This year’s “Con Job” on the Canadian press award has to go to Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, the two Canadians that were held in Egyptian prisons without being charged by Egyptian officials. Throughout their 51 day imprisonment and additional 5 day in which they were not allowed to leave Egypt, all they did was sing their own rendition of Warren Zevon’s song, Poor Poor Pitiful Me.
I understand that their incarceration was far from being a holiday at Club Med. But let’s look at the facts, were they truly innocent, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or did they have it coming to them.
Looking at things from a legal perspective, and having to make a decision on the balance of probabilities, to determine if a person knowingly commits an act, one of the first things one looks at, is the person’s credibility which is usually established by their past behaviour and their pattern of behaviour.
Let us now look at their pattern of behaviour.
Did you know that Loubani calls himself a Palestinian? He is a doctor living in London, Ontario who was born in Kuwait and moved to Canada as a child.
He also was arrested along with three activists by Israel and subsequently deported in 2003 after establishing a camp to protest a perimeter wall being built by Israel. In 2010 he was arrested and charged with trespassing after participating in a demonstration at London’s Masonville Place against excessive Christmas shopping. Also in 2012, his verbal outbursts caused him to be escorted by police from a media conference held by Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley.
So, he’s not all that innocent.
As for Greyson, he is film maker known for making films such as Uncut, which is described as “a playful, yet powerful, interweaving of images of Pierre Trudeau, circumcision and copyright law”, as well as a film called Urinal. What can I tell you!
But did you know that Greyson is also a key member of QUAIA – Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, the same group who for years have tried to hijack Toronto’s annual Pride Parade in the name of the vilification of Israel? More importantly, did you also know that in 2010 Greyson was a member of one of those flotillas with food and medical aid that attempted to reach Gaza despite an Israeli blockade to stop arms shipments? By the way, at the time, there was no shortage of food in Gaza, and 40 percent of the population was estimated to be obese which you can see in the following video.
So Greyson is not that innocent either.
If in fact, Loubani did intend to travel to Gaza to teach medical techniques, then why did he not do so under the auspice of an internationally sponsored organization such as the Red Cross, or Doctors Without Borders. He would have been provided with some semblance of protection and security by going with an internationally recognized aid group.
I found one particular piece of information interesting. Greyson withheld information that he was carrying portable camera gear (one light, one microphone, Loubani’s HD Canon, two Go-Pros), gear for a needed WiFi network and two disassembled toy-sized helicopters. According to Loubani, the remote controlled helicopters were to be used for testing the transportation of medical samples. Where were the medical samples to be transported?
According to Loubani, he had tested the transportation of medical supplies within a hospital in London, Ontario. This same technique would be used at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza, which is comprised of a five storey building and several pavilions.
The last time I checked, hospitals in London, Ontario had carts, specialized staff and service elevators for moving important items and patients quickly, as well as windows that could not be opened.
I then considered the Toronto’s University Health Network, or Toronto General Hospital. It’s more than 5 storeys high, with several pavilions and windows that cannot be opened. I really find it hard to fathom how remote-controlled helicopters can fly through the halls of Toronto General without creating havoc.
So I don’t buy their argument that the helicopters were used to transport medicines in light of the fact that the same type of four propeller drones with GoPro video cameras were used by rebels during the Libyan civil war as shown in the following video.
The Canadian media has fallen for these professional instigator activists, or con men. Congratulations Tarek Loubani and John Greyson! You have succeeded in conning the Canadian media.
If you truly wanted to make a difference in the Middle East, you should have gone to Syria where the use of chemical weapons has become prevalent.