New Wave of Hate Targets Canadian Synagogues

December 19, 2017

Media Statement

Toronto (December 18, 2017) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is dismayed to learn that synagogues in multiple cities - including Edmonton, Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal - have received disturbing and threatening antisemitic mailings. 

The unmarked letters depicted in graphic style a swastika embedded in a yellow Jewish star dripping with blood accompanied by the words "Jewry Must Perish."

"The timing of these incidents - as celebrations marking Chanukah and the ancient story of survival draw to a close for this year, while the Jewish community is still in shock from news of the violent deaths of two beloved community leaders - makes them all that more despicable," said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC. 

Police services have begun investigations. Anyone with further information should contact their local police departments as soon as possible.

Antisemitic mailing sent to synagogues across Canada

Media Contact:

Avital Borisovsky 
Communications Associate 
416.864.9735 x 29

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