Controversial Islamic school ordered out of Toronto public school property (THE GLOBE AND MAIL) ORONTO, CANADA The Canadian Press 05/16/12)
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The Toronto District School Board has forbidden a controversial
Islamic school from operating out of one of its properties.
The board revoked the permit for the East End Madrassah, a Sunday
school for Muslim children, citing an ongoing police investigation
into alleged anti-Semitic course material.
East End Madrassah came under fire earlier this month after Jewish
groups objected to material posted on its website.
A curriculum document compared Judaism with Nazism and said
that “treacherous jews” had killed Islam’s Prophet.
TDSB spokeswoman Shari Schwartz-Maltz says East End Madrassah will
have to find a new meeting place until the police investigation is
complete, adding the board has also requested a meeting with school
officials to ensure their teachings are in line with the board’s
Ms. Schwartz-Maltz says East End Madrassah complied willingly and was
quick to apologize for the controversy.
“We’ve had a relationship with the organization for about 30 years,
and in that 30 years we’ve had no complaints whatsoever,” she said.
Jewish groups praised the board’s decision, calling it an excellent
David Spiro, Toronto co-chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs, said he hopes the TDSB will eventually sever all ties with
“Given the presence of anti-Semitic passages in the curriculum, and
the dubious activism of its religious leadership, it is clear that
the Madrassah has disqualified itself as a partner with the School
Board on any level,” Mr. Spiro said in a statement.
Madrassah issued a written apology for the controversial passages on
its website, which it said should never have been included in its
The offending material was removed immediately after the organization
received a complaint on May 3, it said.
“Our curriculum is not intended to promote hatred towards any
individual or group of people, rather the children are taught to
respect and value other faiths, beliefs and to uphold Canada’s basic
values of decency and tolerance,” Madrassah said in the statement
issued earlier this month.
“We unreservedly apologize to the Jewish community for the
unintentional offence that the item has caused.”
Police have announced they are probing an official complaint against
Madrassah filed by the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which
initially discovered the contentious curriculum content.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty threw his support behind the
investigation, saying there was no room for hatred or intolerance in
the province’s schools. (© Copyright 2012 CTVglobemedia Publishing
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