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CAIR-CAN Condemns Attack on Jewish Community Center


(OTTAWA, CANADA – April 4, 2007) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today condemned the attack at Ben Weider Jewish Community Centre in Montreal. A small object exploded outside the building at 11 p.m. Tuesday night. No one was injured, but several employees were startled.

“We are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact police and assist with their investigation,” said Sarah Elgazzar, CAIR-CAN’s Montreal Coordinator.

“Criminal attacks against religious and community institutions do nothing but create tension in our neighbourhoods and cities.

“It’s critical that public authorities and elected officials act responsibly to ensure all are allowed freedom of belief – as enshrined in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms – and that criminals and bigots do not erode that value,” said Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN’s Executive Director.

In a similar incident on January 16, Les Jeunes Musulmans Canadiens, a Montreal Muslim school, had 17 of its windows smashed and 20 doors broken. No charges were ever laid in the case, nor was the matter investigated by Montreal Police as a hate crime.

Also in 2004, a fire destroyed the library at the Talmud Torah Jewish School in Montreal. Two men were charged in connection to the crime.

For more information see:
CBC: Crude Bomb Targets Montreal Jewish Community Centre

CAIR-CAN Urges Bias Probe of Muslim School Vandalism

CONTACT: Sarah Elgazzar, CAIR-CAN spokeswoman at 514-776-6566; Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator at 613-795-2012; or Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN Executive Director at 613-254-0004 or 613-853-4111


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