Thursday, February 05, 2009

Peter Kent's Facebook friend

As noted in an earlier post, our new junior foreign minister Peter Kent was in the news again recently, shrilly demanding that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez do something, pronto, about a vicious attack on a Caracas synagogue.

Just who is Peter Kent, again? I have noted before that he's got some rather questionable associations. And now a Jewish peace activist informs me b/c that Kent has been palling around with at least one other known extremist. He's got the screenshots to prove it, too.

Meet Meir Weinstein, aka Meir Halevi, the Canadian Director of the Jewish Defense League. The JDL was founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Weinstein and our junior foreign minister are Facebook friends.

Weinstein is also a member of a Facebook group called מוות לערבים (Death To Arabs).


My source writes:

The JDL merited mention in the FBI's Terrorism 2000/2001 report after leader Irv Rubin and his aide, Earl Krugel "were arrested as they were in the final stages of planning attacks against the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California, and the local office of U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa." They were both convicted and died in prison - Rubin committed suicide; Krugel was murdered.

The Global Terrorism Database lists 51 incidents associated with the JDL (go to and enter "Jewish Defense League" - with an s in defense- in the search engine). See also the JDL's profile in the National Consortium for the Study of Terror and Responses to Terrorism's database (Weinstein/Halevi was an associate of Irv Rubin's - they were arrested together inspecting the post-arson damage to Ernst Zundel's bunker in Toronto a decade or so ago). Weinstein/Halevi was also a spokesperson for the banned Kach movement (which is on Canada's list of terrorist organizations) and defended the organization in the North American press following the Baruch Goldstein massacre.

ADL's backgrounder on the JDL is here.

Politics make strange bedfellows, so the old saw runs. In this case, though, it seems that bedfellows are making increasingly strange politics.

And, in the editorial rooms of the corporate media, you can still hear a pin drop.

UPDATE: (February 6) Kent appears to have de-friended Weinstein.

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