Trials have begun for those involved in the anti-Israel riot in Calgary this summer. Some have plead guilty. Others are being far more stubborn.
But regardless of the outcomes of these trials, justice has already been served in the matter: Saima Jamal, who organized the anti-Israel protest at which pro-Israel counter-protesters were ruthlessly assaulted, has had a peace medal from the Calgary YMCA rescinded.
Naturally, Jamal is outraged.
“That displays complete lack of respect for my work,” she complained to the CBC. “I feel, to tell you the truth, lost. How can someone do this to me, an institution as respectable as the Y?”
The award was rescinded after the Calgary YMCA was approached by the Calgary Jewish Federation with concerns about giving Jamal the award.
In a post on her Facebook page, Jamal expressed specific disappointment with the CJF.
“To find out that this manipulation of the YMCA’s highest principles was performed by the Calgary Jewish Federation is profoundly disappointing, especially when we are engaged in building bridges between the Muslim and Jewish communities,” she lamented. “These actions seem to be creating a dagger in our relationship.”
That’s one theory. Or perhaps it was Jamal herself who “created a dagger” in the relationship following the infamous riot, during which Jewish counter-protesters were assaulted, when she wrote the following on her Facebook page: “Bahaha… after today, they would be foolish to show up in another protest in Calgary as long as they live.”
Jamal insists that she wasn’t responsible for the violence. In her own way, she’s not wrong. However she, and only she, is responsible for her flippant response to it. And given that response, it’s simply hard to believe her when she says “It is well known that I was shaken by the violence and made an apology to those affected by the violence.”
Only one response seems appropriate: bahaha.
It’s not well known that she was shaken by the violence. I’d suggest it’s well known that the opposite is true. And to those aware of Jamal’s post-riot comments, her apology is not well-believed.
It’s a harsh but fitting lesson: Saima Jamal isn’t a peace activist just because she calls herself one.