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Canada: Community leaders work to head off “anti-Muslim backlash” after terror arrests

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Here we go. It happens every time we see when devout Muslims slaughter, maim and mutilate in the cause of Allah, or plot to do so. No recriminations, no calls to examine the ideological roots of the jihad terror. No, we are told we must eradicate any form of opposition to this savagery. The victims are blamed and the Muslim is declared the victim. The unsuspecting public is accused of “fear of reprisals” and calls to “brace for backlash.”

If the left thinks that the people are going to continue to be victims to this, they are grossly mistaken.

“Community leaders work to head off anti-Muslim backlash as Kingston terror arrests wind up political debate,” by Kathleen Harris and Philip Ling, CBC News, January 25, 2019:

Community leaders are working to calm fears and find ways to prevent an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant backlash in the wake of two arrests related to an alleged terrorist plot in Kingston, Ont. — yet the probe already has touched off a political debate over security screening for refugees.

Islamic community groups, mental health workers and police officers met earlier today to discuss their concerns about the broader community implications after the RCMP’s national security team charged one youth with two terrorism-related offences and arrested an adult male named Hussam Eddin Alzahabi in connection with an alleged plan to detonate explosives at an undisclosed location.

Alzahabi, who was released late today, is originally from Syria and came to Canada with his family in 2017 through a private refugee sponsorship program after living in Kuwait for 10 years.

Bronek Korczynski, who led the family’s sponsorship through Our Lady of Lourdes church, said the community groups that met today will attempt to head off rumours and spread the message that the alleged offences have nothing to do with Islam.

More than 20 organizations were invited to the meeting with RCMP and the Kingston Police Service, including refugee support groups and school boards.

“This is not about casting aspersions on any faith community, on any identifiable ethnic or racial group. This is about an individual or individuals who have been involved in something that was brought to the attention of police,” he told CBC News.

Noting the arrests come near the anniversary of a deadly 2017 mass shooting at a Quebec mosque, Korczynski said police promised they would exercise increased vigilance against a potential backlash. Six Muslim men were shot to death by a lone gunman who walked into a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017.

Mohamed Bayoumi of the Islamic Society of Kingston told CBC there could be an anti-Muslim backlash in the community because of the arrests, and said the group must work to ensure that does not happen

“We have to be very careful not to burden the rest of the community because of the actions, the bad actions, of one of them,” he said.

“We have to be very careful not to exploit this in order to make a political point.”
Addressing immigration concerns

Korczynski said he also fears the arrests and publicity surrounding the alleged terrorism case could spark unnecessary concerns about immigration.

“This certainly doesn’t suggest in any way, shape or form that Canadians shouldn’t remain open to support newcomers, whether they’re immigrants or refugees,” he said.

The backlash fears come as the political debate over immigration heats up again….

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