Reuters interview with Samer Majzoub; In Quebec, like France, security fears may deepen rift with Muslims

Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, walks down a street outside his office in Montreal, November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, walks down a street outside his office in Montreal, November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-france-shooting-canada-migrants-idUSKCN0T90FV20151120#iC6KqDbHCPCEVXkW.97

For members of Quebec’s Muslim communities, the debate over the Syrian refugees highlights the distrust of them they say has been deepening for years.

“We don’t ask for the security to be compromised, but to associate (terrorism) with the Syrian refugees is so much injustice,” said Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum in Montreal, which advocates for Muslim interests across Canada.

DISTRUST

He said that Quebec appeared to have a higher level of distrust of its Muslims than other Canadian provinces, something he attributed to Quebec’s efforts to retain a distinct French culture in a mostly English-speaking country. Quebec has attempted to separate from the rest of Canada twice since 1980, arguing its laws, language and culture are unique.

“There is no doubt that the sentiment (of Islamophobia) here is felt much higher,” he said.
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لقاء خاص: مع سامرمجذوب رئيس المنتدى الاسلامي الكندي

Interview with Shourouk Algerian TShourouk interviewV on the community affairs.

حوار مطول مع تلفزيون الشروق الجزائري حول الجالية فى كندا

 

http://tv.echoroukonline.com/item/18706.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB2zxniboQQ

Samer Majzoub on : Quebec town rezones religious space; Muslim groups hint at discrimination. Sep 3 2015

Eglise Catholique on Lorne Ave in St Lambert. An Anglican church is also located on the street.  New municipal rules would limit space for new religous buildings and activities to existing spots. Another relgion could either buy a church or rent space in one says the mayor.

Eglise Catholique on Lorne Ave in St Lambert. An Anglican church is also located on the street. New municipal rules would limit space for new religous buildings and activities to existing spots. Another relgion could either buy a church or rent space in one says the mayor.
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Quebec town rezones religious space.

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Muslim groups hint at discrimination

The small city of St Lambert, directly across from Montral, has proposed new zoning regulations that affect potential future religious activity in the city.

The new regulations reduce the number of areas available for religious activities from 16 down to nine.  All but one of the zones are already occupied.

The new regulations also redefine “community centres” to exclude religious activities.

The city of St Lambert, directly across from Montreal is proposing to restrict where new religious centres and activities can take place
The city of St Lambert, directly across from Montreal is proposing to restrict where new religious centres and activities can take place © google mm

The new regulations would make it difficult for non-Christian religions to set up a place of worship in the municipality by making it illegal to set up a place of worship outside the current specific zones, mostly already occupied by Christian churches.

The Mayor says the purpose is to protect business areas meant for business.

Three commercial areas are affected by the proposal as well as areas zoned for public or semi-public activities. The public areas covered include city hall, the  public works building, and schools.

Mayor Alain Dépatie is quoted in the Montreal Gazette newspaper saying, ““We wouldn’t want the city hall to be a synagogue or even a Christian church. It’s a non-denominational (building). Same thing for the public works building,” he said. “We’re not saying that we don’t want any, we’re just saying that those areas are for schools and municipal buildings and things like that. Many of the (areas zoned for public works) are those buildings.”

But Samer Majzoub, the head of the Canadian Muslim Forum, is concerned there may be more to it than that.  Quoted by CBC he says, “I am afraid to say that it might be easily considered discriminatory, targeting a group of citizens in a city because of their cultural background, depriving them of their rights to have a cultural community because they don’t like their culture.”

Samer Majzoub, the head of the Canadian Muslim Forum-
Samer Majzoub, the head of the Canadian Muslim Forum- “It might easily be considered discriminatory” Mayor Despated syas it’s to ensure business areas are for business, and public buildings remain secular © CBC

Mayor Dépatie says the purpose is to ensure commercial areas remain for commercial activities, noting for example that the town also moved insurance brokers off the ground level a few years ago to encourage more activity.

He said if another religion wanted to set up a religious centre they could buy a church or rent space from one.

The proposed changes must be put to a public consultation, to be held next week, before they can be adopted.

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http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2015/09/03/quebec-town-rezones-religious-space/

Canadian Civil Liberites Association : AN INTERVIEW WITH SAMER MAJZOUB

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

This article is part of a series of interviews with advocates, legal thinkers, community organizers and academics on issues related to Canadian civil liberties produced by CCLA volunteers.

https://ccla.org/an-interview-with-samer-majzoub/

Radio interview :Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, says legislators need to carefully consider the real-world, human rights implications.

CBC day break 12 june 2015

Radio interview :
On CBC daybreak, Montreal.

Muslim community reacts to proposed radicalization bill, Samer Majzoub of the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF)

BT city TV June 12 2015

(FMC-CMF) Canadian Muslim Forum commenting this morning on proposed bills 59 and 62!

Samer Majzoub of the Canadian Muslim Forum talks to reporter Aalia Adam about how the Liberals’ proposed bills could lead to a rise in Islamophobia.

http://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/4290387627001/

Samer Majzoub of (FMC-CMF) Canadian Muslim Forum commenting on the neutrality, anti-radicalization anit-hate speech, bill 62 and bill 59. On CBC, June 10 2015

 

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(FMC-CMF) Canadian Muslim Forum commenting on the neutrality, anti-radicalization anit-hate speech, bill 62 and bill 59.
CMF comment at min 4:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Montreal/ID/2669197411/