On May 9, 2019 Mustafa Farooq, a lawyer and the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), published on Edmonton Journal an article titled “Anti-semitism and Islamophobia are two sides of the same coin.” Here excerpts from the article:
We also have to talk about the fact that the white-supremacist views of the gunman [who attacked Chabad of Poway synagogue in a San Diego on April 27, 2019] involved both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The gunman’s hate against Muslims and Jews are not simply two discrete conceptions — rather, in reading his text, his hatred against the two communities is interwoven. That’s important for us here in Canada to think about.
For it appears that white supremacy has returned out of the dead earth. Or had it ever gone away? White supremacists take to the streets in Edmonton on a weekly basis, chanting the “14 words” of neo-Nazi white supremacy…
The attack on one religious community is an attack on all communities. Islamophobia and anti-Semitism — and indeed all forms of hate — are two sides of the same coin: the dark coin of white supremacy. And the forces of white supremacy, as the 20th century so clearly shows us, are a threat to all Canadians who love peace and democratic values.