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Canada Owners of Syrian restaurant Soufi's announce plan to re-open after hate mail and death threats

07:40  10 october  2019
07:40  10 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Restaurant founded by Syrian refugee family closes amid alleged death threats

  Restaurant founded by Syrian refugee family closes amid alleged death threats A Toronto restaurant founded by a Syrian family showcased in the media as a success story of Canada’s refugee resettlement program has closed down after the owners said they received death threats and hate messages. Soufi’s was founded by Husam and Shahnaz Al-Soufi, who came to Canada after they and their three children were sponsored by a community group in 2015. The family opened the Queen’s St. W.-Palmerston Ave. restaurant and café two years later, touting its Middle Eastern food as a culinary offering “from Syria with love.”“As a result of numerous hate messages & death threats we have received over the past week, we’ve decided to permanently close our shop.

Syrian restaurant Soufi ' s announced yesterday they'd be closing their doors after receiving death threats "As a result of numerous hate messages and death threats we've received over the past week Soufi ' s was founded by a family of Syrian refugees back in 2017, and they brought authentic

A popular Syrian restaurant in Toronto once featured in The New York Times is closing its doors following a wave of “ hate messages” and death threats , the owners announced Tuesday. The Al- Soufi family, who opened Soufi ’ s in 2017 after immigrating as refugees to Canada a few years

a sign hanging off the side of a building: 'The magnitude of hate we are facing is overwhelming,' said the Al-Soufi family in a statement.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 'The magnitude of hate we are facing is overwhelming,' said the Al-Soufi family in a statement.

The Toronto family forced to shut down their Syrian restaurant after a series of hate messages and death threats say they're now working toward re-opening the business.

Husam Al-Soufi made the announcement outside Soufi's, his downtown restaurant, alongside Mohamad Fakih, the Toronto businessman and founder of Paramount Fine Foods.

"We're going to work together to re-open the door of this business," Fakih said, promising further details at a news conference scheduled for Thursday.

Syrian restaurant Soufi's to reopen Friday after closing due to hate messages, death threats

  Syrian restaurant Soufi's to reopen Friday after closing due to hate messages, death threats The Syrian owners of a Toronto restaurant they closed after receiving death threats and hate messages say they will reopen Friday with help from another business. Husam Al-Soufi made the announcement Thursday at a news conference. He was joined by Paramount Fine Foods CEO Mohamad Fakih inside Soufi's, a downtown eatery in Toronto's downtown Queen Street West neighbourhood.Fakih pledged to help the Al-Soufi family reopen the restaurant, saying the family would retain ownership and all profits. "We're going to send a message that hate will never win in Canada," said Fakih.

The complaint comes a day after the family announced they were closing Soufi ’ s restaurant , a “As a result of numerous hate messages and death threats we’ve received over the past week, we’ve 2 indicating they wished to file a formal report about hate speech and threats . They said no one was at

Image caption Soufi ' s opened in 2017 to much fan fare, but said it is permanently closing after receiving death threats online. A Syrian restaurant in Toronto has shut after death threats triggered by the owner 's son taking part in a protest against an anti-mass immigration party.

"This family should not lose their profitable, thriving business because of intimidation and hate."

The Al-Soufi family says the threats began after news got out that their eldest son protested outside a September event in Hamilton featuring People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier.

The event became the source of controversy when a crowd of people protesting Bernier's presence was seen physically blocking and verbally abusing an elderly woman trying to enter the venue.

"They were in a lineup … and treating me like I'm a criminal," she said, during an earlier interview.

Family says son not directly involved

The family said in its statement that their son, Alaa, regrets what happened.

"That said, he did not in any way verbally or physically assault the elderly woman and has nonetheless offered to apologize personally for not doing more," the statement said.

While PM Candidates Show Love For Soufi's Owners, Bernier Is Calling Out Their Son

  While PM Candidates Show Love For Soufi's Owners, Bernier Is Calling Out Their Son The Syrian restaurant confirmed they would be closing indefinitely.The first to comment on the restaurant closure was Justin Trudeau, who retweeted a Twitter post from CBC food writer, Suresh Doss. The Prime Minister added, “Hatred and threats of violence have no place in Canada. We are always stronger together than when we're divided.

Soufi ' s (Instagram). A Toronto family forced to shut down their Syrian restaurant after a series of hate messages and death threats is filing a complaint with police. The Alsoufi family, owners of the popular downtown restaurant Soufi ’ s , announced on social media Tuesday that a spate of hateful

The owners of a popular Syrian restaurant in Toronto say they will be permanently closing shop after their family and staff received “numerous hate messages” and death threats Soufi ’ s , a well-known Queen West restaurant operated by a Syrian family who recently immigrated to Canada, came under

"Alaa has been an activist and humanitarian for the past nine years, fighting for the rights of oppressed communities in Canada and worldwide. We support and love our son for standing up against oppression."

David Turkoski, the son of the woman in the incident, said he remains upset that his mother was intimidated and verbally abused by protesters. He alleges that Alaa was involved, and that the Al-Soufi family has not reached out to apologize.

However, he was also saddened when he learned about the threats and closure of the restaurant.

a man standing in front of a store: Husam Al-Soufi employs 12 people at his downtown restaurant Soufi's.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Husam Al-Soufi employs 12 people at his downtown restaurant Soufi's.

"It broke my heart when I heard about it," David Turkoski told CBC Toronto, adding that a family should not be punished for the actions of one person.

"As far as the gentleman who owns the restaurant, anyone who would advocate any harm to him is not on my side," he added.

Police likely to investigate threats

Husam Al-Soufi said his family has received numerous positive messages since news about the hate mail and threats emerged.

"I just want to thank all Canadians for their supportive messages and warm comments," Al-Soufi said. "We're just hoping to spread the love, despite all that happened."

Earlier Wednesday, the Al-Soufi family filed a complaint with Toronto police, who confirmed they were investigating the incident.

Police had previously said the Al-Soufi family had called to lodge concerns last week about receiving hate messages, but they were not able to connect with officers.

Const. Victor Kwong said Wednesday that investigators were meeting with the family to gather details and likely launch a probe into the situation.

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