Manitoba

Antisemitism
An Overview

Background

Manitoba is a Canadian province bordered by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west. Its landscape of lakes and rivers, mountains, forests and prairies stretches from northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east and southern farmland. Much wilderness is protected in more than 80 provincial parks, where hiking, biking, canoeing, camping and fishing are all popular. The capital city of Manitoba is Winnipeg and total population is 1.2 million.

Threats

Like several other Jewish Community Centres across the country, the Asper Jewish Community Campus was evacuated on March 9, 2017 after an emailed threat. Premier Brian Pallister condemned the threat and thanked police for its vigilance.

Rock covered in antisemitic slurs

In January 2017, a family arrived at their Winnipeg home to find a red gift bag with a large rock wrapped in a ribbon inside. On the ribbon were the words, “Jude bitch get out of the neighbourhood.” According to CBC News, when the family took the ribbon off, they found the rock was painted with a swastika and another word, “Die Jew bitch” and “Einsatzgruppen” referencing the Nazi death squads.

Graffiti

For the second time in less than a week, hateful graffiti with antisemitic implications was discovered in Winnipeg. On Thursday, August 17th the railing of a Bridge at The Forks in Winnipeg’s historic downtown area was vandalized with scrawled messages that read: “the Klan in here” as well as “K+K+K= love (heart symbol).

On August 15, 2017, nearly a dozen racist and antisemitic graffiti messages were found in Winnipeg along Wellington Crescent and on a trail in Omand Park, across from the Assiniboine River. More graffiti was found in the West Broadway area near the Granite Curling Club as well. Messages such as "Lost white civilizations" and "White extinction?" along with "Soros wants you dead" were found. ('Soros' is a reference to George Soros, a billionaire Jewish-American-Hungarian philanthropist who is a target of neo-Nazi groups).

On February 7th, former cabinet minister Chris Melnick discovered a swastika in the snow with the words “F…Jews” scrawled. According to Melnick, “…antisemitism has become commonplace in Canada. There has been a significant under-reporting of antisemitism in the past several years but that is changing because discussion of racism against minorities has been trending in recent months.”

Statistics Canada

In 2015, Statistics Canada reported that 26 cases in 2013 of hate crime in Manitoba. Manitoba police were alerted to 17 hate crime cases.

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