This week, it was revealed that the East End Madrassah in Toronto was using Anti-Semitic textbooks written in Iran after a complaint was submitted by the ADL in Toronto lead to a police investigation.
According to local media, the local ADL office in Toronto noticed materials on the East End Madrassah website that came from Al-Balagh Foundation in Iran and the Mostafazan Foundation of New York, both of which are accused by the US government of having ties to the Iranian government and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah. Books by either of those two foundations are known to be full of anti-Semitic and hatred promoting violent Jihad intolerance. The East End Madrassah is an Islamic school that is renting space from a local public school.
In response to the report that was aired on Tuesday, local cleric Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi said that the use of such material resulted from a lack of communication and scrutiny by members of the community. He declared the materials to be unacceptable, but would not identify who was responsible for the offensive lesson plan. He also said that the lesson plans would not be redesigned. The school principal, Masuma Jessa, did not provide an explanation for the lessons and the head of the local Mosque said the information was obtained illegally. The school website was taken offline later in the week.
The local Jewish community condemned the revelation and said that because the school is renting pubic school space, it should be subject to the regulations of the Ontario Ministry of Education and retool its teaching plans to exclude offensive material. In addition, community representatives said the anti-Semitic slurs violate the law and are contradictory of Canada’s basic “values of respect and goodwill” and instead “promote animosity”. They also asked the the school be held accountable for its actions and curriculum.
The Toronto School Board said it is cooperating with police and is prepared to terminate its agreement with the school if it is found to be promoting anti-Semitism or hatred of any kind, which is illegal under Canadian Law. Canadian politicians from across the spectrum weighed in on the situation, mostly condemning the school and promising to prosecute those responsible “to the fullest extent of the law”.