The National Council of Muslims of Canada says it has filed a police report after several members of the community sent it a hate-filled video, in addition to other Islamophobic online content, following the murder of four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont. was done.
The video surfaced on June 6 when a Muslim family was deliberately crushed by the driver of a speeding truck, who targeted the family because of their faith. Police described it as a “hatred-motivated murder”.
Four members of the Afzal family were killed and a nine-year-old boy was orphaned.
Nathaniel Veltman, a 20-year-old man involved in the attack, is facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
There have been many vigils across the country since this incident.
The video, which surfaced online and has since been removed, shows Muslim women walking in London, Ont. road, and a man speaks words of encouragement to a vehicle that suggests women to drive.
“This is not the first time we have seen something like this. There is hate online, particularly against Muslims and against indigenous peoples, black people and racial minorities,” said Nadia Hassan, chief operating officer of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). Incitement to violence against
Hassan said online violence is more prevalent than people realize. “We know it’s a … place (in) where hate is born and spread. It’s a systemic issue, but it’s also an issue of society as a whole.”
Hassan said that Islamophobia is intensifying. “It’s becoming more and more bold. It’s becoming more and more common in these very violent forms, which is terrifying.”
“I think for a lot of Muslims, especially Muslim Canadians who are visible across the country, there has been a real fear.
“People are scared for their safety.”
The NCCM filed a petition for an urgent National Action Summit on Islamophobia, which has garnered 30,000 signatures so far.
“We call on all levels of government across the country – federal, provincial, territorial, municipal – to come together for a National Action Summit on Islamophobia to urgently take action to end both violent forms of Islamophobia and systemic Islamophobia. can be done.”