Islamophobia Is Now A Canadian Concern

 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/samer-majzoub/islamophobia-canadian-concern_b_12533736.html

*Samer Majzoub, E-411 petition initiator. 

The notion of discrimination has been the plague of humanity since forever. People have been targeted and persecuted for their skin colour, religious affiliation, race, nationality and others attributes. History is full of bloody periods where men, women and children have been exposed to violent hostility and deadly means for no reason besides their unique identities which their aggressors have used as pretext for crimes and atrocities inflicted upon them.

In the present days, at the time where the human civilization declares its superiority, new forms of hatred and bigotry have come to light. Modern stereotyping and what is considered to be the old fanatic stereotyping share many parallels, one of which is that both are discriminatory towards groups of people due to attributes of their identity, race, convictions and cultural background. The “new concept” of discrimination has been demonstrated under various titles, such as racial profiling, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

In 2010, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) had led a community delegation to the House of Commons in Ottawa Hill. The objective of that parliamentary day was to create awareness and shed more light to the legislators over the notion of Islamophobia and the very troubling sharp increase in reported incidents that were related to this issue. Statistics and points of discussions were presented. Concerns over the moral and physical violent incidents against Canadians because of their visible religious identity had been some of the focus points brought up during the trip to Parliament that day.

As the years have passed, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), community organizations, activists, human rights groups, some public figures, intellectuals, elected officials and others have kept their worries very well exposed over the intensification of Islamophobia in the country.

Media statements, seminars and lectures, raising the subject matter to elected officials and creating awareness amongst the communities and the general public have all been means used to demonstrate the danger of letting hatred and intolerance prevail, which would lead to a toxic environment by bringing up friction within the society and creating fear in the hearts and minds of young Canadians who have been victims of verbal and physical aggressions by bigots and hatemongers.

In early 2015, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), in a press conference held in Montreal, voiced citizens’ frustrations and denunciations over using the Muslim community as a political football by certain politicians in hopes of gaining more votes during election periods. Furthermore, there were notes over the role of a few media outlets in inflaming Islamophobia during these times.

As hate speech moves from being a phenomenon to a social disease, some politicians, public figures and other media outlets joined in on the warnings expressed previously that Islamophobia has to be stopped, rejected and deplored. On Oct 1, 2015, Quebec’s National Assembly came together to condemn Islamophobia. Furthermore, more declarations started to be heard from various sides, whether from the governmental ruling side or the opposition side, all joining together to warn against the looming upsurge of hate speech.

The tackling of Islamophobia as a Canadian issue took another step ahead on the ladder of interest in the country. On June 8, 2016, a petition had been initiated by myself and sponsored by Frank Baylis, federal Liberal MP of Pierrefonds-DDO, calling on the House of Commons to condemn all forms of Islamophobia in Canada. The petition known by e-411 collected close to 70,000 signatures, making it the most signed online petition in the history of the House of Commons. Canadians from coast to coast showed their support for the request that the petition carried to denounce discrimination against Muslim citizens.

Based on the solid support that the petition e-411 got from Canadians, a motion to condemn all forms of Islamophobia was submitted, on Oct 5, 2016, to the House of Commons for unanimous approval by all MPs. Although the unanimous motion didn’t pass through due to the refusal of a small group of Conservative representatives out of the 338 members in the House of Commons, the fact that it earned the consent of the vast majority of other legislators proves that the Islamophobia is becoming a true Canadian concern.

Surely, the trip to recognize and to condemn discrimination, as it is a total contradiction to Canadian values, has not come to an end yet. Canadians from all stripes of social, political, racial and religious backgrounds are coming together at a much faster pace to stand united up to hate and smear campaigns against their fellow citizens.

L’islamophobie est maintenant une préoccupation canadienne/ Islamophobia is now a Canadian preoccupation.

 

 

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Montréal, le 07 Octobre 2016 -Le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF) considère que la présentation de la motion pour condamner l’islamophobie à la Chambre des communes le 5 octobre 2016 est une réflexion, de profonde signifiance, étendue sur un Canada qui rejette toutes sortes de discrimination.

“Il était scandaleux et triste d’assister à certains députés conservateurs qui ont  bloqué l’adoption unanime de la motion présentée visant à dénoncer l’islamophobie. Cependant, voir toutefois les autres partis politiques soutenir l’initiative du NPD à condamner les préjugés et l’intolérance au Canada est un indice positif que les législateurs du pays réalisent que l’islamophobie est un vrai fléau de société et une menace des valeurs humaines et canadiennes. », a déclaré M. Samer Majzoub, président du (FMC-CMF).

