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Mosque says call for Jews’ deaths was response to Gaza ‘massacre’


Montreal police are investigating a video taken in a Montreal mosque in 2014 of a man making a supplication in Arabic for Allah “to destroy the accursed Jews” and “give victory to our brothers who engage in jihad in Palestine.”

The 36-minute video went viral after the Toronto-based Canadian Investigative Journal, known as CIJnews, posted it on its website Feb. 8.

The mosque is the Al-Andalous Islamic Centre in the borough of St. Laurent and the speaker is identified as Sayed al-Ghitawi.

“We condemn these explicit calls for the death of Jews in the strongest possible terms,” CIJA Quebec co-chair Rabbi Reuben Poupko stated Feb. 13. “[W]e believe these declarations may be a violation of the Criminal Code.”


On Feb. 15, the mosque issued a “clarification” claiming the imam’s words were taken out of context, but confirmed the video dates to August 2014 and that the speaker was a “volunteer imam” filling in for the vacationing spiritual leader.

The sermon, the mosque said, was delivered during “the Israeli military offensive” in Gaza, which it said was condemned by human rights associations for the “massacre” of civilians.

“When the replacing imam preached these invocations at the end of the sermon… the people present understood that the comments were addressed to Israeli soldiers guilty of abuses with regard to the Palestinian civilian population.”

It says the mosque administration told the imam after videos of him (there were two) were posted on YouTube by a Muslim channel that his remarks could be “misunderstood” by those not present. It says it asked him to “clarify” his remarks during his subsequent appearances at the mosque, which he did.

However, according to the statement, the mosque only asked that the videos be taken offline after CIJnews posted one of them on its website.

CIJA rejected the mosque’s explanation. Quebec co-chair Rabbi Reuben Poupko stated: “It is deeply disturbing that the leadership of Al-Andalous Islamic Centre failed to explicitly condemn repeated calls in its mosque for the destruction of Jews. Particularly unconscionable is the fact that the mosque, in full knowledge of the violent and hateful content of these sermons, allowed them to be distributed online until they were brought to the attention of the public and the police.”

CIJnews co-founder Jonathan Halevi told The CJN the videos were posted by Alrahma Qanat, which he said is Arabic for channel and mercy, and were introduced as having taken place at Al-Andalous.

Halevi, who knows Arabic, said he translated it “with the advice of an Arabic speaker.”

Halevi is described on CIJnews, which has no affiliation with The CJN, as a lieutenant-colonel in the Israel Defence Forces reserves and a senior researcher of radical Islam at the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs.

Asked the reason for the three-year time lag in publicizing the video, Halevi responded that CIJ conducts research on issues related to “the national security of Canada” and makes it public “after the evidence is… gathered, saved and analyzed.”

According to the translation, al-Ghitawi invokes, “O Allah, give victory to our brothers who engage in jihad for your sake in everywhere, O Lord of the worlds.”

He goes on about how he looks forward to “the black day you inflict on them [the Jews],” expressing the wish that the deity “kill them one by one” and “make their children orphans and their women widows.”


The Al-Andalous centre, which opened in 2012, did not respond to a request for comment from The CJN at time of writing.

In 2015, the mosque was fighting eviction by St. Laurent from its building on Décarie Boulevard because it was operating in a zone not designated for religious institutions, but the borough overturned the order.

Rabbi Poupko also rejected the mosque’s cynicism about the timing of CIJ’s dissemination of the video. In its statement, the mosque questions CIJ’s motives. “We cannot help but have the impression that this is a shameful attempt to restart the polemics targeting the Muslim community after the wave of solidarity…recently observed following the terrorist attack” at the Quebec City Islamic centre, it said.

“If anything, the attack on the Quebec City mosque should serve as a reminder to all that there can be no ‘context’ in our democracy that legitimizes calls for violence against any identifiable group,” Rabbi Poupko responded.

  • Daniel Schild

    As disgusting as this tape is, the timing of the CIJ discovery of an almost 3 year old sermon literally days after hundreds of Jews created Rings of Peace around mosques is suspect. CIJ News is trying to embarrass Jews who stood in solidarity with Muslims and is trying to open wounds with non new news.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      So you think that there is a statute of limitations after which time hate-related jihad should not be exposed? If the people who went beyond sympathizing with victims of terrorism in Montreal (by joining hands in harmony with known radicals) are embarrassed by their actions, then they have some good reason for feeling embarrassment because it is well earned.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Islam will start speaking out more clearly and forcefully after they get their blasphemy laws passed in Canada. The blind, leftist cohorts, friends, apologists, and fools have made sure that antisemitism will be the law of the land – honored and elevated to a high status and we will no longer have the right to criticize their jihadist goals. It will make the leftists happy today just as it made the National Socialists of Germany happy yesterday in the 1930’s when they found power.

    For all those who equivocate over every imperfection of Israel, for all those who demand Israel stop defending itself, for all those who recommend that land be given to terrorists in return for fake promises or nothing at all except more demands that more land be given to terrorists, I say that you should hide your heads in shame and get in touch with reality;

    Islam is anti-Jewish according to its books and, therefore, it is anti-Israel – in that order – and that is the reason why there is a conflict in the Middle East. They want all the land and none of the Jewish people who own the land. It is not hard to figure out, it is not rocket science, and it is not hard to read up on 3500 years of history.

    The truth only upsets the simple-minded.

  • Murray

    May he step on a rusty thumbtack

  • Harvey Bank

    Trudeau seems to be letting these hate crimes exist. Trudeau is constantly showing his bias towards Muslims. I think we will see many more acts of violence if Trudeau doesn’t start acting like a prime minister and be a man instead of an enabler.

  • Harvey Bank

    The police jump all over white people when they do less than what these Muslims do on a daily basis.Every country in the world that has large groups of Muslims is subject to violence. Trudeau visited this very mosque and praised them. The police need to do something soon before there is more violence.

  • Harvey Bank

    Muslims called for the killing of Jews repeatedly. This is a hate crime . This is why we need to explain Canadian values to Muslims. Muslims have to realize these rights extend to everyone including LGBTQ and all Canadians .Muslims continues to worship Mohammed who was a pedophile. They should be charge for a hate crime for worshipping pedophilia and marrying young children which they condone.