Monday, September 21, 2009

Al-Quds Protest, Queen's Park, Toronto, 2009 - Video - Part 1

This video features Barry Weisleder at the Socialist Action literature table, Farid Ayad, the president of Palestine House and Ali Mallah, vice-president of the Canadian Arab Federation. (I don't know the name of the man who emceed the event.)

Start watching around the 6:15 mark for my encounter with Ali Mallah who blocked me from videotaping and demanded to know my name "because you are with the JDL".

Update: Here's a transcript of our encounter. Note that this took place after I was denounced as a witch Zionist by Jesse M. Zimmerman. After my conversation with Ali Mallah who demanded to know my name, a man behind and to the left of me walked past me and bumped into me to get to the area to my right (where James Clark and his denouncer friend stood). On his way back to the left of me, the man knocked into me again (his arm/shoulder into my upper back). He wasn't off balance. If it had happened once, it might have been an accident, but after the second time, it was clear that it was deliberate.


Ali Mallah of the Canadian Arab Federation: " to you for a second?"

Me: "I'm taping."

Ali Mallah: "Sorry?"

Me: "I'm taping the uh..."

Ali Mallah: "And who, who are you with?"

Me: "I'm by myself."

Ali Mallah: "Yeah and what is your name?"

Me: "That's my business."

Ali Mallah: "It's not your business because you're with the JDL."

Me: "No, I am not."

Ali Mallah: "Yes, you were."

Me: "No, I am not."

Ali Mallah: "So, you're not."

Me: "I do not belong to the JDL."

Ali Mallah: "So you're not belong to the JDL."

Me: "No, I do not."

Ali Mallah: "And then what is your name? I give you my name, it is Ali Mallah. You don't wanna give me your name?"

Me: "No, I'm not going to give you my name because I know who you're with."

Ali Mallah: [leans closer to hear me]

Me: "I know who you're with. I'm not giving you my name."

Ali Mallah: "Are you journalist? Documentary?"

Me: "No."

Ali Mallah: "No? Okay. And you're saying you're not a JDL?"

Me: "I do not belong to the JDL."

Ali Mallah: "Okay. Thank you."

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Update #4: More on Ali Mallah.


Don Sharpe said...

The 'true face of Islam'.
You showed real courage standing up to them. Well Done!

Josephine said...

Thank you, Don.

natasha said...

Good lord. And what if you were with the JDL?

Good for you for standing your ground!

The Phantom said...

Josephine, you've captured on tape everything that makes Toronto suck the way it does.

Damn good thing I wasn't there with you. I'd be in jail for sure, after that little encounter.

"Yeah I'm with the f-ing JDL, what's it to ya monkeyboy?!" Cue the sirens.

I stay home these days, my nerves aren't up to tolerating creeps like that. You're made of frickin' steel, good on ya.

Josephine said...

Thanks, natasha, that's what I wondered, but I figured I'd better stick to the truth and not test those waters.

Thanks, Phantom, I would have liked to have seen their reaction to someone who said he was a member of the JDL.

The guy who walked around me hissing, "Zionist," is the one who told that man that I was with the JDL.