A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim holds a placard during a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinians while marking al-Quds day in Srinagar August 26, 2011.
Credits: REUTERS/Danish Ismail
Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, says in a letter that there is every reason to believe that the event will include "messages of hate.
"Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre believes that while free speech is an essential component of a democratic society, the provincial government should not sanction organizations calling for war, death and hate towards Jews by permitting the use of public property for such a purpose. We urge you ensure this application is turned down before the Office of the Sergeant at Arms issues an approval."
The Walk for Palestine Gaza Freedom Rally has been held at Queen's Park for at least two years, but an organizer could not immediately be reached Tuesday for comment.
A website supporting the rally says it was held in support of Palestine and listed endorsements by several Islamic groups.
Al-Quds Day, held at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, is a day of solidarity with "oppressed Palestinians" and oppressed people everywhere, the website says.
McGuinty and his Ontario government are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the Queen's Park legislative building and grounds.
"The Sergeant at Arms makes decisions, independent from political parties, about who is able to use the legislature grounds for rallies or demonstrations and has publicly available guidelines in place that govern the use of the grounds," Indira Naidoo-Harris, a spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Minister Charles Sousa says. "While political debate is an important part of our democracy, when it comes to any demonstration or rally that takes place in Ontario, there is no place for hatred or intolerance."
Sergeant-At-Arms Dennis Clark confirmed an application had been received for a rally.
"We have absolutely no comment on it at this time," Clark said Tuesday.