FSWC Condemns Antisemitic Attack on Toronto Councillor

October 10, 2018

Media Statement

Toronto (October 10, 2018) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) condemns the antisemitic campaign recently posted on an online anti-Israel group calling for the eviction of a Jewish councillor from office because of his beliefs. 

“Once again, members of the pro-Palestinian and BDS movement are using hateful campaigns targeting Jewish people in order to get their message across,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “Such a double standard is never acceptable and must be condemned.”

In a statement sent to FSWC,Councillor James Pasternak said, “I am both shocked and saddened that a group is attacking me because I am Jewish and advocating for Jewish causes and the Jewish community.”

This incident comes one month after two Canadian Jewish MPs were attacked online for supporting Israel, an antisemitic act that was condemned by several political leaders. Earlier this week, Leo Baeck, a Jewish school in Toronto, was targeted with anti-Israel graffiti, while shoppers at a Metro grocery store in Toronto discovered stickers promoting BDS placed under Israeli products.

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