M. Majzoub a ajouté: « dans un moment important témoignant l’unité, à la fois du parti libéral et du NPD, les deux partis ont ouvertement exprimé leur profonde déception quant à l’opposition des conservateurs de fournir le consentement unanime d’une motion visant à dénoncer les discours de haine et le profilage des citoyens à cause de leurs origines culturelles et religieuses. »

FMC-CMF valorise la présentation de la motion condamnant l’islamophobie au sein du parlement du Canada et applaudit les positions positives d’appui des élus du PLC, du NPD et du Bloc québécois.

FMC-CMF appelle le parti conservateur fédéral, qui par son refus d’appuyer la motion encourage la discrimination et les enflamme préjugés,  à se lever contre les stéréotypes et à faire preuve d’appui aux valeurs d’inclusion, d’égalité et de liberté de choix.

« Toujours ensemble pour soutenir tout mouvement qui fait appel à dénoncer toutes formes d’islamophobie dans le pays » a dit Samer Majzoub, président du Forum musulman canadien et instigateur de la pétition électronique e411 qui a récolté 70 707 signatures depuis les quatre derniers mois.

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Contact:

Samah Jebbari: 514 886 8414

Kathy Malas : 514 594 1402

English:

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Montreal, Oct 7, 2016- The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) considers the presentation of the anti-Islamophobia motion in the House of Commons on the 5th of Oct as a reflection, to a larger extent, of Canada’s rejection of discrimination.

“It was outrageous and sad to witness some Conservatives MPs blocking the unanimous anti-Islamophobia motion to pass in Parliament. However, the fact that the other political parties supported this valued move by the NDP to condemn prejudice and bigotry in Canada is an optimistic indication of the country’s legislators’ concerns that Islamophobia is a threat to the society and a total contradiction to human rights and Canadian values,” stated Mr. Samer Majzoub, FMC-CMF president.

Mr Majzoub added, “In a show of unity, both the federal Liberal ruling party and the NDP have openly expressed their profound disappointment over the Conservative’s refusal to endorse a motion that aimed to denounce hate speech and the targeting of citizens based on their religious and cultural backgrounds.”

The FMC-CMF values the submission of the anti-Islamophobia motion in the Parliament and applauds the positive stances it received from the other representatives of PLC, NDP and the Bloc Quebecois.

The FMC-CMF calls on the Conservative federal party to show its support to stand up against stereotyping and discrimination, and to support what Canada is all about: defending the inclusion, equality and freedom of choice by backing calls to denounce all forms of Islamophobia in the country.

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Contact:

Samer Majzoub: 514 884 0852

La pétition e-411 pour condamner l’slamophobie est signée par des milliers/The anti-Islamaphobia petition, e-411, was signed by thousands.

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Montréal, le 07 Octobre 2016 -Le (FMC-CMF) félicite les dizaines de milliers de Canadiens, à travers tout le pays, pour leur soutien de la pétition déposée à la Chambre des communes pour dénoncer la discrimination, l’intolérance et le discours de haine.

«Je suis ravi d’avoir des signataires canadiens de diverses communautés pour soutenir la pétition condamnant l’islamophobie. Cet appui solide, qu’a eu la pétition e411, est un message fort à nos élus et représentants à la Chambre des communes pour se positionner tous contre toutes sortes de préjugés et de haine que peuvent subir les canadiens », a déclaré M. Samer Majzoub, président du Forum musulmsn canadien (fmc-cmf) et instigateur de la pétition e411.

M. Majzoub a annoncé : “le (FMC-CMF) et moi tenons à remercier ardemment les bénévoles, les dirigeants communautaires et les militants civils pour le travail inlassable qu’ils ont montré pour la promotion de la pétition e411 pour condamner l’islamophobie partout au Canada », et a ajouté : « nous offrons nos sincères appréciations à M. Frank Baylis, le député fédéral de Pierrefonds-Dollard, qui a parrainé la pétition et a rejoint tous les efforts contribuant ainsi à la réussite du projet ».

