The Canadian branch of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for censure of an Israeli diplomat who said most terrorists today are Muslims and the majority of Muslims support extremism.
The Canadian group, CAIR-CAN, wants Candian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew to censure Israeli Consul General Ya’acov Brosh for his comments at the recent Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding in Toronto.
Brosh noted that one of the most popular names in the Muslim world is “Osama.”
The event, held at the Temple Har Zion Synagogue, was organized by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.
CAIR-CAN said in a statement issued yesterday the comments “foster hate and bigotry against Canadian Muslims.”
“Mr. Brosh’s comments, made as they were by an Israeli official in Canada, cannot be allowed to stand without a response from the Canadian government,” the Islamic group said.
“We are calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew to censure Mr. Brosh and indicate to him such Islamophobia will not be tolerated in Canada,” the statement declared.
Last month, CAIR successfully pressed the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to apologize for remarks by a top executive and promise he would undergo “sensitization training regarding Muslims and Arabs.”
Evangelist Pat Robertson angered CAIR earlier this month by saying in a television interview Muslims should not serve in the president’s Cabinet or as judges.
“They have said in the Quran there’s a war against all the infidels,” Robertson said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Do you want somebody like that sitting as a judge? I wouldn’t.”
Last December, CAIR-CAN called on the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center to publicly condemn “Islamophobic” comments made by an invited keynote speaker at a conference sponsored by the group and held at the University of Toronto.
At that event, the speaker stated “Islamic terrorism is based on Islam,” and that Islam was “immoderate” and “totalitarian.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington, D.C., is a spin-off of a group described by two former FBI counterterrorism chiefs as a “front group” for the terrorist group Hamas in the U.S.
Several CAIR members have been convicted on terror-related charges.