Board suspends Toronto Islamic school’s operating permit after row over anti-Jewish curriculum

An Islamic school that had been using teaching materials that dis Jews and encouraged boys to keep fit for jihad has lost its license to use Toronto District School Board property. The board suspended a permit issued to the Islamic Shia Study Centre, which operated the East End Madrassah out of a Toronto high school until an outcry last week over the content of its curriculum booklets.


But the school’s curriculum, which it has now taken off its website, referred to “crafty,” “treacherous” Jews and contrasted Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis.” The passages were from two books published by Iranian foundations. Girls, meanwhile, were told to limit their involvement in physical activities and to instead engage in hobbies that would prepare them to become mothers and wives.

Toronto Islamic School critiqued for anti-Jewish books

News Agencies – May 10, 2012

A Toronto Islamic school’s teaching materials, which have prompted a police hate crimes investigation because of their portrayal of Jews, were originally published by Iranian organizations, records show. The passages of the East End Madrassah’s texts that drew the most widespread condemnation are excerpts from two books, including one published by the Al Balagh Foundation in Iran.

The other book, which contrasts Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis,” was published by the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, which the U.S. alleges was a front organization for the Iranian government.

Jewish community groups were disappointed to learn that materials from Iran had found their way into Canadian school texts. Neither the madrassa nor its parent organization, the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat, could be reached for comment. The East End Madrassa rents space every Sunday in a high school owned by the Toronto District School Board. The madrassa apologized to the Jewish community earlier this week and promised to review its teaching materials.

Toronto Islamic Centre Sends Money for Khadr Bail, Denies Ties to Extremists

Members of the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in the east-end of Toronto have pledged $50,000 CAD in bail money for Abdullah Khadr, who has been in custody for 2 _ years. Mr. Khadr, 27, is wanted in the United States for allegedly buying weapons in Pakistan for al-Qaeda and plotting to kill Americans in Afghanistan. The Salaheddin Islamic Centre’s manager rejected suggestions that it has ties to terrorist activities that would make it unsuitable for Mr. Khadr if he’s granted bail, pending his fight to stave off extradition to the United States. The prosecution’s lawyer, Howard Piafsky, noted that Mr. Khadr’s late father, known to be close to Osama bin Laden, attended the centre. The centre’s co-founder alledgedly went to Iraq to fight the U.S.-led invasion. Mr. Khadr’s grandparents, Mohamed and Fatmah Elsamnah, have offered to put up their Toronto home, estimated to be worth $300,000 CAD, as surety.