ICV expresses shock and sorrow at the Quebec attack and stands in solidarity with the Canadian Muslim community
The ICV is shocked and deeply saddened by the murderous attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec Canada in which six people have been killed and several more have been injured. We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and pray for the full recovery of those injured and traumatised by this horrendous attack.
Whilst details are still to be confirmed including the identity and motives of the cowardly attackers, it does appear to be motivated by hatred for Muslims and follows earlier threats and Islamophobic acts of vandalism against the centre. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described this as a ‘terrorist attack on Muslims’ and expressed his strong solidarity with the Muslim community. Canada is a vibrant and successful multicultural society and this atrocity in no way reflects the feelings and attitudes of the overwhelmingly majority of Canadians, a generous and welcoming people led by a visionary and compassionate leader. The ICV and the Victorian Muslim community stands in solidarity with them. We commend the Victorian Government for its immediate condemnation of the attack and for its expression of solidarity with the people of Canada.
Whilst we are not aware of an increase in the threat level in Victoria against Islamic centres and mosques following the attack in Quebec, the ICV does ask member societies and the community more generally to exercise caution at all times, and to immediately report any suspicious activity or specific threats to Victoria Police. Community leaders are encouraged to seek the advice of the police with respect to security measures for their centres. The ICV’s Emergency Assist team is also available for advice if required but the authorities should be the first point of call.
It is understandable that Victorian Muslims and indeed Australian Muslims more broadly would be feeling more anxious given the current global context and the rising level of Islamophobic hate speech and attacks. However this should not cause us to feel intimidated or alone. The Muslim community is an important and intrinsic part of Victoria’s rich diversity, and the ICV has no doubt that all Victorians of good will stand in solidarity with their fellow citizens. During this time of heightened community concern, it is more important than ever that Australian political leaders of all persuasions come together and unequivocally denounce those that peddle fear, hatred and division.
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