(OTTAWA, CANADA – 5/10/05) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called on Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew to censure Israeli Consul General Ya’acov Brosh for his comments at the recent Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding, held at the Temple Har Zion Synagogue in Toronto.
Mr. Brosh stated that most terrorists today are Muslims and that the majority of Muslims support extremism. Mr. Brosh noted that one of the most popular names in the Muslim world is “Osama.”
The event was organized by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.
In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said:
“The comments made by Israeli Consul General Ya’acov Brosh fosters hate and bigotry against Canadian Muslims.
“Mr. Brosh’s comments, made as they were by an Israeli official in Canada, cannot be allowed to stand without a response from the Canadian government.
“We are calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew to censure Mr. Brosh and indicate to him such Islamophobia will not be tolerated in Canada.”
In December of last year, CAIR-CAN called on the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center to publicly condemn Islamophobic comments made by an invited keynote speaker at a conference sponsored by the group and held at the University of Toronto.
At that event, the speaker stated that “Islamic terrorism is based on Islam,” and that Islam was “immoderate” and “totalitarian.”
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