CALGARY — A Calgary man is shaken, and a neighborhood shocked after he says he was attacked for having a Palestinian flag on the again of his automotive.
“He got here for me, and he advised me to return out, and hitting, and pokes within the glass.”
Tamar Abu Hassira moved from Gaza to Canada three years in the past – looking for the protection he thought Canada would supply.
His spouse and kids — they arrived simply two months in the past. This, they are saying, was not the welcome they anticipated.
Within the video, you may see Hassira attempting to drive away as a person pulls up behind him, however then Hassira is reduce off and compelled to cease.
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That’s when the person will get out of his pickup, and begins harassing Hassira – calling him derogatory names, together with “terrorist” a number of occasions.
As he goes to go away the scene, he punches Hassira’s window, and rips off his windshield wiper – earlier than telling Hassira “I’m following you buddy.”
Police are wanting into whether or not this was greater than a street rage incident – the suspect has been charged with mischief to a automobile.
However, the investigation is ongoing.
“I’ve spent a whole lot of the morning speaking to our neighborhood members, our neighborhood contacts, simply because the mischief offense was laid yesterday, doesn’t preclude every other offenses coming ahead,” stated Hate Crimes Coordinator with the Calgary Police Service Const. Craig Collins.
Members of the Palestinian neighborhood have rallied round Hassira – saying they’re assured this was pushed by the truth that he had a Palestinian flag in his window.
One thing he’s scared to drive with now.
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“The Palestinian neighborhood is kind of shocked with what occurred to Tamer Abu Hassira, not solely was he threatened, we consider he was abused,” stated Immigration Guide and Palestinian neighborhood chief Reyad Abusalim.
Within the meantime, Hassira hasn’t left his property, neither has his spouse. And, he’s saved his children residence from faculty.
He says he left his residence in Gaza for a safer life for him and his household.
“The place is the peace in Canada? The place is the peace in Canada?” Hassira stated.
He says he received’t really feel snug going again out into town along with his household till the police investigation is full.