(Ottawa, Canada – January 4th, 2010) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) condemns today’s act of vandalism, the fire-bombing of The Hamilton Mosque, in which one of the mosque’s windows was smashed and a bottle with flammable material was either thrown or placed inside the window. CAIR-CAN calls on the Hamilton Police to ensure that this incident is investigated swiftly and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said:
“An attack on any place of worship is deeply offensive and hurtful. Islam promotes social justice, peaceful relations and understanding with our neighbours – both Muslims and non-Muslims. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the small fire caused only minor damage, but the scale of damage that might have resulted from such an attack is alarming,” said Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Executive Director.
“CAIR-CAN is encouraged by reports that Hamilton police hate crime investigators have been called. Our organization calls on politicians and security officials in Hamilton to demonstrate leadership by standing firm against all forms of hate, racism and xenophobia. Such cowardly acts of vandalism, regardless of their scope, represent not only an attempt to cause physical damage but an attempt to divide communities by targeting visible and vulnerable minorities.”
“While deeply disturbing, CAIR-CAN does not believe that such incidents represent the sentiments of the vast majority of Canadians, which is why we ask our fellow citizens of conscience to join us in condemning this regrettable act.”
“We also urge mosque leaders and officials to remain vigilant and to immediately report suspicious behaviour to CAIR-CAN and the proper authorities, in order to establish a clear record of such incidents.”
SEE: Hamilton Mosque Firebombed
CAIR-CAN is a national, non-profit, grassroots organization striving to be a leading voice that enriches Canadian society through Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.
CONTACT: Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Executive Director, 613.254.9704; 613.853.4111