Victoria and Ottawa Synagogues Latest in Canada to Report Antisemitic Mail

December 20, 2017

Media Release

Toronto (December 20, 2017) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) continues to be concerned after being informed of more synagogues that have been targeted by antisemitism. 

Young Israel of Ottawa and Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria are the latest to report receipt of the hate mail sent to synagogues in multiple cities – including Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston and Montreal.

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." "We commend police from multiple services for their diligence as this hate crime investigation moves forward, and are also appreciative of the many statements of condemnation and solidarity, " said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC. “FSWC will continue to monitor these incidents while we work across communities to push back the darkness the perpetrators of this obscene crime tried to interject as the celebration of Chanukah comes to a close for this year.”

Anyone with further information should contact their local police departments as soon as possible.

Media Contact:

Avital Borisovsky 
Communications Associate 
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