The Beth Israel Synagogue
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The Islamic Society of Kingston Stands in Solidarity with those affected by the hate message at the Beth Israel Synagogue
The Islamic Society of Kingston condemns the hate message directed toward the Jewish community at Beth Israel Synagogue. Kingston’s community is one that is rich in diversity and is strengthened by the differences. Members of the Islamic Society of Kingston, and the greater Kingston community, believe that every soul has the right to live free from violence, harassment or intimidation. The Islamic Society of Kingston stands with the Jewish community in solidarity against these vile, cowardly, anti-semitic messages. Kingston’s community is stronger together and cannot be divided by messages which aim to divide, discord and hate.
As stated by Islamic Society’s of Kingston’s Imam Abu Bakr Mulla “hatred has no place in any society, and no society can thrive where there exists hatred. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from the Jewish community and condemn these and similar acts of hatred and bigotry. To quote Maya Angelou ‘hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.’”
Many members of the Muslim community have expressed their concern and extend their support to the Jewish community in Kingston. Mona Rahman states “I was very distressed to hear of the hate message our Jewish neighbours received at Beth Israel Synagogue, similar to those that were sent across Canada. We need to stand together as a community with love, hope and faith against such acts of hate against our community members. We are stronger together.”
For any media inquiries, please contact:
Mona Rahman (ISK Education Coordinator)
The Islamic Society of Kingston is a religious organization registered in the province of Ontario as well as with Revenue Canada as a religious charity. It aims to serve the Muslims in Kingston and the area. For more information on the Islamic Society of Kingston, visit their website at www.kingstonmuslims.ca or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.