“In March, CIJA filed a criminal complaint against two Imams who, while preaching at a Montreal mosque, uttered antisemitic supplications from the minbar (pulpit). Our partners in law enforcement just informed us that the Crown will not be proceeding with criminal charges against these Imams.
“While we appreciate the thorough investigation by the Montreal Police and the thoughtful decision taken by the Quebec Crown Attorney, we are extremely disappointed that the Crown did not feel he was able to proceed with laying formal charges. We share the belief that the comments of one Imam in particular clearly constitute hate speech and incitement to violence towards Jews and that only technical constraints precluded the Crown from laying charges at this time.
“This decision will not deter us from continuing to monitor the Canadian landscape, identifying antisemitism wherever it is found, and taking the necessary actions required to safeguard the security of our community.”
-Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, CIJA