Canadian Sen. Linda Frum (Con-Ont.) isn’t buying Liberal Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid’s apology for honoring an accused anti-Semitic group with a government certificate of merit.
Frum said Khalid has had a long-time friendship with the the communications director of Palestine House, Amin El-Maoued, who she once called a “rock” and “brother” in previous references.
Khalid apologized after the Jewish human rights organization B’nai Brith slammed the Muslim MP for “rewarding” a group that has equated Israel to Adolf Hitler. (RELATED: Jewish Group Accuses Canadian Liberal MP Of ‘Rewarding’ Anti-Semitism)
Frum tweeted her contention that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Party of Canada and Khalid knew of El-Maoued’s positions:
— Senator Linda Frum (@LindaFrum) August 17, 2018
Khalid has presented at least one other award to El-Maoued, which the Toronto-area MP did not apologize for, arguing that she met with “a diverse range of individuals.” Khalid is the author of a notorious motion, M-103, that seeks to condemn alleged “Islamophobia” in Canada. The motion is now before a Parliamentary committee that could recommend that “Islamophobic” language be included in Canada’s hate speech laws.
Following B’nai Brith’s condemnation, Khalid issued an apology and statement that she was “not aware of some of Amin El-Maoued’s past views — and only he can speak to them — but we all must stand against anti-Semitism and discrimination in all its forms.”
But Frum told CBC News that Khalid’s supposed ignorance of El-Maoued’s views is hard to believe, especially when the former government removed Palestine House’s federal government funding for its extremist views.
“Isn’t that convenient?” Frum asked CBC News. “This concept that this is all news to her is just ridiculous.”
“Yesterday, all of a sudden, she’s become very enlightened about the extremism of her friend. Up ’til now she’s been quite unrepentant about her affiliations with extremism,” she said.