CAIR-CAN condemns anti-Semitic rhetoric
Friday, January 16, 2009 7:36 pm
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(Ottawa, Canada – January 16, 2009) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today categorically condemned the anti-Semitic language used by protesters at recent rallies against Israel's ongoing assault against Gaza.
In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said:
"While we respect and fully support the democratic right to free speech and legitimate peaceful protest against Israel's military attacks, we strongly condemn the anti-Semitic language used by a small minority of protesters at these rallies," said Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director of CAIR-CAN.
"As Canadian Muslims, we stand firmly and without reservation against all hateful or malicious representations of any ethnic, racial or religious group, and we denounce all acts and statements of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
"The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), whose example must be upheld, taught Muslims to engage in public dialogue and to be kind and gracious to all people – even those with whom they disagree," Gardee added.
According to varying reports the current conflict has left more than 1138 Gazans dead, including 346 children, and more than 5200 injured while also killing some 13 Israelis and injuring more than 50. The majority of the dead and wounded Palestinians have been innocent civilians.*
CONTACT: Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Executive Director, 613-254-9704 or 613-853-4111
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*A correction was made to an earlier version of this release which indicated, incorrectly, that the number of dead and wounded on both sides of the conflict were primarily civilian.
Clarification Message from the Executive Director