Samer Majzoub of the FMC-CMF with Barry Morgan on CJAD.
Islamaphobia following shooting in Calgary and Pepper Spraying in BC. GUEST: Samer Mazjoub – Chairman of the Canadian Muslim Forum
Canadian Muslim Forum president Samer Majzoub says it’s heart-breaking to see people who have ‘fled tyranny’ be mistreated here.
The attack has been labelled an act Islamophobia by Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum.
“What could this be, beside hatred or racism?” Majzoub said on CTV’s News Channel Saturday.
Unfortunately, attacks on Canadian Muslims are “not something new to the Canadian Muslim community,” Majzoub said, pointing to reports of hijab-wearing women being attacked in public places.
Majzoub repeated the prime minister’s message that the Vancouver attack “does not in any way reflect who we are as Canadians.”
The concept of radicalism that leads to violence through history has always, similar to all other philosophical doctrines, sought to justify its movement based on mainly social, economical and political reasoning.
“Religions” have been, in recent times, added to the catalogue that violent radicals use to legitimize their acts, and as mean of delivering their objections to what they consider “injustice.” This addition of “religious” reasoning to violent operations has made the subject much more sensitive, confusing and complicated.
For members of Quebec’s Muslim communities, the debate over the Syrian refugees highlights the distrust of them they say has been deepening for years.
“We don’t ask for the security to be compromised, but to associate (terrorism) with the Syrian refugees is so much injustice,” said Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum in Montreal, which advocates for Muslim interests across Canada.
He said that Quebec appeared to have a higher level of distrust of its Muslims than other Canadian provinces, something he attributed to Quebec’s efforts to retain a distinct French culture in a mostly English-speaking country. Quebec has attempted to separate from the rest of Canada twice since 1980, arguing its laws, language and culture are unique.
“There is no doubt that the sentiment (of Islamophobia) here is felt much higher,” he said.
13 Nov 2015, Montréal.
Nous condamnons fermement les terribles attentats qui ont causé la mort atroce et terrible d’innocentes victimes.
Nous offrons nos prières et nous partageons la douleur des familles et amis des victimes qui ont perdu la vie.
Le sang versé en France s’ajoute à celui des femmes, des hommes et des enfants victimes de violence en Syrie, au Liban, en Irak, en Palestine, en Birmanie, au Mali et dans d’autres pays du monde.
Nous sommes témoins de ces crimes contre l’humanité, résultats misèrables de la guerre, de la destruction, de l’occupation et de l’injustice.
La mort d’innocentes victimes est catégoriquement condamnable, peut-importe le pays.
Samah Jebbari : 514 886 8414
Kathy Malas : 514 594 1402
Nov 13 2015, Montreal.
Our strong condemnation over the innocents killed in these terrible attacks.
We share the sorrow and the prayers with the parents and the friends of those who have lost their lives.
The blood spilled in France adds up to those women, men, and children that have been victims of violence in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Burma, Mali and other places in the world.
We end up witnessing crimes against humanity, the misery results of war, destruction, occupation and injustice.
Samer Majzoub, 514 884 0852
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The call for the 42nd Federal Canadian election was issued by the Governor General David Johnston on August 4. The subsequent campaign spanned 78 days from the dissolution of Parliament to the election, one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history. This was also the first time since the 1930 election when a Canadian Prime Minister tried to win a 4th consecutive term in power.
The main parties’ standings at dissolution of the 41st Parliament was 159 seats for the Conservatives, 95 for the NDP, 36 for the Liberals and 2 for the BQ. From the early stages of the election campaign, it was clear that it would be a hard-fought election due to what was considered a 3-way race between the three main federal parties, CPC, PLC and NDP. The NDP, being a front-runner, gave this particular election more enthusiasm as historically the Conservatives and Liberals have always ruled the country.
As the elections campaign persisted, polls were clearly showing that Canadians wanted change after almost a decade of Conservatives rule. In spite of the conservatives’ extensive elections media campaign presenting Mr. Stephan Harper as the best leader for the country, by early September, surveys of Canadians had shown the contrary: they were looking for a new PM. All indications were obviously directing towards a new resident at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, the nations’ capital, on Oct 19.
The three main competing parties, CPC, PLC and the NDP put up strong media campaigns targeting voters with their political platforms. The parties’ leaders wasted no time to present their arguments and points of views over various subjects and topics. This continued until Sept 15 when a Federal Court of Appeal panel dismissed a government appeal over a ban on face coverings at citizenship ceremonies in what amounts to a major policy rebuke of the Harper government. At this point, the election campaign witnessed a sharp spin towards what has been considered by many as ugly and horrible conducts by the Conservatives adopting a very divisive approach and rhetoric in hopes of winning the election.
The Conservative era in the last decade has been overshadowed by controversial policies in many aspects, but mainly by human rights violations under security excuses. The Conservative government ended its ruling period with the very contentious bill C51 and bill C24. Both bills have been considered “ as an attack on constitutional freedoms and an “extraordinary inversion” of the role of judges” and “a two-tiered system in which naturalized Canadians are treated as second-class” .
The election rhetoric based on fear-mongering against women who wear the niqab took over air waves, campaigns, interviews and polls. The campaign turned women’s safety and rights into a political game that distracts from the realities and significant concerns of Canadians. Muslims and Arabs have been problematized as not only a security problem, but as a socio-cultural problem in Canada. The Conservatives thinking they will win more votes from the niqab controversy, sank deeper into their conflict-ridden political campaigns. What made such negative policy bitter is the fact it was run by the prime minister of the country whose main role is to unite Canadians and protect women’s rights.
Muslim Canadians felt and without prior notice that they have been used as a political football for election purposes. The majority of Canadians started to believe that the Muslim community is being used to capitalize on misconceptions and to create fear in the hearts and minds of fellow citizens. As a result, in the midst of the elections movement the xenophobic and Islamophobic sentiments hit a peak and the expected constructive political debates during campaigns turned to be theaters where Islamophobia became a free-for-all scene.
As the election campaign came to its last session, it became clear that the niqab debate that was initiated to the advantage of the Conservatives had back fired. Mr. Harper relied on polls he ordered himself and bet big time on the niqab debate and lost. Canada is a great country by all means. It can’t accept bigotry, hatred and discrimination. Canadians, on Oct 19 2015, made it clear and loud: yes to inclusion no to exclusion. The majority of Canadians chose the Federal political parties that have championed Canadian values of unity, harmony, equality and freedom of choice to represent them in the House of Commons. The election results will send a strong message to those politicians who have pursued campaigns of hate, prejudice, Islamophobia, fear and division amongst Canadians that they have harvested what they have planted, loss and defeat.
Samer Majzoub, Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal ; President of Human right’s advocacy group ; Recipient of many recognition awards.