The Centre Denounces Antisemitic Elements in Toronto Madrassah’s Curriculum

Toronto, ON – It was recently brought to the attention of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs that curriculum issued by the Toronto-based East End Madrassah contains antisemitic themes. In particular, the Level 8 curriculum document, which is publicly available on the Madrassah’s website, equates the beliefs of Judaism with Nazism and claims that “treacherous Jews” had “conspired to kill Prophet Muhammad”.

“Using religion to promote hatred among youth is not just offensive and abhorrent – it shows a stunning disregard for Canada’s basic values of decency and tolerance. Canadians of all backgrounds would be outraged to learn that horrific conspiracy theories are included in this curriculum, including the blood libel that Jews plotted to kill Muhammad,” said David Spiro, Greater Toronto Co-Chair of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the advocacy arm of Canadian Jewish Federations.

“Such slurs against the Jewish community violate the values that Canadians hold dear – such as goodwill and mutual respect. Instead of promoting such values, this curriculum only serves to promote animosity, racism, and hatred. Given that the Madrassah conducts classes at David & Mary Thompson Collegiate, we will be bringing this to the attention of the Toronto District School Board to ensure that public property is not used to advance racist agendas,” said Sheldon Goodman, Greater Toronto Co-Chair of the Centre.

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Background

Excerpts from Level 8 curriculum issued by the East End Madrassah – full text is available online here.

· Section entitled “The Purpose of Jihad” (p. 71): “Unlike the beliefs of the ancient Romans, the Jews, and the Nazis, Islam is not restricted to a certain community of a certain race, but is for all human beings and aims at human prosperity and salvation.”

· Section entitled “End of Jewish Plots and Treacheries” (pp. 111-112): “Ever since the Prophet’s entry into Madina, the treacherous Jews had vehemently opposed him and his Islamic call, evoking memories of their hostility to the previous Prophet, Jesus Christ (a), half a millennium ago. The crafty Jews entered into an alliance with the polytheist Quraish in a bid to stamp out Islam. They conspired to kill Prophet Muhammad [s] despite the fact that he was lenient towards them and had treated them kindly, hoping to convince them of Islam’s truth. But eventually as Jewish plots and aggressions increased, he had no choice other than to take up arms against them, in order to protect Islam and the Muslims. At the battle of Khaiber which is famous for Imam Ali’s [a] heroic exploits, the Prophet defeated them ending Jewish intrigues and conspiracies in Arabia.”