The Muslim proscription against "unclean" animals received state-enforced validation last Saturday in Toronto at the annual Al-Quds Day rally held in the city's Queen's Park. 47-year-old Allan Einstoss, who was accosted by a Muslim demonstrator while walking among the crowd with his dog, is considering legal action after being held by the police after the assault, while the man who attacked him was not even questioned. Police on the scene reportedly chastised Einstoss for being "insensitive" to the Muslim protestors with the presence of his canine companion in the public park. "I was detained. They had me in handcuffs," Einstoss told Front Page Magazine. "They trampled all over my rights."
Al-Quds Day is an annual international event created in 1979 by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini to mark the end of Ramadan. It is anti-Semitic in nature, calling for the destruction of Israel and the creation a Palestinian state. Einstoss, who attended the event with his 77-year-old father and 16-year-old son, also brought along Cupcake, his 165 pound English Mastiff. Cupcake is a registered therapy dog slated to begin visiting veteran patients at Sunnybrook hospital this October. At the rally he was on a leash, and wearing an Israeli flag around his neck.
Einstoss said he was attending the rally as a "concerned citizen," unaffiliated with any group. He was amongst the crowd when two Muslim women approached him to ask about his dog. According to Einstoss, he was then approached by a male Al-Quds demonstrator who told him he was "not allowed to go near our women." Einstoss then asserted his right to go anywhere he pleased, but turned to walk away. At that point he said he was "punched in the chest" by a second male demonstrator, and that someone also kicked his dog.