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Protests against Israeli military action in Gaza held in major Canadian cities

Photo: Shannon Kelly/CTV Montreal

Hundreds of Canadians protested Israeli military action in Gaza Saturday with demonstrations held in some of Canada’s major cities.

The protests were on the second day of an Israeli ground offensive that saw the death toll in Gaza top 330 people.

In Montreal, several hundred people marched through the streets in the city’s north end to denounce the attacks.

Jaoudat Abouazza, who emigrated from the West Bank in 1977 and still has family throughout the region, said it’s been harrowing watching the tragedy unfold. Continue reading

CALGARY: Israeli–Palestinian conflict brought into Canadian streets

July 18, 2014 7:48 pm

Tensions flare at Calgary protest over conflict in Gaza Strip

By   Global News

CALGARY- A protest in downtown Calgary about the conflict in the Gaza Stripturned violent on Friday.

Around 6 p.m., hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall in support of Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza. However, a handful of Israeli supporters showed up, and a confrontation broke out.

Some men began pushing and shoving, and one man even stomped on an Israeli flag.

That prompted police to get involved, and a line of police officers set up across Macleod Trail to try and ease tensions.

As a result, all four lanes of Macleod Trail near Olympic Plaza were shut down.

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MONTREAL: Billionaire Tunisian refugee complaining he has no money to pay his chauffeur, the $5,000 monthly rent and children’s private school fees

Canada’s billionaire refugee having a hard time making ends meet

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Belhassen Trabelsi in happier days before the fall of his brother-in-law, Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

AFPBelhassen Trabelsi in happier days before the fall of his brother-in-law, Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

MONTREAL — The chauffeur goes unpaid, the children’s private school fees are in arrears and making the $5,000 monthly rent is a struggle.

Life in Canada is not as rosy as Belhassen Trabelsi imagined when the billionaire fled Tunisia in 2011 in the midst of a popular uprising that drove his brother-in-law, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, from the presidential palace.

And new Federal Court ruling rejecting a bid by Mr. Trabelsi and his wife, Zohra Djilani, to loosen financial restrictions placed on them means things are not going to get better soon.

The June 27 decision by Justice Jocelyne Gagné upholds Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s June 2013 denial of a request from the couple to unblock $109,680 to cover living expenses and legal fees.

Under federal law, Mr. Trabelsi, Ms. Djilani and their four minor children are listed as “politically exposed foreign persons” whose assets in Canada have been frozen at the request of Tunisian authorities because of their close ties to the deposed president. (Mr. Trabelsi’s sister is married to Mr. Ben Ali.)

Judge Gagné concluded the Trabelsi family has managed to maintain a “quite high” lifestyle since arriving in Montreal in January 2011, and the funds claimed were not necessary to meet their reasonable expenses.

Court documents show the money would be used to cover nearly $10,000 a month in living expenses over six months, including $5,000 in rent, $1,740 for a chauffeur and $240 for cigarettes. Legal fees accounted for $30,000 and private school fees $25,000.

The family members are seeking refugee status after being stripped of Canadian permanent residency obtained in the 1990s. They say they would be in danger of persecution, torture and death if returned to Tunisia.

In a 2008 diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks in 2011, the U.S. embassy in Tunis called Mr. Ben Ali’s extended family a “quasi-mafia” and singled out the “strong-arm tactics and flagrant abuse of the system” of the Trabelsi clan.

“Belhassen Trabelsi is the most notorious family member and is rumoured to have been involved in a wide range of corruption schemes,” the cable said.

Mr. Trabelsi has been convicted in absentia and sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption, including illegal trade in precious metals and illegal transfer of currency.

Court documents depict him as a broken man since being forced to flee Tunisia.

A 2012 psychologist’s report entered into evidence describes him as “a sincere but extremely anxious and depressed 50-year-old.” It says he is on anti-anxiety medication and at one point contemplated suicide, but was dissuaded by thoughts of his children.

“He is hopeful that he and the family can have a normal life and enjoy the freedoms in Canada as well as the Canadian lifestyle,” the report says.

The court file includes a 2012 letter from Ms. Djilani to Mr. Baird, in which she says her wealth and that of her husband was not acquired illegally or fraudulently. She likens the federal government’s list designating her family as “politically exposed” to “Nazi lists that the world contests to this day.”

She depicts her family as “victims of a revolution and blind settlings of accounts … We came to Canada because of the esteem and respect we have for this great nation, a country of rights par excellence.”

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TORONTO: Teacher Abshir Hassan killed by spray of bullets

Hundreds turn out for Rexdale funeral of slain teacher

Some arrived in a school bus, others on foot to Khalid Bin Al-Walid mosque to pray and remember Abshir Hassan.

By:  News reporter, Published on Fri Jul 11 2014

He looked so small as he approached the too-tall microphone, the young boy dressed head to toe in black, his eyes cast downward.

