Muslim leader accuses Cdn publisher of hate crime
Updated Tue. Feb. 14 2006 11:30 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
The national leader of the Canadian Islamic Congress [Mohamed Elmasry] wants an Alberta-based magazine charged with distributing hate literature after it published controversial caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
He said the cartoons propagate a negative stereotype of Muslims, and the decision to publish them goes against the will of the Canadian people and "actually affects the well being of minorities in this country."
Elmasry also said the Muslim people have been unfairly targeted, and said he believes the magazine would have acted differently if the cartoons were anti-Semitic.Muslim leader accuses Cdn publisher of hate crime
Appearing on an October 19 panel discussion on The Michael Coren Show -- on the topic "What is a terrorist?" -- CIC president Mohamed Elmasry was asked whether any Israeli over the age of 18 is a valid target of Palestinian attacks. Elmasry replied: "Anybody above 18 is part of the army." Host Michael Coren offered Elmasry an opportunity to clarify, asking: "Anyone in Israel, irrespective of gender, over the age of 18 is a valid target?" "Yes, I would say," Elmasry responded.
A professor of engineering and an occasional contributor to the Globe and Mail and other newspapers, Elmasry reiterated his position to the Globe and Mail, stating: "Israel has a people's army and a draft and therefore they should be considered legitimate targets. They are part of the occupying power, and Palestinians consider them targets for suicide bombers as well as other means." Elmasry has since said that he regrets "that my comments were misunderstood and, as a result, caused offence."
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