Montreal police issue arrest warrant for hate preacher
Months after a Jewish group in Canada demanded police action against Muslim hate preacher, Sheikh Muhammad ibn Musa Al Nasr, above, it was reported at the weekend that the Montreal police’s hate crimes unit has finally taken action.
In March, B’nai Brith told the police that, in a speech delivered on December 23, 2016 at the Dar al-Arkam mosque, Al Nasr described Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and as “human demons,” before quoting from a hadith which said:
At the end of time … the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me – come and kill him!’
Accusing the police of dragging their feet, Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada, asked:
When will Canada finally recognise that we are not immune to racism and anti-Semitism, and that it is this type of rhetoric that directly leads to radicalization all over the world?
Well, the police eventually issued an arrest warrant, and Al Nasr, a Palestinian-Jordanian imam, is now facing a charge of wilful promotion of hatred.
In welcoming the action, Mostyn said he hopes the charge will deter future threats and assaults on the Jewish community in Canada.
Today, the Jewish community of Montreal can sleep safer, knowing that there is a price to pay for inciting violence against our community. This incident and others like it demonstrate that anti-Semitism, especially in the guise of religion, remains a serious problem in Canada today.
Al Nasr’s whereabouts are unknown, but B’nai Brith suspects he may be in Jordan and is calling for his extradition. Several Muslim groups have condemned the speech.
The Dar al-Arkam Mosque has still yet to apologise for the speech and the original Arabic version of the sermon remains posted to the mosque’s YouTube channel, according to B’nai Brith.
The warrant for Al Nasr’s arrest comes on the heels of an investigation into a rapper known as Madd Cold, above – real name an Iraqi-American geo-political thinker” – who is being investigated for inciting violence against the Jewish community following a complaint by B’nai Brith., “