Friday, December 23, 2005

Omar Alghabra says it wasn't him with victory for Islam!

Canada: Earlier post about this here. Now the Liberals are blaming some other guy and the CCD says Omar said it after his speech. At least we establish it was said, thats progress.

"Just days after publicly accusing the federal Liberal candidate for Mississauga-Erindale of making pro-Islamic remarks during his nomination acceptance speech, the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD) has rescinded its position. The CCD now alleges the candidate uttered his remarks after he had left the stage and finished his speech. However, the president of the Mississauga-Erindale riding association and other Liberal party stalwarts insist the remarks were, in fact, made by another Liberal party member from Markham. Outgoing Mississauga-Erindale MP Carolyn Parrish and Elias Hazineh, president of the Mississauga-Erindale Federal Liberal Riding Association, staunchly defended candidate Omar Alghabra. "I was on stage with Omar and he never uttered a word about (religion)," said Hazineh. "Omar is a secular man who doesn't mix politics and religion." Parrish said she heard several pro-Islamic remarks made at the meeting, but none of them came from Alghabra. "I heard it, but not from Omar," said Parrish. Yesterday afternoon, Alghabra emphatically denied the accusations. "I never said that, not before, during or after my speech," said Alghabra, 36, who took 488 of the 773 votes cast at the Mississauga-Erindale Liberal nomination meeting. "I can't even say the words were taken out of context, because (I didn't say them). Personally, I find any mixing of religion and politics offensive. "I can't speculate on what the motivation behind this is, but it certainly smells fishy," Alghabra continued. It's an attempt to distract from my campaign and to smear my reputation." Several sources who attended the meeting said the provocative comments were made by a Markham politician who was at the nomination meeting to support Alghabra. "He made comments about Muslims eventually being (represented) in every riding in Mississauga," said Parrish. "He made it sound like (Muslims) were taking over. It was extremely inappropriate." The Markham man had earlier sought support for his nomination as the Liberal candidate in the Mississauga-Erindale riding, but was turned down in favour of Alghabra. He strenuously denies the allegations."
Update# Toronto Star's Andrew Chung does damage control for the former member of its own community editorial board. He confirms the phrase "Victory for Islam" was used but does not go into much detail as the Mississauga account. Instead he angles it as a smear on Omar who goes nuts with comparisons he really should not have made. He also does not find out who this politician that said it.
But the damage has been done, Alghabra believes. And the contentious words, he said, are a dirty political smear attacking his background. "It's very emotional for me," said Alghabra, a self-described secular Muslim. "The closest thing I can think of is rape. It's the closest thing I can imagine. Where people are allowed to say things that are completely lies, offensive and outrageous, I can't believe it." His campaign is pondering legal action. Parrish said it's an election smear that could deter Muslims from participating in the election process. "It might cause them to step back and say, `I don't want the spotlight on me, I don't need this crap.'"
Unless you have been raped using that to try and cover up what was said is irresponsible and amateur emotional manipulation to make yourself out to be a victim. It is clear even from the Star article there were some questionable things being said.
Some present at the meeting described a tense situation even before the vote. One man said Alghabra supporters came from outside the riding. Some, said Nazeer, who asked that his last name not be used, were urging people to "vote for the Muslim, not the infidel." After Alghabra's win was announced, there was near chaos. "People thronged me, hugging me, kissing me," he said. The controversial words were allegedly uttered at that time.

Update#2 Judeoscope has this to say about the incident naming the politician.

Mississauga-Erindale riding President: pro-Islam remarks made by Liberal from Markham It appears that fingers are now pointing toward Markham councillor Khalid Osman...We cannot say for sure what really happened on December 1 in Mississauga-Erindale, but clearly, Islamist statements abounded after Omar Alghabra was nominated as the riding’s Liberal candidate. If, as he assures us, he did not utter any of the statements attributed to him, but did hear similar ones just as Carolyn Parrish and Elias Azineh say they did, and if these Islamist statements were spoken into the microphone on the podium, then, Mr. Alghabra owes residents of the riding and all Canadians an explanation for why he did not call to order those who welcomed his nomination with such provocative words

Omar should apologise for it, but he is too busy comparing himself to a rape victim to do so.

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