M. Frank Baylis a commenté à son tour lors de la clôture de la pétition : «Je suis tellement heureux de voir à quel point les Canadiens ont répondu à cette pétition. Nous vivons dans un grand pays ”

CMF-FMC appelle tous les élus fédéraux de tous les partis politiques représentés à la Chambre des communes de répondre aux attentes des Canadiens, de protéger la dignité de tous les citoyens, d’être inclusifs, et de promouvoir les valeurs canadiennes en prenant une position claire contre toutes sortes de xénophobie et d’adopter la motion pour condamner toutes les formes de discrimination et d’islamophobie.

Contact :

Samah Jebbari : 514 886 8414

Kathy Malas : 514 594 1402

English :

Montreal, Oct 7, 2016 – The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) congratulates the tens of thousands of Canadians, from coast to coast, for their support of the petition requesting from the House of Commons to denounce discrimination, bigotry and hate speech.

“I do express my gratefulness for having Canadians from various communities sign the anti-Islamophobia petition. The solid support that petition got sends a strong message to our representatives at the Ottawa Hill to stand up against any sort of prejudice and hatred in Canada,” stated Mr. Samer Majzoub, FMC-CMF president and initiator of e-411 petition.

Mr. Majzoub added, “FMC-CMF and I would also like to whole-heartedly thank all the volunteers, community leaders, and activists for their tireless work toward promoting the e-411 petition all over Canada. Special appreciation goes to Mr. Frank Baylis, the Federal MP of Pirrefonds-Dollar, for sponsoring the petition and joining the effort to make it a successful project”.

Mr. Frank Baylis commented during at the closing hours of the petition, “I am so happy to see how Canadians responded to this petition. We live in a great country.”

CMF-FMC calls on all Federal political parties represented in the House of Commons to measure up to the expectations of all Canadians: to protect the dignity of all citizens, to be inclusive, to carry true Canadian values by taking a solid stance against all forms of xenophobia, and to adopt an attitude that condemns all forms of Islamophobia .

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Contact :

Samer Majzoub : 514 884 0852

CJAD Interview: Samer Majzoub reacts to Jean-Francois Lisee’s comments on banning of dress code.

 

 

 

 

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Barry Morgan Show on CJAD. Interview: Jean-Francois Lisee’s comments on banning of dress code.

GUEST: Samer Majzoub, president Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF).

Barry Morgan of CJAD interviewing Samer Majzoub for the proposed burkini ban in Quebec

 

“Burkini”ban in Quebec: Samer Majzoub interview on CJAD by Aaron Rand.

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The president of the FMC-CMF interviewed by Aaron Rand on CJAD over suggestions to ban women from swim suite known by “burkini”.

Tweet on alleged anti-Muslim rhetoric online by Hamilton Police officer

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FMC-CMF calls on Hamilton police for quick & transparent investigation over alleged islamophobic rhetoric online.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-police-online-activity-1.3684456

Le FMC-CMF condamne fermement l’attentat à Nice-France/FMC-CMF strongly condemns the attack in Nice, France.

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Montréal,le 17 juillet 2016-  Le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF) condamne fermement l’attaque sanglante à Nice en France et reçoit avec consternation, colère et tristesse la nouvelle.

« Nous dénonçons vivement l’attaque  brutale des innocents, incluant des enfants, lors d’une célébration importante du peuple français », affirme Samer Majzoub, président du FMC. « Les multiples actes violent  en France et à travers le monde nous consternent et l’escalade de l’horreur nous choque! », ajoute M Majzoub.

“Nos pensées sont pour les victimes de Nice et leurs familles “, poursuit  M. Majzoub.

La tuerie d’innocentes victimes est catégoriquement condamnable.

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Contact

Samah Jebbari: 514-886-8414

Kathy Malas: 514-594-1402

 

English:

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Montreal, July 17, 2016- The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) strongly condemns and receives with dismay, anger and sadness the bloody attack in Nice, France.

“We strongly condemn the brutal killing of innocent victims, including children, during a major celebration of the French people,” says Samer Majzoub, president of FMC. “The multiple violent acts in France and worldwide dismay and shock us!”adds Majzoub.

We offer our prayers and we share the pain of the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives. The death of innocent victims is categorically wrong.

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Contact

Samer Majzoub: 514-884-0852

 

FMC-CMF Ramadan Iftar 2016

 

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En une ambiance de sérénité, nous vous invitons à partager des bons moments avec nous, à l’iftar bénéfice du FMC.

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FMC-CMF invites you to the FMC-CMF Ramadan Iftar 2016.
Program : Fundraising Iftar
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