CAIR-CAN Calls for Action Against Islamophobic Attacks
(OTTAWA, CANADA – 03/14/06) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called on the Toronto police and the administrations of two Toronto universities to take strong action against a rise in hateful incidents against Muslim students.
According to the campus newspaper at the University of Toronto, female Muslim students wearing the hijab, the Islamic headscarf, have recently been subjected to hateful comments, pushed and even pelted with eggs on the university’s campus. To read more about the incidents, please see: http://caircan.ca/mw_more.php?id=2382_0_7_0_M
In a separate incident, CAIR-CAN has received complaints that flyers containing an article promoting Islamophobia alongside an offensive cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad have been distributed at York University.
In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said:
“We are greatly alarmed to hear of this rise in Islamophobic incidents on university campuses in Toronto. These incidents have left Muslim students fearful, especially Muslim women wearing the hijab who are more likely to be targeted for acts of hate.
“We call on the administrations of York University and the University of
Toronto to take swift action against the spread of hate on their campuses, and we urge them to work with the Toronto police in apprehending the perpetrators of these acts.”
For more information, please contact Halima Mautbur at 613-254-9704 or 613-795-2012.