Police investigating threat sent to Langley Islamic Centre
September 5, 2021
By Vancouver Sun |
Police are investigating after a letter containing references to Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan was sent to a Langley mosque.
The letter, which was sent to the Langley Islamic Centre in Langley City on Aug. 26, ordered the centre to shut down in two months.
The letter has left the community “deeply shaken,” said Fatema Abdalla of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “It has created a sense of fear within the community, and it’s somewhat of a frustration to be in this constant sense of being a target, especially in our own place of worship.”
The Islamic Centre said the letter “is meant to directly threaten members of the Langley Muslim community.”
It shared a photo of the letter, made up of cut-out letters pasted on a single sheet of paper, on social media.
The letter threatens violence if the centre doesn’t leave, referencing Brenton Tarrant, the gunman serving a life sentence after opening fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, killing 51 people.
It includes the phrase “Heil Hitler” and was signed “KKK.”
The mosque said it has reported the letter to police, adding the incident should be investigated as a “hate-motivated angle.”
“Our community should not have to congregate in fear,” it said. “This should not be happening. But we will not be intimidated.”
Abdalla said this is just the most recent example of hate and Islamophobia directed at Canadian Muslims, including instances of vandalism at mosques across Canada and the attack on a Muslim family by a driver of a pickup in London, Ont., in June.
Langley RCMP said it’s working with leaders at the Islamic Centre to address safety concerns at the mosque.
“It is concerning when something like this happens in the community,” said Langley RCMP Staff Sgt. Loi Ly on Wednesday. “This type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.