(TORONTO, January 30, 2017)— The Canadian Arab Federation deplores the terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City and extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and their friends. The attack resulted in the death of 6 and injury of 8 innocent god fearing worshipers.
This is not the first such attack on the Centre or on Islamic or Arab institutions; as the same centre was the subject of a hate crime back in July 2016. Many other Muslim and Arab institutions across the country have been subjected to various and repeated violent attacks.
“These repeated attacks indicate a failure of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the law enforcement agencies in their duty to protect all Canadians” stated Mohamed Boudjenane CAF Acting President.
This incident and countless others in this country and across the globe are a clear result of the climate of vilification of Arabs and Muslims in Canada and around the world promoted, not just by Mr. Trump in the US, but also in Canada by the xenophobic policies of the previous Harper Government and local hate groups.
As we acknowledge Mr. Trudeau and his government’s efforts to deal with Muslims and Arabs as main stream Canadians, and we applaud the Minister of immigration’s decision to offer refugee status to those affected by the recent Trump decision to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
“CAF calls on the governments of Canada and Quebec to take all the necessary steps to stem the tides of Islamophobia and to treat seriously and expeditiously any threats of violence against our communities. Much is needed to reverse the toxic and poisonous atmosphere recent events have created abroad and at home” added Samih Mokbel CAF former Vice President.
About the Canadian Arab Federation:
Established in 1967, the Canadian Arab Federation is a national, non-partisan, non-profit and membership based organization. CAF represents Canadian Arabs on issues relating to public policy.
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