UPDATE: Due to concerns regarding capacity to successfully and safely mount a proper counter-demo at this time, we are regrettably cancelling this call to action. PRAC of course still condemns in the strongest possible terms the JDL, Robert Spencer, and the particularly islamophobic brand of fascism which they promote. With the current upsurge in islamophobic harassment and violence in our communities, it is obvious that more organizing is needed on this front. We would like to encourage other like-minded organizations to think about how we can come together to form a strong united front against fascism and racist violence.
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On Sunday, December 13, 2015 the militant, zionist Jewish Defense League (JDL) will be hosting author and anti-Muslim activist Robert Spencer at the Toronto Zionist Centre (788 Marlee Avenue). The event is billed as “Chanukah with David Spencer: The Threat of the Syrian ‘Refugees’ Trojan Horse” with an event poster which promotes a spurious link between Syrian refugees fleeing imperialist violence in their homelands, the fascist Islamic State in Syria (ISIS), and the recent violence in Paris, France.
Spencer is the director of jihadwatch.com (funded by the David Horowitz Freedom Center) as well as the co-founder of various organizations American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), and Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) which is the American version of its European counter-part. He counts amongst his allies such anti-immigrant, Islamophobic ideologues as Pamela Gellar, Anders Graves, and Greet Wilders. Spencer is the author of such racist polemics as The Truth About Muhammad, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), and The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS.
The JDL, founded in 1968, is a far-right international organization which upholds a militant zionist line. The organization has a long history of violent activity that includes harassment, beatings, arson, bombings, and murder (such as the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian Muslims in a mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron). Spencer’s SIOA is not without a violent reputation. His compatriot and SIOA co-founder John Joseph Jay has publicly stated “that all of islam is at war with us, and that all of islam is/are [a] combatant[s].” He has also stated that “we should have destroyed islam as a force of terror,” and that “islam shall suffer retribution.” Spencer himself, characterizing his Islamophobic organizing as part of a “Crusade against Islam,” declares Muslim people to be a “threat to the peace and well-being of the Western world.”
While fascism should generally never be afforded a solitary minute of peace and comfort, in light of the recent dramatic increase in anti-Muslim attacks both within the city of Toronto and elsewhere, this particular brand of anti-Muslim, anti-immigration hate, and fear mongering requires an especially decisive response. The Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee—Toronto and Revolutionary Student Movement are calling on all revolutionary and progressive forces to unite and together deliver a clear message to these fascists that racism and Islamophobia is not welcome in our communities.
Specific details will be forthcoming. For now we encourage likeminded organizations and individuals to save the date of the early evening December 13, 2015 and expect to meet somewhere near the Lawrence West subway station. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
AGAINST FASCISM! AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA!