FSWC Media Statement on Recent Antisemitic and Racist Hate Crimes

November 15, 2016

Media Statement

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is troubled to learn of the swastika and antisemitic slur painted on the home of an Ottawa rabbi today. Our education programs for Canadian youth teach about the impact of hateful symbols and the power of words to lead to tragic events.  The increased hatred we see in Canada, whether from this antisemitic incident, to another in which a swastika was found in a Thornhill plaza this past weekend, to the white power flyers posted yesterday in a Toronto park, must not be normalized or accepted in any way. Instead, we must educate our children and communities about tolerance, about acceptance of and respect for diversity, about the importance of inclusion and about the need to protect these core values. The foundation of Canadian society depends on defending and upholding these values and beliefs against those who would undermine them in the cause of divisiveness and hate.
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Toronto city staff are investigating after signs targeting white people 'sick of being blamed for all the world's problems' and urging them to 'join the alt-right' were spotted around the city on Monday morning.

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Contact 
Stacey L. Starkman 
Director of Communications & External Relations 
416.864.9735 x 32 - office / sstarkman@fswc.ca 
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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