Statement on Threat to Mosques

The Toronto Board of Rabbis condemns the threats and hate messages against two Toronto mosques. This despicable act closely follows the September 12th murder of Mohamed-Aslim Zafis who was serving as an attendant at his mosque’s entrance.

We pray that the Toronto Police Service’s investigation into this crime will result in a quick resolution and that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

We affirm everyone’s right to pray peacefully without fear of harm.  All Canadians have a right to practice their faith in peace and security. We call on our fellow Canadians to denounce hatred in all its forms. Let us all join together in reaffirming the shared values that make Canada a welcoming home for people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds.

כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים

For My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)

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