Muslims Condemned for Derogatory Remarks About Jews

October 31, 2004

Source: The New York Times

On October 31, 2004 The New York Times reported, "Two prominent Canadian Muslims who made derogatory remarks about Jews have been condemned by moderate Muslims and other Canadians, and the police have opened investigations to determine whether the men have broken any laws. A statement on a Web site by a Muslim cleric from Vancouver calling Jews 'the brothers of monkeys and swine' was perceived as particularly disturbing, especially after Russia reported that one of his followers had left Canada to join rebel forces in Chechnya and had been killed in combat. The cleric, Sheik Younus Kathrada of the Dar al-Madinah Islamic Society, posted a clarification on his Web site this week, saying that his comments had been taken out of context. 'I am not the demon the media is trying to make me out to be,' he said."