LEVY: City turns blind eye to illegal anti-Israel hatefest — again.

For the second year in a row,  an anti-Israel hatefest to illegally take over a City of Toronto park and University Ave. under the nose of city officials without proper permits or police support.

Saturday’s annual Al-Quds Day rally, an official event sanctioned by the Iranian regime, featured demonstrators waving the flag of the Hezbollah terrorist group and calls by Sheikh Shafig Huda of Kitchener’s Islamic Humanitarian Service for the “eradication” of Israelis.

There were also young children either surrounded or holding signs equating Zionism to Racism and other anti-Israel propaganda.

Demonstrator at Toronto’s al-Quds Day rally at Queen’s Park on Saturday wears the flag of the terror group Hezbollah. Joe Warmington/Toronto Sun

Like last year, the Al-Quds protesters — which I’m told were bussed in from outside Toronto — gathered first in the city-owned Park behind the Ontario legislature where hate-filled speeches against Israel warmed up the crowd. The protesters subsequently tied up traffic illegally marching down to the U.S. Consulate and back.

B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn said unfortunately Al-Quds day unfolded the way they’ve seen in the past — a “hateful event” targeting a minority group in Toronto.

“It is really incumbent on our government officials to find a solution … this cannot be allowed to continue to happen,” he said.

A participant of the al-Quds day rally in Toronto on Saturday, June 9 2018. Courtesy Canada-Israel Friendship Association

He said the worst part is the “completely inappropriate” use of small children in the protest.

Avi Benlolo, CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre, said he’s seen footage of the event and the content is “worse” than ever before — the speakers expended much more “vitriol” this year against Israel and the Jewish people.

He said everyone has to think carefully about the children who are being “taught hate and possibly being radicalized” through this event and what that means for us as a society.

According to Toronto police spokesperson Meaghan Gray, the police were only notified online and subsequent to that, “on-duty resources” were assigned to the protest.

Parks and rec spokesperson Jane Arbour said they do not issue permits for this kind of event.  She said enforcement would be carried out by the police or Municipal Licensing and Standards, both of whom have sat on their hands repeatedly.

Councillor James Pasternak tried last September to get a response to an inquiry about whether the TPS and the city have the ability and resources to prohibit such a rally which incites hatred and violence.

Although he received a response that the city will not “tolerate or condone” such a rally, city officials are still dragging their heels on a much-promised report advising what can be done to prevent such hate-filled gatherings.

A participant of the al-Quds day rally in Toronto on Saturday, June 9 2018. Courtesy Canada-Israel Friendship Association

(Trust me if the shoe were on the other foot and any one at City Hall suspected anti-black racism or Islamophobia in the slightest, they wouldn’t be dicking around on a report. Just sayin’)

Pasternak said Monday he’s been working against city lawyers who believe the Al-Quds organizers have a right to free speech and have been “hiding behind” the Charter of Rights.

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He’s pushing for an incident report from the Toronto police which can be taken to the new provincial Attorney-General for action (the laying of hate crime charges.)

“We need changes,” he said. “I’m not going to let it go… I hope the mayor and my council colleagues come on board.”

Mayor John Tory said Monday he’s “deeply concerned” with the reports of the protest and reiterated that hate speech has “absolutely no place” in the city.

A participant of the al-Quds day rally in Toronto on Saturday, June 9 2018. Courtesy Canada-Israel Friendship Association

He said he hopes the Toronto police and the provincial attorney-general will investigate any complaints and “ensure justice takes its course.

“I have asked for a complete report on this event from police, particularly any evidence that hateful comments were directed at Israelis or any other group,” he said.

Mostyn said if proper permitting rules were violated, city officials should also demand that costs be recouped for policing, waste management and other misuse of city resources.

“There should be a bill to pay at the end of the day,” he said.

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