Soufi’s was speculated to be an immigration success story, not only for the Alsoufi household, however for all of Canada. A New York Instances profile in 2018 tied the Syran restaurant, positioned on Queen Road in Toronto, in with the increase in Syrian immigration, and its recognition as proof of Canada’s general tolerance for the 50,000 Syrian refugees Justin Trudeau had famously welcomed. “Canada’s heat welcome to Syrian refugees was a trademark of Justin Trudeau’s election as prime minister in late 2015, and for a lot of, it stays a potent image of Toronto’s multicultural id. (The town’s motto is ‘Variety Our Power.’),” the Instances wrote. “Syrian meals companies drew an awesome diploma of media consideration, and a buyer base that prolonged effectively past folks with Center Jap backgrounds.”
However now, simply over two years since Husam and Shahnaz Alsoufi opened its doorways, Soufi’s is closed, with the proprietary household citing loss of life threats in opposition to them as the rationale why.

The alleged threats started after Husam and Shahnaz Alsoufi’s son, Alaa Alsoufi, was recognized as one of many antifa (which stands for anti-fascist) protesters at a talking occasion for right-wing, anti-immigrant politician Maxime Bernier. Bernier is the founder and chief of the Folks’s Social gathering of Canada, which espouses ending “multiculturalism” and “open borders” as a part of the platform. He has additionally personally supported “wholesome nationalism.” The PPC claims to assist some type of multiculturalism, however solely when “immigrants who got here to Canada [are] step by step built-in into our society,” quite than immigrants who “maintain the values and tradition they left behind.”
Based on CBC, video circulated of antifa protesters, together with Alaa Alsoufi, chanting “Nazi scum off our streets” as an aged white girl approached them, and stopping her from coming into the Bernier occasion at Mohawk School, in Hamilton, Ontario. (Alaa Alsoufi seems carrying a masks, however doesn’t seem to work together straight with the girl or her husband.) The lady — Dorothy Marston, 81 — admitted to being skeptical about immigration, saying Syrian “values are completely different than ours,” and was interested by what Bernier needed to say, although she hasn’t made up her thoughts about who to vote for within the subsequent election but. “They have been hollering ‘Nazi’ and ‘racist’ and all this nonsense. It was greater than nonsense, it was horrifying in my nation,” stated Marston of the encounter. Video of the incident has been shared by information retailers and dispersed by PPC supporters.
In an Instagram submit, Soufi’s introduced that the restaurant is completely closed due to “quite a few hate messages & loss of life threats” after Alaa Alsoufi was recognized. Within the submit, the Asoulfi household thank their clients, and say that since opening the Syrian street-food restaurant in 2017, “now we have been met with nothing however curiosity, respect, acceptance and love from the folks of Toronto.” However the PPC supporters’ mark on the household and their enterprise might be seen throughout their net presence, On Google, they’ve been inundated with one-star opinions. “They need to all be shipped again to their very own nation,” one reads. One other simply stated, “Hammer and sickle aint tasty…”
The Alsoufis apologized for his or her son’s involvement within the protest, saying “Alaa regrets that he didn’t step apart and/or get up in opposition to the act of verbal abuse,” that they’re “extraordinarily fortunate and grateful” to be in Canada, and that they ask folks to chorus from sending extra abusive messages their method. Husam Alsoufi advised reporter Victoria Balfour that his son thought he was going to an anti terrorist rally, including, “He thought he was supporting the weak then he discovered himself caught subsequent to individuals who assault [sic] the weak. What he did — standing there and never serving to the [sic] aged — is unacceptable…”

On October 1, the daddy of Antifa Alaa Soufi Dalua confirmed to me that it was his son carrying the masks on the rally. Claimed his son thought he was going to an “anti terrorist rally.” I despatched his electronic mail to Hamilton Spectator and different Canadian papers. They’ve finished nothing.— Victoria Balfour (@VickiBalfour) October 3, 2019

It’s sadly unsurprising {that a} household of Syrian immigrants is bearing the brunt of far-right retaliation as a result of their son attended a protest and didn’t intervene when a pair was verbally attacked. Eater has reached out to the Alsoufis relating to the closure, however has not heard again as of press time. Nevertheless, they wrote in a touch upon Instagram, “Please know that we don’t want to disguise or conceal the occasions that led to those threats, and want to tackle the claims and knowledge shared by sure media teams within the close to future, as soon as it’s protected for us to take action.”