Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Quebec mosque has sparked an outcry on Arab social media, with many users claiming the attack represented “Christian terror” even though there have been no significant reports that the shooter was religiously motivated.
The AFP reported on Thursday of the attacker:
The suspect in the shooting rampage at a Canadian mosque visited the site before Sunday’s massacre, asking for money and scouting the scene before returning with guns and killing six men as they prayed, a member of the mosque said.
Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged in court on Monday with six counts of premeditated murder and five counts of attempted murder with a restricted weapon after Sunday evening’s massacre at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec.
Members of the mosque were shocked to find the man that had been seen twice outside the center in the days before the shooting was the same slightly built French-Canadian that police said was the lone attacker in the shooting.
Arab social media has been saturated with claims that the lone gunmen perpetuated a “Christian terror” attack.
The Saudi Sunhat Aluteibi tweeted: “Christian terror has hit a mosque in Canada’s Quebec and makes six worshippers martyrs and injures dozens others! Saudi’s liberal media pretends it’s deaf. Allah, please kill this media.”
"الإرهاب المسيحي" يضرب مسجدا ف مدينة كيبيك الكندية ويسفر عن استشهاد ٦مصلين وجرح العشرات! الإعلام الليبرالي السعودي يعمل نفسه ميت اماته الله
— د. صنهات بدر العتيبي (@drsunhat) February 1, 2017
“Christian, Shi’ite, Buddhist and Jewish terror is considered a criminal act, not terror,” Ghanem Alkmalki wrote. “It’s an ongoing Crusade.”
@drsunhat الإرهاب المسيحي والمجوسي والبوذي واليهودي إجرام شخصي فقط ولايسمى إرهابا.. حرب صليبية مستترة
— غانم المالكي (@alhajse007) February 1, 2017
Mohamed Yahia tweeted: “The Christian terrorist killed six Muslims in Canada whose sole crime was that they were Muslim.”
— Mohamed Yahia (@m_magd2050) February 1, 2017
“Why don’t you condemn what happened in Canada?” Campos protested. “Is there a dog sheikh on Twitter or an Arab leader who could utter the phrase ‘Christian terror’?”
لماذا لا تسمعونا تنديدكم بما حدث فى كندا؟
هل يستطيع كلب من مشاخخ تويتر أو من المسئولين العرب أن ينطق بكلمة الارهاب المسيحي؟
— Campos (@HansPettlys) February 1, 2017
Fadel Suliman wrote: “The martyrs who fell during evening prayer were killed by a Christian terrorist. Will the Christians agree that we say Christian terror and extremism?”
الشهداء الذين سقطوا في صلاة العشاء بكندا على يد إرهابي مسيحي.
هل يقبل المسيحيون أن نقول: الإرهاب أو التطرف المسيحي؟ pic.twitter.com/aBKHvJQNp1
— Fadel Soliman (@FadelSoliman) January 31, 2017
Loay Alshareef replied: “It’s undoubtedly a terrorist, but they will tell you that the killing wasn’t motivated by a religious text, unlike the cases where the texts call for murder and influence the killer.”
@FadelSoliman لا شك انه ارهابي، لكن نقطة اعتراضهم أنه لم ينطلق بنصوص دينية تحرضه على قتل المسلمين بعكس أن تكون نصوص موجهة لدين محدد أثرت فيه
— لؤي الشريف (@lalshareef) January 31, 2017
“Others are blamed as Islamic terrorists while others take pride in Christian terror,” Mohamed Ben Qassem tweeted. “I suggest the following definition of terror: An unjustified murder of a person of a different creed.”
— محمد بن قاسم آل ضاوي (@Saifnews_com) February 2, 2017