Was Sheikh Shafiq Hudda’s Al Quds day speech Antisemitic?

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The subject of Sheikh Shafiq Hadda’s speech at the Al Quds Day rally at Queens Park, Toronto has created quite a stir. Several organizations called him out, accusing him of hate speech.

The Sheikh, in turn, filed a libel notice against these organizations.

Below, you will see the transcript of the Skeikh’s speech as interpreted by several different organizations. Is such a statement(s) hate speech, or a legitimate opinion protected by free speech?

What did Sheikh Shafiq Hadda say in his speech at Al Quds Day rally?” credit: Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, ACD 

“Sheikh Shafiq Hudda’s speech at Al-Quds Day rally in Toronto on June 9, 2018 made headlines in Canada over a highly controversial line.

According to Bnai Brith Canada, Sheikh Shafiq Hudda called for the “eradication” of Israelis.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) transcribed Sheikh Shafiq Hudda’s statement as follows: “A day will come when we will see justice through out the world the eradication of the unjust powers such as the American empire, such as the Israelis and the Zionists.”

MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) transcribed Sheikh Shafiq Hudda’s statement as follows: “We pray to the creator and to the almighty, a day will come when we see justice throughout the world. The eradication of the unjust powers such as the American empire, such as the Israeli Zionists.”

Sheikh Shafiq Hudda’s lawyer published the official version of his statement at al-Quds Day rally: “We pray to the creator and to the almighty, a day will come when we see justice throughout the world. The eradication of the unjust powers such as the American empire, such as the Israeli Zionists.”

ACD transcribed Sheikh Shafiq Hudda’s statement as follows: “We pray to the creator and to the almighty, a day will come when we see justice throughout the world. The eradication of the unjust powers such as the American empire, such as the Israelis and Zionist[s].”

At the beginning of his speech Sheikh Shafiq Hudda said the following: “Why, you’re saying that it’s anti-Semitism? It’s anti-Judaism? Then I would say why are my Jewish brothers and sisters here today and every year? It’s not a matter of Semitism or anti-Semitism, it’s a matter that the government of Israel, the state of Israel has committed acts that no other country and no other nation, no other entity has committed. Against innocents, against children, against the vulnerable, against the elderly. You will see them, everywhere around you. Those who are the most vulnerable get attacked by the Zionist.”

 

 

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