On February 18, 2017 the Palestine House (البيت الفلسطيني) and the Arab Palestinian Association (المجلس الكندي الفلسطيني) held in Mississauga, Ontario an event in solidarity with the Palestinian people celebrating the 52 anniversary of the Palestinian revolution that started with Fatah movement’s first armed attack against Israel on January 1, 1965. Liberal MP Omar Alghabra attended the event.
“On behalf of the Palestine House and the President of the board brother Fadlu Michael (فضلو ميخائيل), I would like to take this opportunity to offer our congratulations for our Palestinian people and to our brothers in the Fatah movement as it is the 52 anniversary from the start of the Palestinian revolution. In this dear occasion we remember the symbolic leader Yassir Arafat [founder of Fatah, PLO and the Palestinian Authority], and we promise to continue the struggle to achieve the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people… Brothers and sisters, Mr. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau represents our dream of a real change and achievement of social justice and rejection of racism and the preserving the value of the family and the Canadian humanitarian message. Justin Trudeau, we are with you and you are our choice. I would like to express our respect and admiration to our great MP Iqra Khalid. We fully support Motion 103 on the Islamophobia. Iqra, you are doing a great job for Canada.”
In his speech, Amin El Moued (امين الموعد), a board member of the Palestine House, said among other things the following:
On behalf of the Palestine House and the President of the board brother Fadlu Michael (فضلو ميخائيل), I would like to take this opportunity to offer our congratulations for our Palestinian people and to our brothers in the Fatah movement as it is the 52 anniversary from the start of the Palestinian revolution. In this dear occasion we remember the symbolic leader Yassir Arafat [founder of Fatah, PLO and the Palestinian Authority], and we promise to continue the struggle to achieve the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people… Brothers and sisters, Mr. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau represents our dream of a real change and achievement of social justice and rejection of racism and the preserving the value of the family and the Canadian humanitarian message. Justin Trudeau, we are with you and you are our choice. I would like to express our respect and admiration to our great MP Iqra Khalid. We fully support Motion 103 on the Islamophobia. Iqra, you are doing a great job for Canada.
Rashad Saleh, the Secretary of Fatah movement in Canada, called on the Mississauga Muslim community to vote for the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau. On October 10, 2015 he wrotethe following on his Facebook page:
“Under no circumstances vote Pc. Voting NDP is a lost vote. You want to get rid of Harper. VOTE LIBERAL.”
In 2014, Rashad Saleh endorsed the Liberal candidate Bonnie Crombie in the elections to the Mayor of Mississauga. On October 3, 2014, he postedthe following:
“In 23 day we will be voting for a new mayor for the city of Mississauga the race is on and people ask who should they vote for Our Choice Is BONNIE Crombie. Vote For Bonnie Crombie. She is young full of energy and willing to learn, following the footsteps of Hazel. Very much involved in and with the Community. has clear vision about the issues concerning Mississauga residents Transportation, employment, safety and development. So you r Choice Is BONNIE Crombie.”
In 2015, Nazih Khatatba, a board member of the Palestine House in Mississauga and the editor of Meshwar newspaper, sided with New Democratic Party. On July 21, 2015, Khatatba posted a picture of himself with Mulcair, accompanied with the following text:
“With Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), which constitutes the official opposition in the Canadian Parliament, during a press conference and a tour he made in the Province of Ontario in order to introduce the positions of his party and his team. Surveys indicate the lead of NDP in the parliamentary elections which will be held on October 19. Mulcair has pledged to change the Canadian policy, including towards the Middle East, if his party wins the elections, by espousing more balanced positions regarding the relations with the Palestinians and Israelis and by repealing the Anti Terror Bill C-51 Bill, which grants the security services vast authorities to arrest people and to determine their place of residence.”
a comment to this posting Khataba added:
“I am with NDP and I don’t support the Liberals not because of his [Justin Trudeau] supportive position of homosexuals as this is an issue of a personal right for them, but because the Liberal positions don’t differ much of the Conservatives with regard to the leaning to Israel.”
The Palestine House was de-funded in 2012 by the federal government for what then Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney referredto as a “pattern of support for extremism.”
Minister Kenney’s spokespersontold The News via e-mail (February 2012) that “Palestine House has in the last few years aligned itself with terrorist causes, including celebrating the release of terrorists and honouring the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), one of the groups that formed the Palestine Liberation Organization and in the 1960s and ’70s, was responsible for numerous armed attacks and aircraft hijackings.” In response Palestine House spokesperson Samir Jabbour saidthen that “Palestine House categorically denounces all forms of terrorism or extremism” and its “positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are in line with universal values of human rights… [and] “are very close to the positions of the government as stated on its website.”
On October 14, 2015 the Palestine house posted on its official Facebook an invitationto its planned rally. The English version read the following:
“In solidarity and support of the Struggle of the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation and aggression.”
The Arabic version of the invitation used the term intifada:
“Protest rally in solidarity and support of Palestine Intifada (انتفاضة). In cooperation with solidarity movements with Palestine in the area of Toronto, the Palestine House invites you to to participate in the solidarity rally with al-Quds and Palestine Intifada (انتفاضة). It will take place on Friday October 16 at 6pm in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto.”
