January 2018 female Muslim Student Khawlah Norman reported she was the victim of a hate crime.
This story garnered international media attention.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about this hate crime hours after it was reported. He did not speak of it as an alleged crime.
My heart goes out to the young girl who was attacked seemingly for her religion. I can’t imagine how afraid she must have been. I want her and her family, friends and community, to know this is not who Canadians are. Outpouring of support that I know she’s getting: statements from the mayor and the premier and now from me – really need to emphasize…
Khawlah Norman gives a very detailed account of the hates crime Islamophobia incident. CBC report:
Me and my brother were walking to school and sadly someone assaulted me by cutting my hijab two times and I felt really scared
CBC reports that community leaders say that Islamophobia attacks tend to flair after Muslim Jihad terror attacks.Toronto Police
Toronto Police, Mark Pugash: VIDEO
They looked at all the evidence they had they reached the conclusion what was said to have happened simply did not happen
Justin Trudeau was Thankful and relieved that the attack did not happen but also appealed for real hate crimes to be taken extremely seriously – The hate crimes researcher warns against being distracted by this one false case
Sabreen Ghaffer Saddiqui:
Just because this one particular story is not real it doesn’t mean the other stories are not real so let’s not forget that we need still work on anti-islamophobia and trying to combat anti Muslim hate. VIDEO
She also worries about
I am very afraid the backlash she will receive, and the community will receive further because now people are going to be angry that, you know, she lied.