Bloc Québécois MP criticized for email with anti-Israeli links
The Conservative government accuses Maria Mourani, the MP for the Montreal riding of Ahuntsic, of distributing propaganda in support of Hamas, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Earlier this week, the MP forwarded an email to all 308 members of Parliament.
The email, which Mourani sent using her parliamentary account, included links to articles and videos that questioned the legitimacy of the Jewish state. One video included images of armed militants.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper brought up the issue during question period on Wednesday.
While being grilled by Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe about loan guarantees for the forestry industry, Harper shot back that Duceppe should concentrate on condemning Mourani's comments.
"Instead of repeating propaganda with respect to the budget, the Bloc leader should condemn his own members for having circulated propaganda which promotes terrorist organizations," Harper said.
MP apologizes in second email
Duceppe later told reporters that his MP had apologized in an email sent out Tuesday night.
Mourani's followup email explained that she simply intended to inform her colleagues about the tragic situation facing people living in the Gaza Strip following the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The MP also said she had not reviewed the contents of the original email before forwarding it.
Duceppe said Mourani will not face any sanctions.
The Jewish rights group B'nai Brith also criticized Mourani on Wednesday.
The group issued a statement saying it was irresponsible for the MP to forward messages without knowing the contents.