In an unprecedented move clamping down on free speech, Toronto police have threatened a rabbi that if he allows a speech to be given in his synagogue by a well-known anti-Islamist activist, he will lose his job as a chaplain with the force.
Inspector Ricky Veerappan, who is (ironically) from the police force’s “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau” confirmed that he and other officers from the hate crime division met with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue in the Toronto suburb of Thornhill. Kaplan had rented out space in his synagogue as a venue for a speech to be given by Pamela Geller.
The Toronto Sun quotes Veerappan as saying that the speech, scheduled for May 13, “would not be endorsed by York Regional Police.” Futhermore, Veerapan said that he told Kaplan, “If he did (host Geller), then we’d have to reassess our relationship with (Kaplan).” ... more here
Commenting on the police action, Tarek Fatah,
Tarek Fatah founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, said, “What this incident shows the depth of infiltration of Islamists in the police forces, both in Toronto, York Regions as well as the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police]. One may disagree profoundly with Pam Geller, but the police have no right to shut down speaking events citing hate laws when hate against non-Muslims has become institutionalized in many city mosques where clerics pray for the defeat of non-Muslims at the hands of Muslims.”
Ironically, Canadian police had no similar complaint against Tariq Ramadan, who was allowed to speak at the University of Toronto just two months earlier than the scheduled talk by Geller. Ramadan has been described by Fatah as “a man committed to the goals of worldwide Islamic jihad, as laid out by his mentor Sheikh Qaradawi, and his father, the ‘Trotsky’ of world Islamism, Said Ramadan.”
Ramadan’s grandfather, Hasan Al-Banna, was the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.