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CAIR-Canada Seeks Probe of Anti-Muslim Posters at University

The Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called on the administration of Ryerson
University and Toronto police to investigate a second hate incident this
summer targeting Muslims at the university.

Reports indicate that flyers were found on bulletin boards at four
locations last week. One of the flyers reportedly said: “The Islamic
infidels have no belonging in Toronto and in the world at all . . . we ask
that whenever you spot a Muslim . . . that you beat them and cause harm to
them. Kill these Islamic infidels.”

Earlier this summer, the multi-faith room at Ryerson University was sprayed
with the words “Die Muslim Die” and Stars of David. A notice found last
week and signed by a group called “Full Blooded Israeli Brigades” claimed
responsibility. The group stated, “…While this may be considered a hate
crime or a despicable act, it is not. We are just getting back at the
Muslim faggot that vandalized Jewish property and wrote anti-Semitic
graffiti. We assure the Muslim students at Ryerson University that we will
continue to send messages and that this incident is only the first of many.
We want to let them know that no
Muslim student will be safe and that security isn’t going to stop us.”

In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

“The latest hate incident at Ryerson University, the second this summer, is
chilling and a cause for great concern to all people of conscience. We are
calling on the Toronto police to treat this crime with the utmost
seriousness and work with all diligence to bring the hate-mongers who
perpetrated it to justice.

“We are also calling on Ryerson University to explain what measures, if
any, have been taken to address this very serious pattern of hate
incidents. Not only do we expect to see a clear, unequivocal message that
such hate crimes will not be tolerated, we need to see concrete action. The
safety of all students should be the university’s highest priority.”

Since September 2001, CAIR-CAN has documented hate-activity against 17
Islamic institutions and mosques, including attempted arson, destruction
and defacement of mosque property, and graffiti threats.

CONTACT: Riad Saloojee at 613-254-9704 or 613-795-2012


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