Last month, India’s famous Muslim preacher, Dr. Zakir Naik was denied visa to visit Britain and Canada. In Canada, the campaign against him was lead by Tarek Fateh, a self-appointed Toronto Muslim scholar, who is listed as an “author” on Israel Hasbara Committee. Dr. Naik was coming to Canada to address the 3rd annual Islamic Conference in Toronto, held early this month. Estimated 10,000 people attended the conference.
The ‘official’ reason for not allowing Dr. Naik to Canada is more ridiculous than the reason Ottawa gave for which British MP George Galloway was banned last year. Dr. Naik is quoted out of context for saying “When a robber sees a policeman, he’s terrified. So, for a robber, a policeman is a terrorist. So, in this context, every Muslim should be a terrorist to the robber”. Now, how could this Indian Muslim be spreading ‘anti-Semitism’ than an Israel Jew, whom Israeli writer, Yossi Sarid, quoted in Ha’aretz (Feb. 2009) as saying: “If I were a young Palestinian, I’d fight the Jews fiercely, even by means of terror. Anyone who says anything different is telling you lies.”
The current Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israeli columnist Gideon Levy nearly ten years ago: “If I had been a born-Palestinian, I would join a terror organization“. Do you think Bernie Farber, CEO Canadian Jewish Congress or Tarek Fateh would demand banning Ehud Barak from entering Canada?
Steven Zhou in an article, titled Bigots ban Indian televangelist, wrote:
“A nation has the right to reject entry to persons or elements that it considers dangerous or a threat to its people.
Given the weak evidence produced by the U.K. and Canada, though, Zakir Naik does not qualify as dangerous. He has the right to come to express his opinions, regardless of who may or may not agree with him.
The overall attitude and perception of both the Canadian media and government toward the conference illustrates Canada’s inability to accept its Muslim population without xenophobia and suspicion.
Be it for political, cultural or religious reasons, Canada’s multicultural character cannot be correctly exemplified until, as a nation, it embraces the whole of its Muslim citizens.”