating these sermons,” said David Ouellette, deputy director for CIJA Quebec. He claimed that police are close to completing an investigation of the first complaint and charges have not been filed.

 

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