06/07/21: In what is being called a hate-crime by London Ontario police, a family of five was intentionally struck by a car while walking. Four of the family members have been killed. The city's police said: "There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act and that the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith".
"This heinous murder motivated by hate and intolerance is heartbreaking" said Human Rights leader, Avi Benlolo. "Its absolutely incomprehensible to understand how it's even possible for a family to have been targeted and brutally murdered by another Canadian because of their faith".
"On behalf of my family, friends and followers in the Jewish community and beyond, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to my brothers and sisters of the Muslim faith. I wish to reassure them that they can count on us to stand with them at this difficult moment and that we unequivocally condemn this outrageous attack".
Note: I will be reaching out to my friends in the Muslim community to express my solidarity with them.
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Avi Abraham Benlolo, BA MA, Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa)
Order of Vaughan, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, Race Relations Award
ABOUT: Avi Abraham Benlolo has been described as the nation's most prominent and noted expert in Holocaust studies, in countering Antisemitism and promoting human rights. He has dedicated nearly three decades in executive capacities, was founding President and CEO of a major organization in the Jewish community, has raised over $150 million for charities and is a leading voice in Canada. His academic research, graduate degree, Ph.D. coursework and nearly three decades of professional work has focused on these arenas in addition to peace and security in the Middle East. He has published hundreds of articles in these areas. In recognition of his national and international leadership in this area, he has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate from a prestigious Israeli university for his work in Holocaust studies and combating antisemitism; an Order of Vaughan for his distinguished contribution to anti-racism, equity and diversity; the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada and a race relations award for best practice, based on distinguished service in promoting human rights.