On April 19, Alexandre Boulerice, Deputy Leader of the NDP, posted a message to his 29,000 Facebook followers in French, claiming Israeli forces were “attacking” innocent Muslims and the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan, to rid “Jerusalem of its Muslim and Christian heritage” and to “clear space” for alleged Jewish extremist groups to move into what he regards as “Palestine,” but is actually sovereign Israeli territory and Israel’s capital city.
Orginal French post, followed by English translation…
What Alexandre fails to mention, however, is that the violence at Al-Aqsa is a direct result of hundreds of Palestinian rioters initiating violence by throwing rocks and firecrackers at Israeli Police and Jewish worshipers.
Police said that early in the morning, on April 15 before morning prayers, young people began marching in and around the Temple Mount with Palestinian flags and Hamas banners, which is a designated terror group by the Canadian Government.
During morning prayers, Palestinian rioters threw rocks over the edge of the Temple Mount at Jewish worshipers praying below at the Western Wall and proceeded to barricade themselves inside Al-Aqsa with rocks and firecrackers, in anticipation of clashing with Israeli police.
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Palestinian rioters had such little respect for Islam’s 3rd holiest site, that they used it as a staging ground for violence, and thereby defiled and desecrated this revered holy site while taking away the freedom of prayer for Jews and Muslims alike.
It is important to note that throughout Ramadan, Israel has facilitated over 60,000 Muslims to pray peacefully and safely and is committed to the status quo on the Temple Mount. Unlike what Alexandre claims in his Facebook message, ‘Apartheid regimes’ don’t do this!
Propagating the centuries-old lie that Al-Aqsa is under attack is a modern blood libel that has the potential to fan the flames of antisemitism against Canada’s 400,000+ Jews.
Please email NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh directly at Jagmeet.Singh@parl.gc.ca or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or TikTok and call on him to issue an apology and to retract Deputy Leader Boulerice’s comments.
Over the weekend other Canadian politicians also decided to take to social media to comment on the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and the violence seen at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Unfortunately, these comments were riddled with misinformation which needed to be addressed, so HonestReporting Canada corrected each politician on their comments. (click on images below for full size)