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CAIR Joins NCCM Call for Canadian Authorities to Probe White Supremacist Links to Killing of Mohamed-Aslam Zafis Outside Toronto Mosque

(WASHINGTON, DC., 9/23/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) in calling on that nation’s authorities to investigate the white supremacist networks reportedly linked to the alleged killer of Mohamed-Aslam Zafis outside a west-end Toronto mosque.    

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network discovered that the suspect, 34-year-old Guilherme “William” von Neutegem followed a number of white supremacist accounts on Twitter. They also discovered his other social media profiles which included language that indicated he was well-versed in Nazi ideology.   

SEE“Suspect in fatal stabbing at Toronto mosque connected to white supremacist group, expert says”  

“We are witnessing the rise in lethal rhetoric espoused by white supremacist and white nationalist groups. There is a growing network of right-wing groups that are targeting Muslims and their places of worship,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Authorities everywhere must take the threat of white supremacy seriously if we want to protect our religious liberty and save the lives of individuals who are targeted by racism and Islamophobia.”  

In January of 2017, CAIR condemned the terror attack on a Quebec mosque that killed six worshippers and wounded 17 others. The perpetrator expressed right-wing views online about Muslims and denigrated refugees.   

Similarly, in 2019 CAIR condemned the Christchurch shootings that killed 51 Muslims during Friday prayer. The perpetrator was also a white nationalist who expressed anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant views in his 74-page manifesto, and stoked fear about the “great replacement.”  

SEE“CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on Canadian Mosque, urges U.S. Muslims to Take Security Measures “  

CAIR Condemns Terror attack on New Zealand Mosques, Urges Stepped-Up Security by Muslim Communities in U.S., Worldwide    

Hate Crimes against Muslims in Canada grew 253% from 2012-2015. In 2017, police reported general hate crimes shot up by 50% in 2017 reaching an all-time high. CAIR chapters across the country also recorded a total of 10,015 anti-Muslim bias incidents from 2014-2019.   

SEE: “Islamophobia and hate crimes continue to rise in Canada

SEE: “The Bias Brief: Trump’s Impact on Anti-Muslim Bias”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,