Mike Fegelman Executive Director, HonestReporting CanadaRecent news that a Toronto Islamic school's anti-Semitic teaching materials came from an organization directly tied to the Iranian regime has left many Canadians feeling apprehensive.
Rife with blood libels, conspiracy theories and odious comparisons of Jews to Nazis, this "curriculum" was an affront to Canadian values which call for religious tolerance and mutual respect. Instead of teaching kids peace and promoting shared values, these books sought to indoctrinate hate, and fuel conflict.
It's not surprising that Iran would use a local proxy to export its dangerous dogma for western consumption. Domestically in Tehran, Iranian textbooks have instilled students with hatred toward the West, while urging grade-schoolers to become "martyrs" in a global holy war against countries perceived to be the enemies of Islam. In recent years, studies conducted by Freedom House have found that the Islamic Republic's textbooks were teaching children to embrace Islamic supremacism, with preparatory materials encouraging discrimination against women and non-Muslims.
Some Canadians may be surprised to learn that Iran's state-controlled broadcaster, Press TV, has been operating in Canadian cities like Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa for some years now, featuring "news reports" and "reporters" who disseminate radical propaganda and spew anti-Semitic tropes. Without a license from the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), these Press TV journalists presumably write articles hosted on Press TV's website, and file broadcast reports which are uploaded to its YouTube page, and then appended to the related news article.(emphasis Sally and Sam)...Continue reading...