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Muslim group wants rabbi tossed from Harper's Israel trip
TORONTO SUN ^ | JANUARY 16, 2014 | DAVID AKIN

Posted on 01/16/2014 4:03:22 PM PST by rickmichaels

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper hasn’t even started packing for his first visit to the Middle East, but the trip already has its first controversy.

A Canadian Muslim group wants Harper’s officials to boot a Toronto rabbi out of the official delegation that will travel with the prime minister.

In a letter sent to Harper on Tuesday, the National Council of Canadian Muslims said it objected to the presence of Toronto Rabbi Daniel Korobkin as part of Harper’s official delegation.

Korobkin declined to comment, but Jason MacDonald, the prime minister’s director of communications, slammed the NCCM — formerly known as the Canadian Council on American-Islamist Relations, or CAIR-CAN — for even making the suggestion.

“We will not take seriously criticism from an organization with documented ties to a terrorist organization such as Hamas,” MacDonald said.

“The delegation accompanying the prime minister to the Middle East includes a range of stakeholders from various business, religious and community organizations.”

Korobkin is the senior rabbi at Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation, the largest Orthodox congregation in Canada, and is a former regional vice-president of the Rabbinical Council of America.

The NCCM rejected MacDonald’s statement as “absolutely false” and says it is neither associated with any terrorist group nor is it anti-Semitic.

In an e-mail, NCCM executive director Ihsaan Gardee said: “Our legal counsel is of the view that this statement is defamatory and libelous and we will be taking this up with the PMO. Furthermore, the statement is below the dignity of the office of the prime minister in responding to legitimate concerns raised by Canadians and only serves to distract from the legitimate issues raised.”

The NCCM said Korobkin should be disqualified from going to Israel with the prime minister because, in September, Korobkin “introduced, defended and praised” two American anti–Muslim campaigners.

Those two campaigners, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, are founders of a group called Stop Islamization of America. Korobkin gave some brief remarks at an event in Toronto where Geller was the featured speaker.

The NCCM, which says it is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit group that funds its work through donations, has had a long-running battle with Geller and Spencer.

“Mr. Korobkin has chosen to align himself with some of the most recognized and vitriolic anti-Muslim activists of our time,” Gardee said in his organization’s letter to Harper dated Jan. 14.

“The highest political office in our nation should not lend its legitimacy to such parties and views that are entirely contrary to our shared values of mutual understanding, acceptance and respect.”

On her blog, Geller fired back.

“If only these Muslim groups used their coercive intimidation to shut down hate imams who preach jihad and incitement to violence. No, but they attack those of us who do,” Geller wrote.

The official delegation of media, politicians and VIPs for the Middle East trip numbers about 170, believed to be largest delegation to ever travel with Harper on any trip.

The prime minister’s plane takes off Saturday night for a seven-day trip, which will take him to Israel and Jordan. His itinerary includes meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and, during a visit to Amman, with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

While in Israel, Harper is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will receive an honorary doctorate at Tel Aviv University.


TOPICS: Canada; Israel
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; canada; danielkorobkin; islam; israel; jasonmacdonald; jordan; muslim; pamelageller; robertspencer; stephenharper; stopislamization

1 posted on 01/16/2014 4:03:22 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

“Just because we hate all dogs, pigs, apes, and Jews doesn’t mean we’re anti-Semitic!”


2 posted on 01/16/2014 4:07:42 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rickmichaels

Tell the Islamist creeps to get lost.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 4:12:50 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: rickmichaels

The NCCM rejected MacDonald’s statement as “absolutely false” and says it is neither associated with any terrorist group nor is it anti-Semitic.
LOL!!! Right out of my chair. Hilarious.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 4:12:57 PM PST by novascotianative
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To: rickmichaels

How many North Americans have been maimed or killed by citizens of Israel or Jews in general?

I thought so...


5 posted on 01/16/2014 4:15:31 PM PST by not2be4gotten.com
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To: rickmichaels

“The NCCM rejected MacDonald’s statement as “absolutely false” and says it is neither associated with any terrorist group nor is it anti-Semitic.”

Arabs are also Semitic peoples; so, I can believe he’s not anti-Semitic. Just anti-Jewish.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 4:21:19 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Please, you’re going to mince words?


7 posted on 01/16/2014 4:23:40 PM PST by novascotianative
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To: novascotianative

No, you’ve gotten it backwards. I’m suggesting that NCCM guy was mincing words.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 4:31:57 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: rickmichaels; All

I must say Harper and his staff have more testicles and backbone than even the GOP had

Too many times GW Bush warbled “Islam is a religion of peace” and placated Islamic Terrorism. He and the GOP would never link a CAIR group to Islamic Terrorism

Good that Harper and his staff stood up to Islamic anti-Semitism


9 posted on 01/16/2014 4:33:16 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: rickmichaels

10 posted on 01/16/2014 4:44:17 PM PST by Iscool
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To: rickmichaels
Some People Subhuman Filth Just Need Killing.
11 posted on 01/16/2014 4:54:42 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: rickmichaels; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

12 posted on 01/16/2014 5:20:23 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: rickmichaels

Well, if Korobkin can’t make it, perhaps Rabbi Jackie Mason can go in his place. That would be fun.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 6:39:30 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

“Anti-Semitic” was coined (iirc late 19th century) and has always been about hatred of Jews, not of “semites”.

Muslims by their EXISTENCE are not only anti-semitic but by the nature of islam anti EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY NON MUSLIM.

“Arabs are also Semitic peoples; so, I can believe he’s not anti-Semitic” is usually uttered by idiots trying to justify hatred / turn aside anti-Jewish hatred.

I don’t believe you’re an idiot, just that you didn’t understand the phrase.


14 posted on 01/17/2014 5:31:16 AM PST by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, Hillary Abedin Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood. A cs p)
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To: Yehuda
Apparently, I was wrong to assume that I wouldn't have to spell it out in detail, on this forum. For greater clarity, here goes:

1. Yes, expression as a whole was coined to refer to Jews only. That made sense in Europe or N. America, when Jews were the Semitic people being picked on. That's the connotation of the expression in the English-speaking world.

2. The denotation of the expression, however, is not restricted to Jewish people (not all of whom are Semitic, BTW); but includes all peoples who speak Semitic languages. A speaker of English-as-a-foreign-language might well have difficulty understanding the distinction between the denotation and the connotation.

3. Many Muslim Arabs have stated that they're not "anti-Semitic", because they, themselves, are Semitic. They're referring to the denotation of the term, while we are using the connotation of the term. It's a subtle form of deflection, and does confuse a lot of the hard-of-thinking. It also allows them to appear to be denying that they are anti-Jew, without actually having to lie. They simply use the mental reservation "I'm using this term in the literal sense; not the way these infidels use it."

4. Perhaps you missed the last sentence in my original post: "Just anti-Jewish". I was trying to be as succinct as possible, and I thought that the juxtaposition of my two sentences accomplished that. Clearly, I was wrong about that. I hope that this more lengthy explanation clears everything up.

If you want to check my posting record on this topic, Google any of the following:

usfriendinvictoria semitic site:freerepublic.com

usfriendinvictoria Israel site:freerepublic.com

usfriendinvictoria Jews site:freerepublic.com

15 posted on 01/17/2014 1:11:29 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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