The Palestinian al-Quds Intifada, also dubbed the Knife Intifada, is supported and directed by the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah (the Palestinian Authority-PLO-Fatah) and Gaza (Hamas).
On January 19, 2016 the Palestine House celebrated the 14thbirthday of the Palestinian child terrorist Ahmed Manasrah and called for his immediate release from the Israeli jail.
Armed with kitchen knives, Ahmaed Manasrah, then 13 years old, went on October 12, 2015 with his cousin Hassan Manasra, 15, to Jerusalem’s Pisgat Zeev neighborhoodto attack Jews. The two Palestinian teenagers stabbed two Israelis, a 13-year-old, who was critically injured; and a 25-year-old, who was moderately injured. Hassan Manasra was shot dead by security forces after charging at police with a knife and Ahmaed Manasrah, was hit by a car, recovered after being treated in an Israeli hospital and later was convictedof two charges of attempted murder and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The event in honour of Manasrah was held at the Palestine House offices in Mississauga with the attendance of Chairman of the Palestine House, Fadlo Michael, the Vice Chair, Nazih Khataba, other board members, parents and children.
A birthday cake was baked in honour of Ahmad Manasrah and decorated with the following message written on it: “Happy Birthday. Freedom. Ahmad Manasrah, 13 years old boy, shot and caged by Israel.”
The event featured children holding colourful balloons and posters that read in Arabic: “Palestine House Canada [flags of Palestine and Canada], Free Ahmad Manasrah, Solidarity campaign with the child prisoner.”
A little girl greeted Manasrah on his birthday by reading the following message in French and English:
“Hi everyone, I’m Maryam Muhanad. We are Canadians Palestinians children came today to celebrate the 14th birth of Palestinian prisoner hero Ahamd Manasrah. We ask all the nations in the world for freedom to Ahmad Manasrah. Free, Free Ahmad Manasrah. Free, Free Ahmad Manasrah.”
On Saturday, February 20, 2016, during a demonstration in downtown Toronto, several dozens of anti-Israel activists, including senior board members of Palestine House and their children held a rally during which they held pictures of Palestinian “martyrs” who they claimed were “executed” by Israel. CIJnews was able to conclusively verify that most of the so-called “martyrs” were, in fact, terrorists, including Hamas and Fatah operatives, who were killed while trying to carry out terrorist attacks against Israelis or during violent clashes with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
In January 2017, the Palestine House held a eventwith the attendance of Toronto Imam Ahmed Shehab commemorating Archbishop Hilarion Capucci who was sentenced on December 9, 1974 to 12 years in prison. Capucci, who as the head of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem was arrested in 1974 after using his Mercedes sedan to smuggle arms to Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli security forces found in his vehicle four Kalashnikov rifles, two pistols, 220 pounds of dynamite and several detonators. The New York Times reportedthat investigators said the archbishop had been involved in a plan to fire three Katyusha rockets toward Jerusalem during a May 1974 visit by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.
On December 10, 2016 the Palestine House held an eventcommemorating Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro who Castro was heavily criticized by governments and human rights organizations for depriving Cubans of their basic rights and involvement in political exectutions.
Nazih Khatatba, a board member of the Palestine House at least until December 2016, openly sympathized with the Palestinian “struggle” which includes activities and operations that are deemed by Israel, US, Canada and the West as acts of terrorism.
In an editorial titled “al-Quds Operation and the Quiet Intifada” published on November 28, 2014, Khatatba portrayed the massacre of 4 rabbis in a Jerusalem synagogue by Palestinian terrorists who hacked their victims to death with meat cleavers as a “courageous and qualitative” operation. One of the victims was Howie Rothman, an Israeli Canadian, was died of his wounds a year after he was struck in his head and neck with a cleaver.
On the same day the Jerusalem massacre occurred, Khatatba slammed the Palestinian President for issuing an official announcement condemning (however faintly) the attack.
A few days prior to the Jerusalem massacre, Khatatba justified the ‘run-over’ and stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews and overtly supported launching a Palestinian armed Intifada (war) against Israel.
In a editorial (Meshwar, Issue 106, June 13, 2014, P. 5), Khatatba called the Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jail “freedom prisoners” and “freedom fighters”, even though many of them were convicted (and confessed) of terror-related crimes, including murder of civilians.
For one of his editorials (Meshwar, Issue 103, May 2, 2014, p. 5), Khatatba chose the following heading: “Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and [the City of] al-Quds [Jerusalem] are in need for mujahideen [jihad fighters], not tourists.”
Khatatba also praised the Lebanese terrorist Samir Quntar who was killed in an Israeli airstrike last December for his “bold offensive operation”. What Khatatba called a “bold offensive operation” was a a terrorist attack in 1979 during which Quntar murdered an Israeli civilian and crushed the skull of his 4 year-old daughter with the butt of his rifle.
In 2014, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) submittedto Peel Region Police several complaints of possible hate crimes allegedly committed by Meshwar newspaper. The complaints documented cases of anti Jewish rhetoric including sympathizing with a terrorist attack (Jerusalem massacre), posting an article questioning the veracity of the Holocaust and a cartoon that depicted the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drinking the blood of Palestinian children. No charges have been laid against the Palestine House.