Islamophobia phenomenon in Quebec politics!

DSC_5530 resized*Samer Majzoub, Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), president.

Muslim Quebecers have become victims of an increasingly dangerous Islamophobic environment. Since the establishment of the Commission on Reasonable Accommodation in 2007 followed by Bill 94 tabled by the PLQ in 2010, than bill 60 (charter of values) presented by the Parti Quebecois in 2013, the planned PLQ programs and measures to fight what is called “religious radicalism” in 2015 and finally the promised new charter of Quebec values to be presented by the provincial government during its current mandate ending in 2018. Running contenders from different political parties in addition to existing elected officials do not hide their intentions to join their peers in either introducing or supporting regulations that target Muslims’ culture under diffident labels and excuses.

The motto that secular Quebec is in opposition to all religious beliefs due to its history of social clash with the church is not quite correct in this context.  While it’s an open highway for media outlets, politicians and others to offend, insult and attack the Muslim Quebec community by degrading its public figures, religious rituals, and tainting its institutions with shrouds of rumours, these smear and hatred campaigns are rarely targeting other citizens’ groups and cultures within the society. This fact brings the bitter reality that Muslim Quebecers have been under tremendous pressure with the evident lack of political will to stop the moral onslaught against noticeable segments of Quebec society.

The continuing violation of the basic human right to security and dignity has witnessed a surge in chauvinistic media campaigns against Quebec Muslims lately. Some media reports allege that the community’s schools and places of worship are related to “terrorist” organizations! By doing so, the level of prejudice against Muslim Quebecors has reached its peak in recent history in the province. Such rumours have crossed ethics and principles of honest media reporting putting children, pupils, employees and ordinary citizens at danger by associating them with institutions that are connected to alleged “fanatics”.

The exaggeration of incidents, twisting of facts and the discriminatory campaigns against any group of citizens due to their religious or ethnic background will lead to unhealthy social harmony within any society. In Quebec, Islamophobia, has become a strong trend that needs our attention as Quebecers from all stripes of the province’s elite, politicians, media, public figures and the general public to unite to defeat unfairness and racism. Quebec human rights values are great tools to fight all sorts of bigotry and intolerance. Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racial profiling should have no place in Quebec.






Muslim community fears backlash over Couture-Rouleau’s vicious acts .Published Tuesday, October 21, 2014

“They are saying he self-converted to Islam. This is another aspect of this. Islam cannot be taken from online. It has to be taken from sources. Second, they are saying he has no direct contact with the community,” said Majzoub. “We have to keep in mind in the area there is no focus of community there.”

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La charte devrait inciter les communautés culturelles à voter.Publié le 02 avril 2014

Évidemment, la charte de la laïcité y est pour beaucoup. Elle a braqué les projecteurs sur la communauté qui s’est sentie très interpellée, souligne M. Majzoub, qui cite en exemple un débat entre des candidats de différents partis qui a attiré à la mi-mars plus de 300 membres dans la métropole. Le président du FMC se réjouit de voir autant d’intérêt pour la campagne électorale. «Cela permet un dialogue direct avec les musulmans», juge-t-il, ajoutant que cela participe positivement à leur intégration dans la société

Muslim groups fear video will spark backlash . Published on Wed Aug 04 2010

Samer Majzoub, president of the Montreal-based Canadian Muslim Forum agrees, adding that Canadian Muslim leaders have expressed that the right to wear a religious covering such as the niqab should never trump security concerns.

“We share the security concern of every citizen. We said if there was an issue of those women passing through, it is not their fault. It is the fault of whoever was there, the security people.”

“It has been repeated by every Muslim leader, when it comes to a security issue, no one is against it (taking off the niqab). Who would be ready to compromise security for any citizen? No one,” he says.

Quebec election results “unprecedented, stinging rebuke” Posted on 4/8/2014

“I believe yesterday’s election was a big, big lesson for those politicians who really followed the wrong way,” said Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum. He said the overwhelming support for the Quebec Liberals also shows the overwhelming opposition to divisive identity politics as represented by the PQ’s proposed secular Charter.