Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies condemns yet another incident of targeted hatred of Jews – this time, in Burlington, Ontario
December 12, 2016 - Toronto: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) condemns the most recent incident of targeted hatred of the Jewish people – this time with the discovery of swastikas and a scrawled (and incorrectly spelled) ‘Aushwitz’ at a playground and on school buses in Burlington, Ontario this past weekend.
“While I am pleased to learn the graffiti has been removed, and that there is a police investigation into this incident, I believe it is time for police forces and governments to take a more proactive approach in dealing with the surge in antisemitic hate crimes in communities across Canada,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo.
“In 2014 the Canadian Jewish community was the target of almost half of all religiously motivated hate crimes across the country. That the country’s tiny Jewish minority remains the chief target of all faith-based hate crimes is a devastating and unacceptable reality which should have alarm bells ringing in the corridors of Toronto’s law enforcement, educational and political offices. To disrupt this pattern of hate, civic leaders in all walks of life need to put a much greater effort into ensuring the safety and security of the city’s Jewish minority, and to speak clearly and forcefully against a growing tide of hate generally, and antisemitism specifically, through the enforcement of current legislation and, if necessary, the creation of new laws to prevent this growing epidemic,” he added.
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