Herewith, more on the cherished spiritual values of the Canadian Islamic
Congress and its president, Dr. M. Elmasry.

Sun, October 31, 2004 
Elmasry reveals true colours
Our ears don't play tricks when hatemongers speak out both sides of their
By Licia Corbella
One short month after Sept.11, 2001, a small Toronto-area newspaper called
Crescent International described arch terrorist Osama bin Laden as someone
who "stands up to the West in the name of Islam." 
The actual date of that article was Oct. 16, 2001. In that same edition, the
argument is made that the West is really to blame for 9/11, owing to "the
far greater tragedies taking place in Iraq, Palestine and now in
Afghanistan." Remember, that was published on Oct. 16, 2001, before the war
in Iraq or Afghanistan. 
Indeed, just five days after the cataclysmic terrorist events of 9/11, in an
article published on Sept. 16, 2001 -- when we were all still feeling so raw
and edgy -- the hit on the Pentagon was described as "legitimate" and the
Sept. 11 attacks as "successful" , which can be read at its own website
Long before Sept. 11, however, Crescent International -- started up and
edited for two decades by Zafar Bangash -- published on Feb. 16, 1998 that
Canada is a "fully paid-up member of the Anglo-Saxon mafia, which is
responsible for most of the recorded genocides in the world." 
Despite these charming opinions -- and there are many many more -- the
Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) awarded Bangash and his bi-monthly paper a
"media excellence award" in 2001. 
So, why is this of any interest now? 
Well, Mohamed Elmasry, president of the CIC is that charming fella who
recently advocated the genocide of Israeli Jews while having a little chat
with Michael Coren, a Sun columnist, when he appeared as a guest on the
Michael Coren Live Show, which runs every weeknight on an Ontario cable
On the show, Elmasry said any Israeli over the age of 18 was a legitimate
target of suicide bombers because they are all members of the Israeli army. 
"Anyone and everyone in Israel -- irrespective of gender-- over the age of
18 is a valid target?" host Michael Coren asked. 
"Yes, I would say," Elmasry responded. 
The Halton regional police intelligence bureau, whose responsibilities
include investigating possible hate crimes, is probing the incident, police
In a release issued later by the CIC, Elmasry said he was only expressing
the view of many Palestinians, not his personal opinion. 
He said he regretted that his comments "were misunderstood and, as a result,
caused offence." 
Elmasry's comments have been widely condemned and his explanation considered
Coren has said it was not apparent that Elmasry was expressing anyone's
opinion but his own and was even offered the opportunity to clarify his
position or even retract it. 
He did not. 
Last Sunday in a CIC release, Elmasry said he was trying to express the view
of many Palestinians, not his own opinion. 
"Dr. Elmasry did not, does not, and will not condone the widely-held
Palestinian view that any form of armed resistance against civilians ...
constitutes a legitimate military operation against the Israeli occupation,
and not a terrorist activity," the release states. 
The University of Waterloo, where Elmasry is a professor of computer
engineering, is also reviewing the incident and rightly condemned his
comments as "abhorrent." 
The CIC board accepted Elmasry's apology, such that it is, but would not
accept his resignation, stating: "One unintentional mistake does not wipe
out an exemplary record of more than 30 years." 
So, just how exemplary? 
Surely such views don't just pop up out of the blue? 
I started digging around. Elmasry, as already noted, is president of the CIC
and Elmasry personally awarded Zafar Bangash the CIC's media excellence
award, despite the hate so frequently published on the pages of Crescent
Elmasry has also appeared on panels with Bangash. 
In May 2002, while appearing on Global Sunday, then hosted by Charles Adler,
Elmasry was asked about "honouring the founder of a publication that seeks
to export Iranian-style theocracy to other countries, including, by the way,
to Israel." 
"Well, we have a freedom of the press if you notice," he answered.
"Everybody is entitled to his opinion ..." 
Sure, and he's clearly of the opinion that those kinds of opinions should be
honoured as "media excellence." 
What has happened here is finally Elmasry's true colours have been exposed. 
The same has happened to a Muslim leader under attack for calling Jews
"brothers of monkeys and swine" and for calling on all real Muslims to die
martyrs deaths in "offensive jihad." 
Sheik Younus Kathrada, who teaches at the Dar al-Madinah Islamic Society's
information centre in East Vancouver, says his remarks in a recorded lecture
were taken out of context. 
What a relief. 
We can all rest a lot easier now. 
Both men say their statements of hate against Jews and their calls to kill
them were "taken out of context." 
The injured parties here, in case you were unclear, are not Jewish people,
but these Muslim leaders themselves. 
They are the victims, or so they would have us believe. 
But don't believe them. It is not our ears that are playing tricks on us. It
is not our eyes. It is not sloppy reporting. 
It is their forked tongues. 
They have been engaged in speaking out of both sides of their mouths for so
long -- saying things about tolerance and love to the Canadian public in
general on the one hand and comments of hate and jihad and intolerance to
their followers on the 
other -- that they just got a little mixed up is all. 
Nevertheless, how much do you want to bet both men will be invited back to
the interfaith speaking circuits real soon? 
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