Palestinian clerics’ Canada visit under scrutiny
Published: Thursday, March 26, 2009
OTTAWA – A human rights group wants the federal government to investigate whether two Palestinian clerics from Jerusalem should be allowed into Canada to speak at an event next month in Mississauga, Ont.
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center says Ekrima Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, has publicly supported suicide bombing, questioned the Holocaust and preached hatred against Jews.
The other cleric, Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has described Jerusalem as an “Arab city,” the organization said in a news release.
The two are scheduled to speak at an April 5 event sponsored by Palestine House, an educational, cultural and social centre for the Toronto-area Palestinian community.
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