The words “Gas the Jews,” and a Nazi swastika were spray-painted on the ground in Hamilton’s Escarpment Rail Trail, in Ontario, Canada. This incident is just the latest in a string of anti-Jewish hate crimes and vandalism that has occurred in Canada in the last few years.
Jews are the most heavily targeted group in Canada, with 33% of all hate crime listed as antisemitic in 2016. In 2015, Jews reported being harassed for wearing yarmulkes in public, and had their homes vandalized with antisemitic graffiti. The risk is growing. In April 2016, several Hassidic homes were vandalized. According to a report, one was destroyed due to arson.
In Montreal, more than 300 swastikas were spray-painted on buildings and public property during the last year. According to Statistics Canada, Canadian Jews (who compromise a mere 1% of the population) were the most targeted minority group in Canada and eight times more likely to be victims of a hate crime than Canadian Muslims, who make up 3% of the total population. In 2013, Canadian Muslims were victims of 6.2 hate crime incidents per 100,000 people while Canadian Jews experienced 54.9 incidents.
The growing wave of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Canada is stronger then ever, and the public and government officials need to prevent and report these attacks.
Source: Times of Israel; CIJNews; Freebeacon
By: Ohad Barazani