Update: The event written about below was subsequently cancelled by the Toronto church.
A Toronto church is hosting an event by a Palestinian youth group that honors brutal terrorists.
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Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church is “provid[ing] a space” for the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship Launch being held by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), reported The Jerusalem Post.
Kanafani was the spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) at the time the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the massacre of Lod (now Ben Gurion) Airport in Israel in which 26 civilians were killed, including one Canadian and 17 Christians visiting from Puerto Rico. Another 80 were injured in the attack.
The events will “showcase the winners of the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship,” writes the PYM on its Facebook page.
A year ago, PYM praised Mohammad Tareq, a 17-year old Palestinian terrorist responsible for stabbing three Israelis in July 1918. Below is a copy of their Facebook post honoring Tareq after his “martyrdom”:
In a letter to the Toronto church, the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith Canada, wrote, “We will not tolerate the open glorification of terrorists and murderers, particularly in a place of worship … Churches should be places of peace, not places where violence and/or terror are glorified.”
B’nai B’rith CEO Michael Mostyn said, “Trinity-St. Paul’s spokesperson claimed that the PYM had provided a statement that it did not promote or condone violence.”
He further condemned the decision, saying, “The United Church’s insistence on facilitating this event is shameful and grotesque … Canadians expect churches to be places of peace and mutual respect, not altars for the glorification of violence and terrorism.”
The PFLP became known in the late 1960s and early 1970s for a series of grisly terrorist attacks and aircraft hijackings. Their Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades also claimed responsibility for several suicide attacks during the “Second Intifada,” the Palestinian uprising that began after the year 2000.
B’nai B’rith has started a petition against the Toronto church hosting the event. You can click here to sign the petition.