An image taken from the Shia TV website shows a speaker at last year’s Al-Quds Day at Queen’s Park.
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Legislature Sergeant-At-Arms Dennis Clark, Speaker Dave Levac and a member of the Jewish community met early in the day regarding the rally to be held on Saturday.
Clark confirmed to QMI Agency the meeting was arranged following “concerns that have been raised” in the media about the planned event on the lawn of Queen’s Park by an Islamic group marking Al-Quds Day.
Al-Quds, an annual, multi-city event started by former Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, marks the end of Ramadan, the destruction of Israel and the rising up of a Palestinian state.
Thursday’s meeting comes after QMI reported the hard-line Jewish Defence League of Canada vowed to have its supporters confront Al-Quds demonstrators with loud slogans and document any incidents of hate.
“There was a meeting, the Speaker has taken everything under advisement, and he will issue a statement (later Thursday),” Clark said, declining to say who the Jewish representative in the meeting was, and insisting that the meeting was not prompted by the JDL’s plan.
Clark’s decision to grant the Al-Quds group permission to rally outside Queen’s Park alarmed several prominent Jewish groups, including B’nai Brith and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
Representatives of the Jewish community say that last year’s rally featured at least one speaker who called Israeli nationalists “oppressors and criminals.”
Some demonstrators also waved the flag of Hezbollah, a Middle Eastern terrorist group.