June 8, 2021
TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms what appears to be a hate-motivated mass murder that killed four members of a Muslim Canadian family in London, Ont. this weekend. It is reported that the family was specifically targeted because they were identifiably Muslim.
The sole survivor of the attack, a 9-year-old child, is still hospitalized in serious condition.
Contrary to incendiary speculation and dangerous misinformation spreading online, the suspect in the attack is not Jewish. B’nai Brith Canada is concerned that disinformation of this type could fuel attacks against innocent Canadian Jews, and it must be called out.
Hatred and violence targeting anyone based on their religion, ethnic origin or heritage is an abomination – including hatred against Muslims, Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, Black Canadians, Asian Canadians, Jewish Canadians, and other minorities. The perpetrator of this shocking attack must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
“This must end – Canada needs to be a place where everyone feels welcome and safe,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “The Jewish community and B’nai Brith want our Muslim brothers and sisters to know that we are with you in this struggle and we will not be silent.
“We call on all communities to offer their support for the loved ones of the victims, and to add their voices to the calls for justice in this case and in preventing acts of incitement and extremism which are now all too prevalent online.”