Samer Majzoub interview with “christian science monitor” :Early intervention? Why Montreal has an anti-radicalization center

Interview done five weeks ago with US newspaper “christian science monitor”published Dec 28 2015.

“It was a very, very difficult time for the community,” said Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum. “It’s still difficult now.”

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Montreal’s anti-radicalization center is careful to not link Muslims with extremism. Its website only mentions terrorism in passing and references neo-Nazi terrorists and environmentalists who bomb labs in addition to Islamist radicals.

“It is important to show this center serves all communities, and doesn’t target any community,” says Mr. Majzoub. He hopes the center will also prevent anti-Muslim extremism, like a recent mosque firebombing.

“The police have shown a lot of compassion and understanding. Still, we’re very cautious about the details.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2015/1228/Early-intervention-Why-Montreal-has-an-anti-radicalization-center

 

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We Need To Make A Collective Effort To End Violent Radicalism

Authorities investigate the scene where a police shootout with suspects took place, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif.  A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/samer-majzoub/end-violent-radicalism_b_8746608.html

*Samer Majzoub
The concept of radicalism that leads to violence through history has always, similar to all other philosophical doctrines, sought to justify its movement based on mainly social, economical and political reasoning.
“Religions” have been, in recent times, added to the catalogue that violent radicals use to legitimize their acts, and as mean of delivering their objections to what they consider “injustice.” This addition of “religious” reasoning to violent operations has made the subject much more sensitive, confusing and complicated.