Liberal MP Iqra Khalid apologizes for giving award to alleged anti-Semite

Liberal MP Iqra Khalid apologizes for giving award to alleged anti-Semite

A Liberal MP is rescinding a community service award she gave to the public relations chief of Palestine House and is apologizing for bestowing the recognition in the first place after an outcry from the Canadian Jewish community.

The Mississauga-Erin Mills MP gave the volunteer appreciation award to El-Maoued last week but swiftly came under fire by B’nai Brith Canada over El-Maoued’s history and past alleged association with anti-Semitism.

The Jewish advocacy organization launched a petition asking Khalid to take back the award and apologize over what it said was El-Maoued’s role in leading a July 2017 rally “laden with hate-filled and anti-Semitic slogans,” including chants of “Israel and Hitler are the same.”

Palestine House, which describes itself as “an educational, social and cultural centre of the Palestinian-Canadian Community,” lost all federal funding in 2012. The Conservative government at the time cited what it called a “pattern of support for extremism.”

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