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Haroon Siddiqui: “Islamophobia is the new anti-Semitism”

In an op-ed in the Toronto Star (February 12, 2017) entitled “A manual for combating Trumpism in Canada”, Haroon Siddiqui, an editorial page editor emeritus of the Star and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, argues that “the Jan. 29 massacre in a Quebec City mosque did not happen in a vacuum.”

On the evening of January 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old student at Laval University, entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec and opened fire with a rifle, killing 6 men and wounding 19 others as they prayed.

Siddiqui claimed that “Quebec nationalists and federal Conservatives” share the responsibility for creating the atmosphere that lead to the mass murder by “stigmatizing Muslims and stoking public fear of Muslims.”

“Jason Kenney, Kellie Leitch and Chris Alexander may have been the spear-carriers for Stephen Harper’s cultural war on Muslims. But Rona Ambrose, interim Conservative leader, and many on her front bench in the House of Commons are equally guilty of having introduced Trumpism in Canada long before Trump mainstreamed it in the U.S.,” wrote Siddiqui.

He added: “Like Trump, the Harperites conflated Muslim terrorists with all Muslims. They falsely accused mosques of fomenting jihad and undermined legitimate mainstream Muslim organizations by boycotting them or libelling them with unsubstantiated charges of Islamic militancy.”

Siddiqui also accused Jean-François Lisée, leader of the Parti Québécois, of “playing identity politics in the National Assembly.”

“Islamophobia is the new anti-Semitism,” concluded Siddiqui. “It is in our enlightened self-interest to keep Canada as the only G7 nation that values diversity; maintains national consensus on relatively high levels of non-discriminatory immigration; and has an enviable record of integrating newcomers.”

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