RCMP concerned about anti-immigrant sentiment after Kingston terrorism arrest
According to internal documents, the RCMP was concerned about an anti-immigrant backlash after an alleged terror plot was thwarted in Kingston, Ontario.
In January 2019, a teenager and a Syrian adult male were arrested for terrorism-related activities after the RCMP conducted two raids.
While 20-year old Syrian refugee Hussam Eddin Alzahabi was released without charges, the unidentified youth was charged with planning to "deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal devices against a place of public use with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury."
According to the RCMP, sensitivity to anti-immigrant sentiment is a new strategy for the national police force. Shortly after the arrest, an Islamic town hall was organized for communities where mental health professionals were present to offer support.
Despite the RCMP's concerns, there were no hate-related activities targeting Syrian communities as a result of the arrest.