FSWC Condemns Mosque Shooting in Quebec

January 30, 2017

Media Release

January 30, 2017: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) condemns the horrific shooting and murder of innocent people at a Quebec mosque, and demands justice for the victims and their families.

“This tragic act of terror must be a wake-up call for all Canadians to recognize where hate and intolerance can lead,” said FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo. “The pursuit of justice includes strengthening our laws against hate speech, and hateful acts – such as leaving a pig’s head outside a mosque - intended to intimidate and threaten individuals and communities.”

To this end FSWC repeats its previously stated call for all levels of government and law enforcement to exhibit a greater willingness to prosecute hate speech than has been demonstrated in the past, and to put policies and procedures in place to reduce incidents of hate in our country.

Media Contact
Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32 / sstarkman@fswc.ca

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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at www.fswc.ca
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