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Canadian Government Must Protect Arab and West
Asian Citizens from Hate Crimes
By Khaled Mouammar
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 13, 2011
The Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) views with concern the report issued
by Statistics Canada on June 7 showing that racially-motivated hate crimes
against Arab and West Asian Canadians have risen by 100 percent in 2009. CAF
believes that the real figure is much higher because many incidents are not
reported to police by these two vulnerable communities composed mostly of
CAF finds it regrettable that a statement issued
on June 8 by Jason Kenney Minister of Citizenhsip and Immigration,
expressing concern about the increase in the number of hate crimes reported
in Canada in 2009, referred to some of the findings of the StatsCan report
but failed to mention that the greatest increase in incidents targeted Arab
and West Asian Canadians.
CAF believes that certain
government policies and the government’s failure to confront hatred directed
against Arab and West Asian Canadians in public discourse, in print media
and social media have been responsible for the dramatic rise in hate crime
incidents targeting Arab and West Asian Canadians.
Canadian government's misguided fear of its Muslim population can be seen in
the rendition and torture of Canadian Maher Arar, as well as three other
Muslim Canadians, all of whom were tortured, only to be found innocent; in
the detention of five Muslim men for a total of 25 years under the
controversial security certificates, without ever being charged with a
crime, and the fact that 2 of these security certificates have so far been
quashed by the courts; and in the refusal to lend a helping hand to 2 Muslim
Canadians stranded overseas.
While the Canadian government
prohibited former British MP George Galloway from entering Canada in 2009
because of his support for Palestinain rights, they allowed Dutch politican
Geert Wilders to be hosted last month at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa
which receives half of its funding from the federal govenrment. Mr. Wilders
promotes hatred against Islam and Muslims and calls for not accepting any
more Muslim immigrants.
CAF calls upon the Canadian
government to abandon its past misguided policies affecting vulnerable
segments of its population; to take immediate and concrete measures to
protect its Arab and West Asian citizens from hate crimes; and to send a
clear message to hatemongers that it will not tolerate bigotry and racism
against its citizens due to their race, religion or colour.
CAF National President
Canadian Arab Federation
La Fédération Canado-Arabe
Established in 1967, the Canadian Arab Federation is a national,
non-partisan, non profit and membership-based organization. CAF represents
Canadian Arabs on issues relating to public policy.