“York Regional Police supports Ms Geller’s right to free speech, but…”
Police have no business trying to abrogate free speech with veiled threats. Free speech does not contravene the values of a public organization.
There isÂ Blowback
The day the story broke of Pamela Geller’s cancellation, Inspector Ricky Veerappan admitted to having strongarmed and threatened the Chabad Rabbi.Â Now the goosestepping Nazi-wannabe Veerappan is lying and changing his story. He said he did a “hate crime investigation” of Geller and it seems she was found guilty. Of what? We don’t know, he never says.
I will pursue the release of the findings of this “hate crime investigation.” In the meantime, there has been serious blowback to this pogrom-style thuggery. Canadians are angry and well they should be. Any free man subjected to the punitive and oppressive blasphemy laws under the sharia should fight tooth and nail for the freedom to speak.
How do you handle an ‘anti-Islamist firebrand”?Â Best to bring a whip and a chair, boys.
“Pamela Geller speech still a go for Toronto”Â Toronto Sun, May 2, 2013
TORONTOÂ -Â Toronto Police won’t say how they’ll handle an anti-Islamist firebrand set to give a speech in the city â€” after police in Thornhill forced a rabbi to cancel her scheduled talk at a synagogue there.
Pamela Geller, a controversial speaker best known for protesting a planned mosque near Ground Zero in New York and plastering that city’s subway system with anti-jihad ads, will speak May 13 at the Toronto Zionist Centre, a pro-Israel rental space located on Marlee Ave., near Lawrence Ave. W. and the Allen Expy.
Geller, who is being brought in to speak by the hard-line Jewish Defence League (JDL), was originally supposed to lecture at the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue in Thornhill, but York Regional Police threatened its rabbi with his removal as a police chaplain if he let the event happen.
Many of Geller’s speeches in the past have drawn protesters. A Geller talk in New York last month was cancelled and moved to another venue, but not without a heavy police presence.
The JDL’s Meir Weinstein told the Toronto Sun his organization will have at least 30 of its own security personnel for Geller’s Toronto lecture, and they’re prepared for physical altercation with protesters.
“We’re quite prepared for anything that disrupts the event,” Weinstein said. “If it does happen, we’ll be ready. And anyway, we expect (Toronto) police to do their job.”
The police, however, were not forthcoming as to what that job would be.
“We don’t speculate on what may or may not happen at events,” is all spokesman Const. Tony Vella would say, adding nobody from Toronto Police’s hate crimes unit was willing to speak about the coming event.
The Toronto Zionist Centre, named after a term used to describe the fight for a secure state of Israel, has had problems with protests in the past.
Several people were arrested and an officer suffered a broken rib during a protest at a January 2011 talk given by the founder of the English Defence League, a U.K.-based anti-Muslim group.
The centre’s director, Joseph Winter, was polite but defiant when presented with the possibility of police asking he cancel Geller’s talk.
“Unless somebody breaks the law … I would say you can’t do that,” Winter said, adding he had “faith” police would keep the peace during Geller’s lecture and that it “is not breaking the law to have someone speak in your building.”