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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 12:00 AM
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Burka-clad protesters offer pro-Israel message
MONTREAL The appearance of three people in face-concealing burka-like costumes carrying signs reading Mort Israel on St. Denis Street on a busy Saturday afternoon Oct. 22 has highlighted a difference of opinion over how best to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in Montreal.

The incident occurred outside Chaussures Naot, at 3941 St. Denis St., which has been the target of an ongoing boycott campaign initiated by Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) because it sells footwear made in Israel.

The three, apparently all men, were, in fact, from the pro-Israel side, but they werent from the Jewish community, said Jack Kincler, a leader of the grassroots counter-protesters since PAJUs picketing began in October 2011 outside another shoe store across the street, Boutique Le Marcheur.

They have not revealed themselves, and Kincler said he doesnt know who they were. And if I did, I would not say. Its up to them to come forward.

While he said he was somewhat uncomfortable with the stunt, he added, that it was theatre of the absurd, funny, and a legitimate means of expression in a free country. The three were using irony and a little showmanship to gain attention to counter the lies that are being spread unchecked by the other side week after week, he maintained.


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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 12:03 AM
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1. Beating your wife is criminal in Israel, /Israel is a refuge for gay Arabs.
In smaller lettering, the masked mens signs carried slogans in French such as Beating your wife is criminal in Israel, Israel does not kill political dissidents like in Iran, and Israel is a refuge for gay Arabs.

A video that was posted on YouTube by PAJU shows the trio ululating like Muslim women as they hand out pink flyers. A man attempts to throw a pie in one of their faces.

The videographer also chases one of the burka-clad protesters into a lane asking him to show his face, but he refuses. A police officer intervenes, warning the videographer to back off and saying that its just theatre.

PAJU called a press conference Oct. 25 accusing the anti-boycott demonstrators of acting in a threatening and racist manner, and claiming the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and the Rseau Libert-Qubec (RLQ), a conservative political group founded by journalist Eric Duhaime last year, of being behind the stunt.
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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 12:06 AM
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2. A significant number of other pro-Israel francophone Quebecers are still going to the demonstrations
A significant number of other pro-Israel francophone Quebecers are still going to the demonstrations. In fact, most weeks, they outnumber the Jewish participants. Among the most consistent are members of Amitis Qubec-Israel, which has been around since 1976.
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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 10:49 AM
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3. A little different from the Australian experience nt
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