Canada: Muslims feel stigmatized by reports on radicalized youth

Surete du Quebec police investigators go over the scene of a police shooting in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu near Montreal on Oct. 20, 2014. A police officer identified the dead man as Martin Couture Rouleau, 25. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

Rather than stigmatizing followers of Islam, Canadians should work hand-in-hand with the Muslim community to combat radicalization, community leaders said Tuesday.

“We must be very careful not to point the finger at mosques and instead see them as allies against this kind of phenomenon, because it is they who can alert police,” said Haroun Bouazzi, a spokesperson for Association des Musulmans et Arabes pour la Laïcité du Québec (AMAL-Québec).

He warned that Muslims are being scapegoated as a result of pervasive media coverage of acts like Monday’s tragedy in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, in which a 25-year-old suspected jihadist hit two Canadian soldiers with his vehicle, killing one, before being gunned down by provincial police.

The driver, Martin “(Ahmed) Couture Rouleau, a Muslim convert, was being monitored as a suspected terrorist and authorities had confiscated his passport, the RCMP revealed.

“The main victims, other than the people who died yesterday, are Muslims themselves because more and more, they are seen as an enemy from inside,” Bouazzi said…

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Bashir Hussain, co-chair of Jewish-Muslim Dialogue and president of the Quebec chapter of the Council of Muslim Communities of Quebec, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hardline pro-Israel policy has contributed to the radicalization of Muslim youth.

He said Canada has abandoned the more neutral international policies of previous Liberal governments and as a result, many young Muslims feel stigmatized.