Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns Violent Assault on Kosher Restaurant in Windsor, Ontario

February 9, 2017

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       Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns Violent Assault on Kosher Restaurant in Windsor, Ontario

February 9, 2017 – Toronto: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) condemns the violent assault against the Mazal Tov Kosher Restaurant in Windsor, Ontario on February 2, 2017.

Restaurant owner Mazal, who has been in the business for 19 years, said she has never had an experience like this before. “It’s upsetting to see something like this and I really hope whoever did this will have the decency to come here and talk to me. I will forgive him for what he did, but I want to explain to him that living with hate is a lot more difficult than living with love.”

She also noted how supportive the Windsor community has been. “It’s amazing how many people have stopped in to say they are sorry and that they feel bad about what happened. That gives you strength.”

FSWC encourages the police to commit all resources necessary to finding the culprit who committed this deliberate and violent act, to prevent any further hate-based violent tragedies from happening anywhere in Canada.

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Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at
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