Toronto (April 8, 2021) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is disgusted to learn that antisemitic graffiti calling for the murder of Jews was discovered outside a Chabad centre in Victoria, BC on Tuesday just prior to Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Victoria police are investigating after the words “Kill Jews” and “Gas Jews” were found drawn in front of the Chabad Centre for Jewish Life and Learning.
“As Jewish communities and many others commemorate the six million victims of the Holocaust who were murdered simply because they were Jewish, it is extremely shocking and sickening to see such graffiti,” said Michael Levitt, president and CEO of FSWC, who spoke with Chabad Centre’s Rabbi Meir Kaplan today to offer support and assistance.
“Members of the Jewish community should feel safe going to their local Chabad centre, or any community centre or place of worship, without being subjected to such a vile attack. The Jewish community will not be intimidated and will continue to fight the hate and bigotry that continue to exist in this country,” Levitt added.
Victoria police have video footage of the two suspects. Anyone with information should contact police at (250) 995-7654 extension 1.