Below is an Open letter from Independent Jewish Voices, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network–Canada, and the United Jewish People’s Order, Toronto to the members of the Ja’ffari Mosque condemning the defacing of the mosque and the hateful targeting of Arabs and Muslims:
To the members of the Ja’ffari Mosque:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the threats and hateful graffiti targeting Muslims and Arabs that were left on the Ja’ffari Mosque in Thornhill. These racist attacks echo the ongoing violence and assaults in Gaza, the West Bank, and in Israel against Palestinians and those Israeli Jews who dare to criticise the policies of the Israeli state. Independent Jewish Voices Canada, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Canada, and the United Jewish People’s Order, Toronto wish to express our solidarity with our Muslim and Arab brothers and sisters and call for restraint and respect from Jewish communities at this difficult moment. These acts are abhorrent and do not represent all Jews. Moreover, they go against the Jewish teachings most of us grew up with which urged us to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Our own histories of oppression should be what guides us: Never again for anyone!
Sheryl Nestel, Independent Jewish Voices
Sue Goldstein and Naomi Binder Wall, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Canada
Julia Barnett, United Jewish People’s Order, Toronto
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