The diplomatic cold shoulder was sparked when Ms. Sobeh Ali took to Twitter this month to circulate a link to a video posted on YouTube, telling her followers on the social-media message system to “check this video out.”
The video shows a Palestinian girl, in tears and shouting with passion, reciting a poem in Arabic, “I am Palestinian.” The English subtitles on the video include a passage where millions are called “to a war that raze the injustice and oppression and destroy the Jews.”As if a replacement will be any different. As if Palestine House, home base for Palestinian Zionhass in Canada, which has a kefiyyeh chequered map of Israel (which it considers to be Palestine) as its logo, and which receives government funding, is any different. Tell us, Mr. Baird, when are you going to do something about that?
When Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird learned of it about two weeks ago, he instructed his deputy minister, Morris Rosenberg, to call Ms. Sobeh Ali in to complain, and the Canadian representative in the West Bank, Chris Greenshields, to protest to the Palestinian Authority.
“Canada expects the Palestinian Authority to appropriately deal with this serious transgression,” Mr. Baird’s spokesman, Chris Day, said in an e-mail. “We have taken the decision to limit communication with this official until a replacement is selected.”...
Update: Meanwhile, another "undesireable" stays put--for now:
How did he get here and why is he allowed to stay?
That’s what a group of 1,600 Canadians are asking Immigration Minister Jason Kenney about an Iranian banker who fled to Toronto last month as officials in Iran sought him for questioning in a massive embezzlement scandal.
Mahmoud Reza Khavari, an Iranian-Canadian who owns a $3 million home in the affluent Bridle Path neighbourhood, was a top official at two banks alleged to have financed Iran’s nuclear missile activities.
Khavari held a number of key positions at Iran’s state-owned Bank Sepah, which was blacklisted by the UN Security Council in 2007 for allegedly providing support to the country’s Aerospace Industries Organization and other firms known to help spread weapons of mass destruction.
Until last month’s fraud scandal, Khavari was head of Bank Melli — a state-owned bank the United States and European Union have accused of financing terrorism. On Canada’s domestic watch list, Melli is listed as a bank that could or does contribute to Iran’s nuclear activities.
The citizens petitioning the government want to know when and how a man connected to Iran’s nuclear and missile programs acquired citizenship and they want his right to be here legally revoked.
“When people like this guy Khavari actually applied to become a Canadian citizen, one would expect the bureaucracy to do a background check,” said Ali Ehsassi, a Toronto lawyer who organized the petition-signing...A background check? In Canada? Oh, Mr. Ehsassi, you're so naive.