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For years, Islamic extremists and radicals have endangered the safety of various countries of the world, specifically in the Middle East, but also in European and North American countries. Through terrorist activities and inhumane practices, Islamic extremists have created numerous victims in their own Islamic countries, as well as in the countries to which they have migrated. Among other factors, the lax immigration laws, especially in Canada, have enabled the spread of terrorist activity. Canada has not faced a deadly terrorist attack yet; however, terrorist attacks have already been planned for Canada and prevented by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. It is only a matter of time before the CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) is unable to prevent another attack from happening.
On June 2, 2006, 18 Al Qaeda members plotted a series of terrorist activities in one of the more prominent provinces of Canada: Ontario. This case is known as the 2006 Ontario Terrorism Case or the “Toronto 18.” The terrorists planned to detonate truck bombs and to fire in crowded areas. In addition, they aimed to storm the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Canadian Parliament building, and the Parliamentary Peace Tower. One of the major reasons that the terrorists had the Canadian Parliament in their agenda was that they planned to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Canadian officials. Some of the suspects of the Toronto 18 Case were Qayyum Abdul Jamal, Shareef Abdelhaleem, Steven Vikash Chand, Jahmaal James, Fahim Ahmad, Asad Ansari, Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, Zakaria Amara, and Saad Khalid. Aside from Steven Vikash Chand, who recently converted to Islam, the rest of the terrorists came from countries such as Pakistan and Egypt. They were also active members in some of the Islamic centers of Toronto, such as the Al Rahman Islamic Centre.
As student activists, we have experienced several incidents that have brought the reality of radical Islam and the teachings of jihad close to home. For example, on the York University campus, there are numerous Muslim students who show a tremendous amount of hatred toward Jews and deny the Holocaust and the right of Israel to exist. Some have openly said that Christians should hate Jews because they crucified Jesus. Many of these students were raised in Arab-Muslim countries, whose state-maintained media is horrifically anti-Semitic. More disturbing is that these students are seemingly sincere in their beliefs. They honestly and wholeheartedly believe that the Holocaust was made up by Jews to garner sympathy for one thing or another.
This past March, during Islamic Awareness Week at York, a Muslim student said that instead of the Christians United for Israel organization, there should be a Christians United for Sharia (Islamic) law organization. He was also a firm supporter of jihad against all infidels, and was proudly boasting about his belief in Sharia law and that Muslims would succeed in bringing it to North America. He specified his belief in jihad against Jews and anyone who did not believe in Islam. He also asserted that moderate Muslims were not true Muslims. When this man was asked for his name and an email address to continue the conversation privately, he refused to give any contact information. Later, it was found out that he was not a student at York, but rather came with a group of other men from a mosque in Toronto to preach their radical ideology to as many students as possible.
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