The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, recently published a disgraceful article defending a Toronto imam who called for the genocide of Jews.
Ayman Elkasrawy is a former teaching assistant at Ryerson University and junior employee at his mosque, Masjid Toronto.
“O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them. O Allah! Purify the Al-Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews!” invoked Elkasrawy in a sermon in 2016. After video of his prayer surfaced, Elkasrawy backtracked, claiming that he misspoke.
The Toronto Star contends that Elkasrawy’s words were twisted.
“As for ‘Purify the Al-Aqsa mosque from the filth of the Jews,’ a more accurate translation is ‘Cleanse Al-Aqsa mosque from the Jews’ desecration of it,’ wrote the Star, quoting a supposedly more palatable translation of the Arabic prayer.
Apparently it’s okay to be antisemitic, as long as you’re not anti-semantic.
According to the Star, Canadian Jews can rest easy knowing that this imam does not believe they should be murdered because they are filthy.
But rather, Elkasrawy believes Jews should be annihilated because they are a desecration! But the paper wasn’t quite finished yet. The Star recently published an op-ed by Elkasrawy, in which he now denies ever praying for the killing of Jews. Despite video evidence to the contrary, Elkasrawy blamed some sort of conspiracy by “malicious people” who seek to “divide Canadians.”
Jew-hatred in Canada has gotten so bad that now elements of the mainstream media are defending it.
Elkasrawy is simply the latest example of the rise in Islamic antisemitism in Canada. In two sermons at the Al-Andalous Islamic Center in Montreal, a sheikh called for the genocide of Jews. In December 2016, an imam in a Montreal mosque called Jews “the most evil of mankind” and “human demons” before calling for their annihilation.