FSWC condemns yet another incident of targeted hatred of Jews – this time, in Burlington, Ontario

December 12, 2016

Media Statement

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.

For More Information Contact
Stacey L. Starkman Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32 / sstarkman@fswc.ca
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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
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