20/02/2017 from Qatar
On Friday (17/02/2017) in downtown Toronto where there were protesters outside a masjid who held banners pertaining to Islamophobic slogans as they call for a ban on Islam as Muslims entered their place of worship to practice their Friday prayer. This may be shocking for the Muslim community in Canada who expected empathy and support from non-Muslim Canadians, as it has only been two weeks since the Quebec masjid shooting that left six Muslims worshippers killed and several injured by Alexandre Bissonnette , an alt-right white supremacist Canadian of French national origin.
However, it can be argued that the Quebec masjid shooting may have drawn inspirers of Bissonnette only to fuel the cause of the alt-right; as anti-Islam protests and the far-right can be seen as two sides of the same coin as identity politics play a role in channeling the fear of Caucasian Christians from losing their said privilege which can be argued is what happened in last year’s presidential elections in the United States.
It is only significant to mention with the anti-Islam protests in Toronto, the anti-Islam protests that occurred in Brussels, Dresden, Calais, and Amsterdam last year organized and supported by Pegida supporters who are against the alleged ‘Islamisation’ of Europe. The same supporters who rallied right after the ISIS-claimed Berlin attack on December 2016 that left twelve people killed and several injured, thus using the incident as a means of justifying the ban on refugees and Muslims from Germany. This rally was met with a counter-protest of those who are in support of welcoming refugees and Muslims from war torn countries, therefore what can be said is that there is a clash between civilizations as each side fights for their ideals, causes, and beliefs. Thereby, implying that the anti-Islam protest outside the masjid in Toronto is also where ISIS successfully targeted the ‘Grey Zone’ in an attempt to divide areas where Muslims and non-Muslims co-exist such was the case of President Trump’s ban of people who come from seven Muslim majority countries as it was noted that ISIS were pleased with the ban and this can only legitimise their propaganda, ultimately feeding the rhetoric of the far-right, Islamophobia, and identity politics.