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CAIR-CAN: Hate Graffiti Should Prompt Dialogue


(Ottawa, Canada – April 12, 2007) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today stated that the act of anti-Muslim hate targeting a McMaster University professor should prompt citizens to increase intercommunal dialogue and renounce Islamophobia.

The call comes after hate graffiti appeared on the door of Professor Muriel Walker, organizer of last week’s Wear My Hijab day at McMaster. The incident is being investigated by Hamilton police as a hate crime.

SEE: Hate Graffiti Targets McMaster Professor (Toronto Star)

In a statement, CAIR-CAN Executive Director Karl Nickner said:

“Last week’s effort to promote interfaith harmony at McMaster University was a positive initiative, however, the hate graffiti found on Professor Walker’s door shows more is needed to end discrimination and racism.

“It is only though frequent interaction with neighbours, coworkers and classmates of varying backgrounds that understanding and awareness of minorities, including Muslims, will increase.”

A recent poll on Canadian Muslims by Environics strongly suggests that attitudes towards minorities improve the more Canadians make contact with them. The poll showed when compared to other minority groups, Canadians have the least contact with Muslims at 46 percent.

CAIR-CAN is asking anyone with information into the anti-Islam incident at McMaster University to contact Hamilton Police in their investigation.

CONTACT: Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator at 613-795-2012; Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN Executive Director at 613-254-9704 or 613-853-4111.


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