Councillor Pasternak issued the following statement on June 22, 2017:
Councillor Pasternak once again calls for the Al Quds Day hate rally to be banned from Queen’s Park
Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 10, York Centre is extremely frustrated that the racist Al-Quds Day Rally is scheduled to be held at Queen’s Park despite the group not having a permit for the space.
“It is truly shocking that this group is permitted to hold Anti-Israel rallies at Queen’s Park despite the repeated appeals by so many members of the Jewish community. It is disgraceful that a rally with speakers supporting the destruction of Israel, denying the Holocaust and making racial slurs is permitted to take place at the site of Ontario’s democratic legislature,” said Councillor Pasternak.
Councillor Pasternak was deeply disturbed to learn that a keynote speaker at this year’s rally will be a virulent Holocaust denier. Past rallies have featured anti-Semitic remarks and speeches in support of terrorist organizations. Flags supporting Hamas, declared a terrorist organization by most western countries, have also been seen at the rally.
“How many more anti-Semitic speeches spreading hatred and inciting violence will members of the Jewish community have to endure before the Province finally does something. It is time for this rally to be told it is not welcome at Queen’s Park or any place in Toronto,” said Councillor Pasternak.