CAIRO - A mosque in Canada's largest province of Quebec has been vandalized, with anti-Arab slurs and a Star of David spray-painted on the Muslim worship place, to the condemnations of Jews and Muslims in the country.
"This kind of bigotry has no place in Canada," said Immigration Minister Jason Kenny, reported CTV Television Network.
Anti-Arab slurs and a Star of David were spray-painted on the doors of a mosque Gatineau in Quebec last week.
The attack came a few days after unknown people attacked the mosque, smashing its windows.
Any act of vandalism is deplorable. But vandalism against houses of worship of any faith is particularly cowardly and hateful, said Kenny.
Our government strongly condemns these heinous attacks that have been terrorizing the whole community, said Kenney.
Our government is deeply disturbed by the acts of individuals who promote this type of hatred. Canada is recognized as a peaceful and tolerant country, where people from around the world aspire to live.
Prime Minister Stephen also condemned the "heinous attacks" in a statement in French.
"Members of the mosque have asked for help in funding infrastructure and security projects and have received funding from our government," Harper said.
The attack is the fourth on the mosque in the past six months.
"It is classified as a hate crime," said Guy Berthelotte, deputy chief of the Gatineau police.
The mosque attack was swiftly condemned by Jewish and Muslim groups in the country.
"The incident is not only an affront to the some 4,000 Muslims in the Gatineau area, but is also an outrage to all Canadians who value diversity and respect, said Frank Diamant, the chairman of the Jewish group B'nai B'rith Canada.
The use of the Jewish star in association with hate messaging only adds to the offensive nature of this latest incident.
The mosque's imam downplayed the attack, saying it does not reflect a wide anti-Muslim hostility in Canada.
"This does not characterize Canadians," imam Nabil Bouzoubaa said.
"We live with them and, thank God, we're all Canadians."
Muslims make around 2.8 percent of Canada's 32.8 million population, and Islam is the number one non-Christian faith in the Roman Catholic country.
A recent report from the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life said that Muslims are expected to make up 6.6% of Canada's total population in 2030.A recent survey showed that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are proud to be Canadian, and that they are more educated than the general population.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net