Standing before the grieving crowd gathered in Lawrence Heights Community Centre Friday night — inside a gym not unlike those where slain supply teacher Abshir Hassan spent countless hours — Ahmedshaw Naimi unfolded his paper and began his speech. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Naima Rharouity died of severe brain injury

Severe brain trauma killed victim of Montreal escalator incident

Naima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro ThursNaima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro Thursday, Jan. 30. (Image: Facebook)

CTV Montreal 

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:54PM EST

The coroner’s office has informed the family of Naima Rharouity, killed last week in an incident at the Fabre metro station, that she died of severe brain trauma.

But they could shed no light how she suffered such a grievous injury, only saying it was an accident.

It has been a week of agony for her husband Cherkoui El Hanana, who has been struggling to understand what happened. (…) Continue reading

Humera Jabir: Quebec’s xenophobic moment

Quebec’s xenophobic moment

The public reaction to the death of a hijab-wearing Montreal woman has become one of the darkest chapters of xenophobia in Quebec’s charter of values saga.

By: Humera Jabir Published on Tue Feb 04 2014
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The death of a Montreal woman last Thursday after her clothing became entangled in a subway escalator should have been a moment of sombre reflection on the fragility of human life. Instead, sensationalist francophone media coverage and the comments it unleashed online turned this tragic death into one of the darkest moments of racism and xenophobia in Quebec’s charter of values saga.

Naima Rharouity, wife and mother of two, was wearing a hijab on the day of the incident. The Journal de Montréal, among others, capitalizing on heightened sensitivities towards the garb in the current charter debate reported with no verification that Naima had been strangled by her hijab. The Journal maintained the report even after police stated the cause of death was unknown. But wearing the hijab was all it took for Naima’s death to become fair game for online commentators who, fuelled by irresponsible media coverage, hurled statements such as “This is what you get for deciding to keep it on,” “Where was Allah?” and “One less terrorist in Montreal.” Continue reading

MONTREAL: Naima Rharouity was an extraordinary woman, widower El Hanana​ Cherkaoui says

“She was there to help people – she arrived here more than eight months ago and the first thing she wanted to do was help people,” Anie Samson told CBC News.

 

Fabre metro vigil recalls mother killed in escalator incident

“She was a noble woman,” says widower Cherkaoui El Hanana

CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2014 7:54 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 03, 2014 10:51 AM ET

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Fabre metro station Sunday to remember Naima Rharouity, who died there last week when her scarf became entangled in an escalator.

People lit candles and placed flowers around a photo of Rharouity outside the entrance to the metro station where she died just minutes after dropping off her son at daycare last Thursday. Continue reading

VLAD TEPES BLOG: Quebec is now hearing a landmark and critical lawsuit, which may have freedom-of-speech implications for us all

Quebec is now hearing a landmark and critical lawsuit, which may have freedom-of-speech implications for us all.

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Eeyore

First let me thank Susan Victoria for translating this article, as well as much material for us from the current hearings in Quebec on the secular values charter.

Below is a translation of an article on a lawsuit being brought against a man in Quebec who took a picture of a woman in a full islamic face covering. The man has already, as I understand it, fled Canada because of it.

This is a serious and important case and issue with consequences for us all. Should the case be decided against freedom of expression etc. it is a safe bet that this precedent will be used in other Western nations trying to come to terms with the same problem because of the same people. (…)

MONTREAL, QC: Family shocked by ‘horrific’ death at Fabre metro; victim identified as Naima Rharouity

Naima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro Thursday. (Image: Facebook) Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/family-shocked-by-horrific-death-at-fabre-metro-1.1664751#ixzz2s7qYTHMu

Family shocked by ‘horrific’ death at Fabre metro
Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/family-shocked-by-horrific-death-at-fabre-metro-1.1664751#ixzz2s7plekug

CTV Montreal
Published Friday, January 31, 2014 12:19PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 31, 2014 9:40PM EST

The Quebec coroner’s officer is conducting an autopsy to retrace the events leading to the death of Naima Rharouity, the 47-year-old mother of two who died when a piece of her clothing became entangled in an escalator at the Fabre metro Thursday morning at about 9:15.

CTV Montreal spoke to a member of the victim’s family – a family whose name has also been spelled as Rhertouity – who acknowledged the loss of their loved one in what they called a “horrific accident.”

The family member said they are still waiting to learn more about the circumstances of the accident and still don’t know what happened. Continue reading

Canada: Muslim mother and son convicted of threatening daughter of the family and her boyfriend with religious crime

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/01/canada-muslim-mother-and-son-convicted-of-threatening-daughter-of-the-family-and-her-boyfriend-with-honor-killing/

As Blazing Cat Fur points out, this Ottawa Citizen article never once mentions Islam. This steadfast and universal refusal to identify the root cause of incidents like this one only ensures that there will be more of them.

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. (…)