Letter Sent to President of Carleton University

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Dear Vice-Chancellor Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon,

 

On June 11, 2021, Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology hosted a Zoom Webinar entitled Palestine Today: “Settler colonialism, popular uprisings and bad journalism”. This event was sponsored/promoted by the organization Samidoun. According to it’s website, “Samidoun is an international network of organizers and activists working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom.”

Please see reference:

https://samidoun.net/about-samidoun/

The speakers for this event were as follows: Nahla Abdo (Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University), Moe Alqasem (Palestinian Youth Movement, CUPE 1281 President), Chandni Desai (Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Equity and Solidarity, University of Toronto), and Charlotte Kates (International Coordinator of Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network).

We would like to draw your attention to the speaker Moe Alqasem, a pro Palestine activist in the Toronto area.  In the past several years, Mr Alqasem has been involved in various protests in and around Toronto.

Mohamed Alqasem (aka Moe Alqasem) is a Biomedical science student at York University in Toronto, and an activist from Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA York), a member of the YUdivest coalition and a community organizer in the Palestinian and Arab community. He is also a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Association of Progressive Palestinian Canadians, and OPIRG YorkU.

The reason for our correspondence is to point out his strong anti-Israel anti-Canada stance and his call for violence.

In 2019, Mr Alqasem referred to Zionists as dogs and garbage in a tweet.

Reference:

https://canadadocs.org/mohamed-alqasem-f-israel-supporters-of-zionism-o-dogs-o-garbage/

In May of 2018, Mr Alqasem participated in the  Nakba Day in Toronto chairing and leading chants en route that included: “Viva viva Intifada, Free Free Palestine”; “The Palestinians have the right to resist by any means necessary”.

The organizers handed out a flyer titled “Chants/slogans for May 18 Demo” that included also the following chants: “Resistance is justified when people are occupied!, Long live the Intifada (x2) Intifada, intifada! (x2), From Toronto to Gaza, Globalise the Intifada!”

Reference:

https://canadadocs.org/lina-assi-viva-intifada-the-palestinians-have-the-right-to-resist-by-any-means-necessary/

In October and November of 2018, Mr Alqasem put out a series of tweets reflecting his strong hatred of Canada, Israel and the IDF.

“I would rather DIE than raise the Canadian flag right next to the Palestinian flag. Burgeoise/Elite Arabs really have some weird sense of nationalism towards this settler state.”

“Palestine, my love

If the heavens were applied to the earth, I would not repent of loving your land

I will sacrifice (redeem) my soul and my blood [for Palestine]”

 “First of all, you would have to actually put a bullet right through my Palestinian skull before you even TRY to bring an Israeli soldier to my campus…”

On May 22, 2021 gave a speech and led chants at the “Ongoing Nakba, Ongoing Resistance – Toronto March!” organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement. The chants included the following:

Viva, Viva Palestina

Viva, Viva Intifada

We’ll sacrifice our soul and blood for Palestine

Reference:

https://canadadocs.org/moe-alqasem-led-toronto-protest-in-chanting-viva-viva-intifada/?fbclid=IwAR0AtSbDkP4TdMmZbgqPJWFfan_ZrQ3qhc7guv3EmxW6rmSXdtPOeIpiJw0

With the recent crackdown by our current government on hate speech, the information on Mr Alqasem is something that needs to be looked at.  

A speaker who advocates violence and bloodshed in a very public forum is a concern, particularly as he is bringing this conflict into Canada, and we are asking that further events and their featured speakers would undergo greater scrutiny.

Promoting hate, even inadvertently, is a dangerous thing in our very combustible world. We trust you will keep this in mind for future events.

Sincerely,

Fighting Hate In Canada

Mohamed-Moe-Alqasem-Toronto-May-22-2021

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