By BERNIE BELLAN
(Posted March 7) The CBC Manitoba website today reported on the adversity that a Winnipegger by the name of Omar Kinnarath has encountered since he helped to organize a rally this past Saturday to counter another rally that was being held to criticize a Private Member's Motion in the House of Commons to condemn "Islamophobia". (Updated March 8) We received copies of tweets from Omar Kinnarath's Twitter feed. Those tweets can be seen at the end of this article. Not only is he anti-Semitic, he's a homophobe and a misogynist.
Here is an excerpt from the CBC report on Kinnarath: "A week ago Omar Kinnarath was preparing for (sic.) rally at the Winnipeg City Hall, now he is being relentlessly harassed online.
" 'I'm concerned for sure. I'm concerned about how my life is completely changed now,"'he said.
"Kinnarath is the founder of FF1 — Fascist Free Treaty 1, which planned a rally in response to a different rally organized by the Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCCC) against Motion 103, which calls on the government to 'recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear.' "
Regardless of the merits of M103, Kinnarath might have some explaining to do about his Instagram account. Kinnarath 's username on his account is "abuhamza786". Abu Hamza is the name of a notorious Muslim cleric.
(Posted March 10): After hearing from Omar Kinnarath himself, I now accept his explanation for his Instagram handle: ) "this is defamation. Thank you for the wiki lesson on Abu Hamza, I didn't know who this man was until today. My son is named Hamza, Abu in Arabic is father hence Abuhamza786. You dug deep for dirt, should of found out the name of my son and put 2 and 2 together. You either ignored this FACT or simply did not care about it to make me look like a sympathizers for extreme elements of Islam." In a subsequent message, Omar wrote: "Iam proud of the name my ex wife and I chose for our son. Continuing to publish that headline makes your publication look dishonest and irresponsible." (read more comments from Kinnarath at the end of this article).
I responded to Omar: "Look - if I had a social media handle like "Baruch Goldstein" - do you know who that was? (If you don't, look him up), then said: "It was my grandfather's name", I wouldn't blame people for thinking I was trying to glorify a Jewish terrorist. I accept your explanation, but believe me - if someone Googles the name "Abu Hamza", they're not going to come up with a picture of your son. Look Omar - I didn't have a clue who you were until someone contacted me and said I should take a look at some things. With social media these days people have to be awfully careful when they seek media attention. I accept the coincidence of your using your son's name for an Instagram handle at the same time as the name belongs to a vile preacher of hatred, but you really ought to consider changing that name if you're going to want to remain a spokesperson for your community. By the way, one of my sources on this story is himself a Muslim."
So, who is Abu Hamza?
"In 2004, Hamza was arrested by British police after the United States requested he be extradited to face charges. He was later charged by British authorities with sixteen offences for inciting violence and racial hatred. In 2006, a British court found him guilty of inciting violence, and sentenced him to seven years' imprisonment. On 5 October 2012, after an eight-year legal battle, he was extradited from the UK to the United States to face terrorism charges and on 14 April 2014 his trial began in New York. On 19 May 2014, Hamza was found guilty of eleven terrorism charges by a federal jury in Manhattan. On 9 January 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole."
Why would Kinnarath choose to use the name of someone steeped in hatred and violence for his Instagram account? (Ed. note: In a message received March 10 Kinnarath gives an explanation for his having chosen the name "abuhamzan786". Go to the end of this article to read that explanation.)
Further, some of the pictures on Kinnarath's Instagram account might not be considered the kind of image that someone who is interested in quelling a "climate of hate and fear" might want to post. On this page we have a picture taken from Kinnarath's Instagram account.
We leave it to readers to judge whether Mr. Kinnarath might not be the most able spokesman for a group organized to denounce a "climate of hate and fear".
(Posted March 10)
We received the folllowing message on Facebook from Omar Kinnarath:
1) this is defamation. Thank you for the wiki lesson on Abu Hamza, I didn't know who this man was until today. My son is named Hamza, Abu in Arabic is father hence Abuhamza786. You dug deep for dirt, should of found out the name of my son and put 2 and 2 together. You either ignored this FACT or simply did not care about it to make me look like a sympathizers for extreme elements of Islam.
2) concerning the tweets, nice job digging and picking and choosing which ones to take out of context. I have many friends that are strong independent women who will stand by me. Those tweets were directed to my ex wife who I have a great relationship with today. those tweets were a reflection of what I was going through at the time.
3) regarding your failed attempts to pin homophobia on me my brother is a gay man married to another wonderful gay man. the tweet about Tim Thomas is a direct response to HIS open homophobia, Google and find out, you are good at that. The part where I was. Talking to my friend and #faggots is the slur those gentlemen used against us that night.
4) I am very much a critic of the Likud party and the state of Israel, as I am s critic of the Saud family and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I know Israel does not represent the Jewish faith the Saudis do not represent Islam. I have a great respect for Jews and Judaism. It's people like you that want to lump all Jews in one category and find criticism of Israel as anti Semitic, it is not. There are a great many Jews and Israelis who oppose the actions of the state of Israel but still observe their faith.
yes, fuck Israel for killing Palestinians, fuck Hamas for Killing Israelis. fuck the USA for killing Iraqis and fuck Saudi Arabia for supporting ISIS.
This is irresponsible "journalism" meant to discredit my motives. the goal of my group is to bring people together. Your goal is to create suspicion and divide. We are one family, and need to support each other especially now. The Asper centre just received a bomb threat and that saddens and sickens me as much as a mosque being vandalized.
I urge you to remove all the falsehoods on this article linking me to any sort of terrorism. The headline is disgusting and just makes your publication lose all credibility.
I am flattered that you feel the need to investigate me but know full well, FF1 and I are here to stand up and defend Jews and Israelis as well from this emergence of hate that has been coming to our community. We need to come together now, there are forces that seek to make us afraid. And we will not be afraid of hate. If you wish to seek dialogue please feel free to message me,