Pamphlets Accusing ‘Jewish Terrorists Trained by Israeli Zionists’ of Orchestrating Deadly Quebec Mosque Attack Distributed on Canadian University Campus
Pamphlets accusing “Jewish terrorists trained by Israeli Zionists” of orchestrating last month’s deadly shooting at a Montreal mosque were distributed across Canada’s Western University this week, the campus newspaper The Gazette reported.
The booklets called for “all Zionists in Canada to be tried as terrorists and all members to be put in jail,” after the Jan. 29 attack on the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec City — carried out by 27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette — which left six people dead and 19 others wounded. They were signed by a group calling itself the “Canadian National Independence Party,” an Internet search for which yielded no results.
The University Students’ Council (USC) condemned the “incredibly prejudiced” pamphlet, saying it “directly attacks our Jewish community on campus” and “strongly promotes violence.”
“Free speech is incredibly important, especially at a learning institution…However, hate speech is not free speech as it is violent, targeting, marginalizing and unacceptable. Attacks like this on members, groups or communities on our campus are disgusting and inexcusable,” USC stated.
The university’s Hillel thanked the student government for “speaking out.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has referred to the Quebec shooting as a “terror attack,” and Bissonnette has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.