Before posting the rest, I want to take an important statements from the article and put it first as it shows the mindset behind this.
Hussein Dabaja, one of the signs creators said:
He said several of Windsor’s Lebanese citizens will do what it takes to keep the sign up, short of violence
“It’s going to stay up until the last minute. If someone comes to take it down, they’re ready to fight for it, to protect it to be up there.
That sounds just like violence to me.
LGF says it quite pointedly, but I think a more appropriate term would be “Chutzpah”
“Brazen” doesn’t even begin to describe the attitude of the Hizballah supporters in Windsor, Ontario
I don’t know if you have the legal right in Canada to support terrorist organizations but I would imagine not.
One of the people responsible for a controversial billboard depicting Hezbollah’s leader said he did it to honour freedom fighting families back home — and it’s their Canadian right to do so.
Well I think this sums it up pretty good… I do like the one part in bold. No Mr. Dabaja you cannot do anything. There are laws and rules and you must live within them.
“In Canada we want peace,” said Hussein Dabaja, a Lebanese-born Hezbollah supporter. “We’re not trying offend anybody. We have freedom of speech. It’s a free country. We can do anything. Every Lebanese in Canada has somebody that died in Lebanon, the freedom fighters. Who is Hezbollah? Our brothers, our family, our parents, our friends. We came to Canada and they stayed there to fight.”
I can’t even begin here, when you come to another country and become a citizen of that country, then your are a citizen of that country before your homeland. This really shows where your loyalties lie. (And yes I know he meant that they were all Lebanese citizens before coming to Canada, however the way he said it leaves it open to interpretation and maybe he really did subconcously reveal his loyalties)
“The sign shows the Lebanese community finally got a chance to express their feelings about what is going on, to show respect,” said sign supporter Ayat Choukeir. “Before we were Canadians we were all Lebanese. To see a part of Lebanon in our city makes us really happy.”
Well considering that you are supposedly honoring those trying to get your land back from Israel, well, that would make it anti-Jewish, oh wait I forgot Anti-Zionist (sarcasm)
Dabaja said the billboard was not meant to be an anti-Jewish statement.
It is Hezbollah that does not want peace, that has always been the case, and no many in the world do not like terrorists.
“People who have something against the billboard don’t like Hezbollah and they don’t want peace,” he said.
I am sure considering you already admitted it is the families of yourself and those in your community that are part of a terrorist organization, I would imagine it does mean a lot to you.
Dabaja said honouring those fighting in Lebenon means a lot to many people, including himself.
Mr. Dabaja, sorry, the problem is that Hebollah is a bunch of terrorist. It has nothing to to with the Canadian government putting them on a list. The only thing that does, is give the government some legal authority, which it probably will not use, because they are afraid of a CAIR lawsuit, to take the sign down.
Dabaja said he believes the sign wouldn’t have sparked such controversy if Canada’s government hadn’t labelled Hezbollah a terrorist group.
“The reason for the problems, the responsibility is the Canadian government,” he said. “The Canadian government made the Lebanese feel the government is against them. Canada needs to fix the mistake it made and take Hezbollah off the terrorist list. They labelled Hezbollah as a terrorist without having respect for the Muslim people.”
Sorry Haidar, but Lebanon was given it’s land back from Israel already, and in case you forgot Lebanon was militarily occupied by Syria until not to long ago. And Hezbollah’s roots are from Iran.
“This sign means to me remembrance for the people who are looking for peace in the Middle East,” said Zouelfikar Haidar. “It’s a point of view. It’s paper on the board. It’s not a weapon. Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese people. However Hezbollah does it, there is a country occupied and people defending their country. I agree with that, because we’ve been waiting 25 years for the United Nations to get our land back.”