Canadian Muslim Community Fears Actual Backlash After Hate-Crime Hoax

Thursday, January 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Joshua Gill via The Daily Caller,
Thu, 01/18/2018

Canadian Muslims say they fear anti-Muslim hate over this week’s revelation that a young girl fabricated an internationally anti-Muslim hate crime story.

Canadian police reported that Kwalah Noman, an 11-year-old Muslim girl from Toronto, fabricated her claims that a man repeatedly attacked her by trying to cut off her hijab in public, sparking concern among the Toronto Muslim community that outrage over the lie could lead to actual discrimination, according to CTV News. Sabrine Azraq, a member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), urged people to argue against any anger over the lie.

“This will probably be used as an opportunity to downplay all the times that Muslims come out and speak out against Islamophobia,” Azraq told CTV News.

Amira Elghawaby, a human rights activist, said she also feared potential, legitimate backlash, adding that the Canadian Muslim community is filled with ” a lot of anxiety” over the upcoming anniversary of the Jan. 29 Quebec City mosque massacre.

Both Elghawaby and CCMW member Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui pleaded with the public to take Noman’s age into consideration and refrain from targeting an 11-year-old girl.

Noman’s initial story sparked public outrage over what was thought to be an actual hate crime, gaining international coverage and even a sympathetic comment from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who declared “this is not what Canada is.”

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