I released the following statement regarding the plannedÂ Al Quds Day Rally at Queen’s Park:
Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak is alarmed that an event that has been a hate-fest in the past is scheduled to take place on the front lawn of Queen’s Park.Â He is calling on Sergeant-at-Arms of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Dennis Clark to ensure the event is cancelled.
“It is shocking that the Province would allow this group to hold what is ostensibly an Anti-Israel rally at Queen’s Park. The site of Ontario’s democratic legislature should not be a place where a group supporting the destruction of Israel is given permission to gather,” said Councillor Pasternak.
Councillor Pasternak was especially alarmed that the rally was being allowed after video footage from last year showed speeches encouraging the killing of Israelis.Â Flags supporting Hamas, declared a terrorist organization by most western countries, were also seen at the rally.
“I do not understand how after the numerous disturbing incidents at this rally in previous years it is being allowed to continue at Queen’s Park. We cannot allow our public spaces to be used to incite violence and anti-Semitism. This is an affront to the efforts of governments at all three levels in Canada to promote respect and tolerance,” said Councillor Pasternak.