Muslims urged to write to university student council
Thursday, February 05, 2004 4:57 pm
(Ottawa, Canada - 5/2/2004)- The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada (CAIR-CAN) is calling on Muslims to write to the University of Western Ontario Student Council before its February 10th hearing on the actions of The Israel Action Committee (IAC), a student club. The IAC recently handed out a hateful and malicious flyer that showed a picture of the burning World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 while clearly attributing the terrorist act to all Muslims and to Islam as a religion.
See flyer at:
The material was handed out on campus, with the effect of portraying Islam and Muslims as inherently violent and oppressive, thereby creating fear and hate. CAIR-CAN has contacted local police to investigate the incident as a hate-crime, and has called on the UWO Student Council to censure the IAC.
On February 10, 2004, the University Students' Council will hold a hearing regarding the actions of the IAC. The Council will take into account written opinions of the flyer in making a decision.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (Be polite, but firm):
1. CONTACT Rohan Belliapa (VP-Finance - USC):
A. Expressing outrage at the hateful flyer.
B. Demanding that the university uphold its commitment to providing a harassment-free learning environment that does not tolerate the expression of such hateful stereotypes.
C. Demanding that the Israel Action Committee is strictly censured for its anti-Muslim conduct.
Tel: (519) 661-3574 x83574
2. Send a copy of your letter to Jennifer Schroeder (Director of Equity
Services) and UWO President and Vice-Chancellor Paul Davenport:
Director of Equity Services
Tel: (519) 661-3883 x83883
President and Vice-Chancellor
Tel: (519) 661-3106 x83106
3. COPY CAIR-CAN - firstname.lastname@example.org - on all correspondence.