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Ryerson parts ways with imam whose teachings are under investigation

An imam at a Toronto mosque who prayed for the purification of Jews and slaying of "infidels and polytheists" is no longer employed by Ryerson University.

B'nai Brith Canada made the announcement late Tuesday, citing Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi. "Ayman Elkasrawy, a teaching assistant at Ryerson University, who in a sermon preached 'purify the al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews,' has been dismissed by the university," B'nai Brith said in a news release.

Toronto Police are investigating the 2016 comments, as is Masjid Toronto mosque and the Muslim Association of Canada, which has apologized and suspended Elkasrawy, who they called a "junior employee" who preached an "unauthorized" service. Elkasrawy has also apologized on social media.

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