Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) Extremely Concerned About Recent Hate Crimes Report by Toronto Police Services
March 20, 2017 – Toronto: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is extremely concerned about the findings of a recent hate crimes report released by Toronto Police Services.
Toronto’s Jewish community was predominantly targeted at a higher rate than any other group in 2016, with 43 occurrences, followed by the LGBTQ community with 24 occurrences, and the Black and the Muslim communities reporting 22 occurrences each. The Jewish community accounted for 30 per cent of reported attacks despite the Jewish Community making up a mere 3.8 per cent of the City of Toronto’s religious population.
“We are appalled by the 2016 hate crimes report, and want to emphasize that these statistics only reflect the hate crimes that were actually reported against Jewish community members. It is important for victims of hate crimes to report these occurrences to the police, as many crimes are not accounted for in these reports,” said FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo.
As always, FSWC seeks to promote tolerance and safety for all Canadians. The Center has reached out to all Canadian Jewish Community Centers that have been the targets of violent threats over the past month to offer its condolences and support. To read the police report in its entirety, see here.
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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 www.fswc.ca