Jews are 'Enemies': B.C. Mosque Removes Link to Website Following Questions
The website of a B.C. mosque that federal charity auditors said received funding from Qatar included a link to anti-Semitic content that urges an “Islamic jihad” against Jews, denounces democracy and approves the killing of ex-Muslims.
The Islamic Society of British Columbia, which operates a mosque near Vancouver that has hosted federal and provincial politicians, appeared to have removed the link from its homepage after Global News contacted its lawyer for comment.
The Islam-Canada.com website is registered to the Islamic Society of B.C.’s former president Saadeldin Bahr. Until Wednesday, the homepage linked directly to a Saudi website that disparages Jews and calls them “enemies.”
“The Jews are people of treachery and betrayal; it is not possible to trust them at all,” reads a post on the formerly-linked site, Islamqa.info, which is run by a conservative Saudi cleric. “The hour (the Day of Judgment) will not begin until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”
Meanwhile, another Islamqa.info entry calls democracy “a system that is contrary to Islam” and says “the main goal of jihad is to make people worship Allah alone.” A discussion on “why death is the punishment for apostasy” reads: “Whoever changes his religion, kill him.” As for homosexuals, it says to “drive them out of your town.”
While the Islamqa.info link was removed from the Islamic Society’s website, a second link similarly took readers to a web page with passages regarding “Fighting against the Jews.”
The Islamic Society of B.C. is a federally-registered charity. Its lawyer declined to comment on the website. Bahr, listed as the site administrator, is currently imprisoned for sexually assaulting a woman in the mosque building.
Martin Sampson, the communications director at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said he was horrified a Canadian charity was associated with calls to violence against Jews and the promotion of “hateful, anti-Semitic tropes.”