Jewish league to counter-protest anti-Zionist Al Quds rally in Queen’s Park
Posted by satyrikon στο Αύγουστος 18, 2012
Toronto — Anti-Israel activists are slated to square off with counter-protesters at Queen’s Park on Saturday afternoon, with the Ontario legislature’s lawn divided north and south between the two opposing groups.
The anti-Zionist rally, part of the pro-Palestinian International Day of Al-Quds Day initiated by Iran’s Grand Ayatollah in 1979, will go ahead despite last-ditch efforts by Jewish community representatives to convince the province it should reconsider approval of a site application.
On Friday — the same day the Ontario government confirmed the event, citing freedom of speech — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked the annual Al-Quds Day, telling worshippers at Tehran University “the existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity.” Thousands of Iranians shouted “Death to America! Death to Israel!” during state-organized protests, where the regime called for Muslim unity to foil Western support for Israel and where Mr. Ahmadinejad called Israel a “cancerous tumour.”
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