FSWC Disappointed in the Handling of Hate Graffiti Incident by Montreal Police

July 14, 2017

Media Statement

TORONTO (July 14, 2017) – Based on recent reports, a Montreal couple was refused help from police after discovering a swastika and hateful message on their car. While police have since responded, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is disappointed in the way the matter was initially handled.

Police originally told the couple that a hate crime report would not be filed and that the couple should simply wash the graffiti off the car.

“As the number of hate crimes against Jewish people continues to be at an all-time high in Canada, it’s up to the police to ensure these incidents are dealt with seriously and action is taken to prevent future incidents,” said Avi Benlolo, FSWC President and CEO.

Corey Fleischer – a community activist and speaker at FSWC’s upcoming Freedom Day – was called in to wash the hateful graffiti.

A Facebook video of Fleischer cleaning the graffiti was brought to the attention of police – who then began an investigation into the incident.

FSWC continues to track and report on antisemitic incidents throughout Canada on its website at www.fswc.ca.


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Avital Borisovsky
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416.864.9735 x 29 

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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is a top Jewish human rights foundation in Canada's organized Jewish community. It directly impacts over 100,000 people each year and 500,000+ peripherally. 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, Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed 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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