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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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12 comments

  1. Radical Muslim will use any incident to further their cause.
    They will cry and scream and force their agenda by making a lot of noise.
    To shut them up leaders tend to apply the policy of appeasement , it’s weak and pathetic.

  2. That’s nothing new. They are unfortunately the worst of most religions into days world

  3. A “phobia” denotes an irrational fear. There’s nothing irrational about fearing those who follow Islam. You never know what’s up their sleeve…literally.

  4. The problem is, IF a person of faith lives by that faith 100% as in the case of Islam they will do as commanded which is to covert, subdue or kill non believers.
    I suspect there are many who do not follow the teachings 100% just as many others of other faiths.

  5. He is an Islamist, part of the problem..

  6. “Islamophobia is the new anti-Semitism” (thank you , that is so true ! ..hate lives on and on , one day there will be an end to all evil.

  7. I’d need considerable convincing before I’d buy into that narrative.Next time someone cries “Islamophobia” respond with. ‘But (why) is there islamophobia’? You’ll get the usual name calling but, then afterwards you can go through a long list of reasons as to (why) islamophobia exists at which point then ask them to provide any credible and (honest) fact based data that proves that (they)moslems are sincerely doing anything effective to reform or correct these reasons.Constant repetition of a mantra or catch phrase doesn’t validate your argument.

  8. The old anti-Semitism never really went away and there’s plenty enough new anti-Semitism to warrant reserving the term for anti-Semites. Pur laine thinking pre-dates Trump and Harper by years. This guy is just trying to further polarize CDN politics while the party most sympathetic to his cause is in power.

  9. Heads will be rolling…oh wait…

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