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article imageOp-Ed: Video of Canadians defending a young Muslim on the street

By Stephen Morgan     Oct 30, 2014 in Politics
Hamilton - Watch this video of several Canadians defending a young Muslim man faced with Islamophobic aggression waiting for a bus in Hamilton.
The video was posted on Youtube and shows ordinary Canadians putting a racist Islamophobe in his place. It has had 1.9 million views in the last three days.
In the video, the racist walks up to a queue at a bus stop where a young Muslim man wearing traditional dress is waiting in line. He starts saying that the guy could be carrying a bomb and that he should not be allowed to get on the bus. The Muslim guy stays silent and retreats. Then lots of other people step in to defend him and verbally attack the racist. The responses to the Islamophobe are stinging and well argued.
The video was made in Hamilton, the home town of the soldier, who was killed in the Ottawa terrorist attack. With regard to the incident, people respond by saying it was act of a fanatic, who was not representative of ordinary Muslims. Unfortunately, the incident ends up with the Islamopobe getting punched.
However, the scene in the video was a set up. Its producer calls it a “social experiment” and the Muslim guy and the racists are acting, although nobody knows this. The producer is 18-year-old Omar Albach, a student at York University, who was born in Canada of Palestinian decent, who says at the beginning that he wanted to see if, in the wake of the Ottawa attack, people felt safe around Muslims or people who look like Muslims.
Apparently this isn't the first such video that Omar has made. On the Youtube pages, there are also videos such as “Hug a terrorist” and others which are about less controversial issues like asking people “What would you do with a million dollars?” and “How smart is Toronto?” It looks like this guy could be heading for a media career.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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