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Epilogue to the post “After Jews, who is next?”

By Zanna Linskaia

Following day, after pro-Palestinian rally in Coquitlam I went to RCMP station and

City Hall with questions I wanted to ask the local authorities - who gave permission

to run their rally in Coquitlam mall, who financially supports them and what kind of

penalty would they have for hatred slogans and calls to killing Jews with intifada

on Israel. The response was zero. No RCMP, neither City Hall are willing to

investigate Hamas supporters’ activities. Moreover, police officer did not want to

tell me his name or give me a form for complaint. “This is a freedom of speech,

they did not kill anybody”, - he argued sarcastically. In the office of Coquitlam

mayor - Richard Stewart, his secretary with a wide smile on her face declined my

request for meeting with him. “He is very busy, besides, he cannot do anything to

avoid these protests - we are free country”. Really? Only for Hamas supporters to

“Free Palestine from the river to the sea”?

Through the opened door of the mayor’s office I saw an aged Mr. Stewart eating

nuts and drinking coffee. For sure, he heard a dialog between me and his

secretary, pretending to be very busy. Are you going to vote for him again?

My next step was to the mall administrative office, where his manager admitted

that pro-Palestinian rally was not authorized by administration. For instance, they

followed all recommendations by police for customers’ security. She watched all

cameras’ footage and did not find any harms made by protestors. What can I say

about this hypocrisy and bigotry?

One of our Burquest founders and members Bill Gruenthal sent me his comments:

“It is going to get worse; the government is importing these people with our tax

dollars, feeding them with our tax dollars - but, as expected, they will vote for the

government that brought them in, in the next election.

Things don’t look too good for our future here - We need to withdraw all our financial

support from public places such as universities, hospitals, libraries, museum ( not

that those people would ever go to one ), etc. We have enough doctors to look after

ourselves. We need to act - but we don’t.”

However, we have opportunity to help ourselves by writing to currently serving

Coquitlam MLA’s:

Fin Donnelly - phone-604-942-5020

Hon.Selina Robinson - phone: 604-933-2001

Rick Glumac - phone 604-936-8709

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