London police say they have evidence “from a variety of sources, including online” that the attack by Nathaniel Veltman that killed four members of a Muslim family in London on Sunday was a “hate-motivated crime.”
That’s ridiculous and it’s the sort of talk that will get you slapped with a Writ of Pisher from Ezra’s legal team: Rebel stunt lawyer Aaron Rosenberg and David Elmileh (RE-LAW LLP).
As Messrs. Rosenberg and Elmileh will no doubt inform anyone who needs informing, any conflation of the desperate acts of basement-dwelling ‘zlamophobe nutbags and Ezra’s Little Shop of Führers is defamatory, preposterous and has no place in a family magazine.
Ezra Lügenpants and his Rebel operation hold no responsibility for crazies like Brenton Tarrant aka The Christchurch Mosque Killer, who murdered 51 people in 2019.
When a New Zealand royal commission into the mosque shootings released its report last year, it emerged that Tarrant gave financial support to white supremacist websites like The Daily Stormer, The Right Stuff and, er, Rebel News Network Ltd., to whom he made a AUD $106.68 donation via PayPal on Sept. 15, 2017.
The Rebel’s been packing in discerning readers with their Muslim coverage for years. Take this 2015 classic: “Islamization of Canadian schools: Hamilton school board wastes your money to buy Hijabs for Muslims”
Islamization? Hot damn! Newshound Ezra had nosed out this scoop on flagrant misuse of public money by reading the previous week’s Hamilton Spectator – or rather by spectacularly misreading it.
The Spec had actually reported, “The Hamilton-Wentworth School Board Foundation—the board’s arms-length fundraising arm—is launching a campaign to raise funds for the purchase of sports hijabs for Muslim girls.”
By the time the news reached Ezra’s faithful lip-movers, however, the foundation and its fundraising had faded into the deep background:
“The Hamilton-Wentworth School Board will raise $10,000 in public funds to buy Hijabs for soccer teams,” quoth Ez. “This is the Islamization of Canada’s schools.”
It’s a reverse Goebbels that relies not on the Big Lie, but the little one. His sly use of “public funds” is true-ish, in the sense that donations would come from members of the public. But it also sounds to the average Rebel fan that the school board’s tax-funded budget had been hijacked for burqas or bomb belts or whatever the fuck a hijab is.
As for “your money” in the headline? Well, er…
This effort sadly left Rebel 0-for-2 in its crusade against the creeping Islamization of our schools. In November 2014, Ezra was on the scent of another school board outrage when he worked for Sun Media:
“It’s Remembrance Day. But not for everyone. The Greater Essex County District School Board in Ontario circulated an e-mail [saying] teachers should be prepared to exempt Muslim students from Remembrance Day…. It’s a disgrace that any family would object to it–especially an immigrant family who came here to benefit from our country. It would call into question the basis on which they applied for and were granted citizenship.”
Fact check: The board issued a memo advising that if some parents wanted their kids exempted, teachers should plan other activities for them. The rest was unadulterated Ezra.
“Understand that these Muslim families who purportedly object to Remembrance Day do not exist,” fumed the Toronto Star’s Edward Keenan. “Those ungrateful immigrants live only in Levant’s imagination. The memo he refers to—as he notes later in his column—doesn’t even mention Muslims…. The school board has confirmed: no Muslim family—in fact, no family of any kind—asked for an exemption from ceremonies.”
As for Levant’s fashion policing of the soccer pitch, his hijab panic was xenophobia most stale.
The game moved on some time ago, with FIFA previously sanctioning all manner of religious headgear – hijabs, turbans, even Jew hats, available through Soccer Sport Kippah at skullcap.com.