He says he is innocent, and that the whole thing has been a Kafkaesque nightmare. That may be true. Now he will stand trial and we will (one hopes) find out one way or the other. In any case, it may seem strange and jarring to people that a mild-mannered sociology professor could be someone capable of bombing a synagogue. Islamic antisemitism, however, is deeply rooted in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and can be imbibed by anyone who takes those sources as authoritative.
Diab was allegedly a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is a Marxist group rather than a jihadist one, and so some may object to my calling him a “suspected jihad bomber” in the headline. However, the PFLP is a servant of the jihad agenda; the entire rage against Israel is rooted in Islamic doctrine and inextricably related to the concept of jihad; if those things had not been involved, there would have been a negotiated peace between Israel and the “Palestinians” decades ago.
OTTAWA – An Ottawa sociology professor says he will keep fighting for his freedom now that he faces certain extradition to France in a decades-old terrorism case.
The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it would not hear the appeal of Hassan Diab, wanted for questioning by French authorities in connection with the October 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue.
Some time in the next six weeks, Diab — now locked in an Ottawa jail — will be whisked to France where a judge will quiz him about the unsolved crime.
French authorities suspect Diab, 60, was involved in the anti-Semitic bombing 34 years ago that killed four people and injured dozens of others — an accusation he denies.
In a statement, Diab described life since his arrest six years ago as a Kafkaesque nightmare. He expressed disappointment in the high court decision — calling the outcome shocking — and promised to never stop battling “the false allegations” levelled against him.
“This is a very sad day for me, my family and supporters, and the state of extradition law in Canada. I had hoped for justice from the Canadian legal system,” he said.
“I vow to never give up, and I will always remain hopeful that I will eventually return to my home in Canada and be reunited with my wife and children.”
In keeping with standard practice, the Supreme Court gave no reason for its decision….