As well he should; the police shouldn’t be taking sides…
A Jewish man says he’s contemplating legal action, claiming to have been arrested for bringing his dog to an Islamic group’s anti-Israel demonstration at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Allan Einstoss, 47, was handcuffed and detained by police during a controversial Al-Quds Day rally at Queen’s Park.
Al-Quds Day is a yearly international event created in 1979 by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to mark the end of Ramadan and to call for the destruction of Israel and the creation a Palestinian state.
Several other groups, including the hard-line Jewish Defence League, also attended the rally to counter the Al-Quds message — a message they say spreads anti-Semitism.
Einstoss, who has no group affiliation but went to oppose the Al-Quds doctrine, said he’d spent over an hour “mingling” among members of the crowd with Cupcake, his 165-pound English Mastiff.
Cupcake, a trained therapy dog that will begin visiting patients at Sunnybrook hospital this fall, was on a leash during the rally, and wore an Israeli flag around its neck.
Some devout Muslims consider dogs to be unclean and make efforts to avoid them.
Einstoss said after two young Muslim women asked about Cupcake, he was told by a male Al-Quds demonstrator he was “not allowed to go near our women” with the dog. Einstoss said that after exclaiming his right to go where he pleased, he walked away with Cupcake, but was “punched in the chest” by another demonstrator.
Einstoss shoved back, and within seconds was grabbed by several officers.
He claimed that while in custody, one officer called him “insensitive” for attending an Islamic rally with a dog.
Einstoss added his assailant wasn’t even questioned by police.
The officer allegedly threatened Einstoss with charges of incitement to riot and assault. After around 30 minutes, Einstoss was let go after agreeing to leave Queen’s Park.
(Not the first time in Toronto that the police have taken sides at a political rally, either…)
Ezra Levant’s op-ed on the incident (as well as a related incident) is spot on.
So let’s get this straight.
An annual hate-the-Jews day called Al-Quds Day, invented by the late Iranian dictator Ayatollah Khomeini, was “celebrated” at the Ontario Legislature. One protester even showed up with the flag of the terrorist group, Hezbollah — easily spotted, given that it’s a picture of a fist grasping a machine gun.
So that’s all fine — anti-Israel demonization, pro-Iran propaganda, with the flag of a banned terrorist group.
Not only is that fine by the speaker of the Ontario Legislature, but a full complement of Toronto city police were there, too. But when a pro-Israel counter-protester unfurled an Israeli flag, he was warned by police that if he didn’t move along, he’d be arrested, and charged with incitement to riot.
Did you get that? Fly the flag of a terrorist organization, get Toronto police protection. Fly the flag of the democratic state of Israel, and Toronto police tell you to pack it, or face criminal charges.
Another counter-protester was arrested for walking his dog at the protest site. See, some fundamentalist Muslims find dogs to be unclean. So the Toronto police arrested the dog owner after a minor scuffle with one of the protesters. It was a licensed dog, on a leash. But Shariah law was the law of the day at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Just to restate: The pro-Iran, pro-Khomeini protesters, flying a Hezbollah flag, were receiving police protection. But a pro-democracy counter-protester was handcuffed for walking his dog “insensitively.” Got it.
In Canada, we believe in freedom of speech — even for Jew-hating, dictatorship-praising bigots. Even if they’re mouthing Iran’s foreign policy propaganda. Even if they’re flying terrorist flags.
Well, that’s not quite true, is it? I mean, it’s true for those kind of anti-Semites. But would a group of white supremacists be able to hold a rally at Queen’s Park, flying swastika flags, saying the exact same thing about Jews and Israel? Would police have intervened to arrest counter-protesters then?