As a Christian, I find it shocking that the Toronto Sun, owned by Postmedia Network Canada Corporation, would publish an article by its columnist Tarek Fatah that blames Muslim Canadians for the hatred, violence and discrimination they experience in Canada.
By Khaled Mouammar
Published on One Democratic State, June 18, 2021
As a Christian, I find it shocking that the Toronto Sun, owned by Postmedia Network Canada Corporation, would publish an article by its columnist Tarek Fatah that blames Muslim Canadians for the hatred, violence and discrimination they experience in Canada. This parrots the arguments made by European racists a century ago that blamed Jews for the genocide they experienced in Europe.
The article appears to belittle and even justify the murder of four members of a Muslim Canadian family in London and the injury of a ten year old child, and to ignore the prior terrorist attack of January 2019 against a Quebec City mosque that killed six worshippers and seriously injured another five.
More disturbing is that Tarek Fatah’s tweet of his article was then retweeted by Irwin Cotler, Canada’s “special envoy” to combat anti-Semitism and Founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, who constantly conflates criticism of Israel’s racism and crimes with hatred of Jews.
When confronted, Cotler explained that someone retweeted it in his name in error, removed the post and apologized; however he did not provide a convincing explanation how one accidentally retweets something like that.
Cotler’s apology is not sufficient. He must condemn the Toronto Sun and Tarek Fatah for inciting hatred against Muslims. Failure to do so necessitates his removal as Canada’s “special envoy.”
The Canadian government should also investigate the Toronto Sun Editors and Tarek Fatah for inciting hatred against the vulnerable Muslim community.
Khaled Mouammar is a Christian Palestinian Canadian who was forced to flee his hometown Nazareth in 1948. He is one of the founders of the Canadian Arab Federation and a former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. He received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award from the Governor General of Canada in 1977.