FSWC Denounces Pattern of Antisemitic Mail Delivered to Toronto Law Firms

March 21, 2018

Media Release

Toronto (March 21, 2018) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) has been informed about another instance of antisemitic mail addressed to a Toronto law firm. In this most recent case, the letter was sent to Neuberger & Partners LLP.

The two-sided mailer, a replica of one received at a Toronto immigration law firm two weeks ago, blames Jewish people for a "genocide of the white race via immigration" and calls for "genocide of the Jews." It’s the third threatening letter received by Neuberger & Partners in the last six months.

"We are deeply disturbed by yet another incident of antisemitic hate mail directed to a Toronto business,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. "This is becoming an all too familiar pattern for members of the Jewish community and is especially troubling as we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.”

The first two mailers sent to Neuberger & Partners were provided to Toronto Police Service 13 Division.

"Although I am not aware of other law firms being targeted with such troubling material, I have a general concern for what appears to be an increasing trend of businesses, Jewish organizations and individuals being targeted with material that is not only highly offensive but contrary to engendering diversity, inclusiveness and respect for members of Canadian society,” said Joseph Neuberger, senior partner with Neuberger & Partners LLP. “Such intolerance must be met with public exposure and a coherent effort to combat attacks on any person or organization based on religion, race or orientation."   

In recent months, numerous Jewish businesses and organizations have been targeted with hateful letters, including one calling for the expulsion of Jews and another calling for Jewry to perish. 

FSWC calls for heightened vigilance as police continue investigations and anyone who receives similar hate mail to immediately file a report with police.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Cara Scholl, Public Relations Coordinator
647-987-9480
Scholl.cara@gmail.com

Avital Borisovsky
Communications Associate
416.864.9735  x 29
aborisovsky@fswc.ca

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