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Antisemitic hate crimes reach a record level in Canada for the second year running

B’nai Brith Canada’s annual audit into antisemitic hate crime has shown that 2017 was the second year running which set a new record for crimes targeting Jews.

The audit showed at least 1,752 antisemitic in 2017, an increase of 1.4% on 2016. However, antisemitic hate crimes, particularly those against Charedim, routinely go unreported, so the real figure is likely even higher.

Instances of antisemitic graffiti and vandalism more than doubled, seeing a 107% increase. This has included graffiti saying “Hitler was right”, as well as including flyers sent to Synagogues saying that “Jewry must perish”.

73% of the incidents were in Toronto and Quebec, home to Canada’s most significant Jewish communities.

Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, said of the findings that “Antisemitism has grown as a serious concern for Canadian Jews, affecting them at school, in the workplace and even in their own places of worship. This problem will not solve itself – we need a concerted national effort to ensure that antisemitic outbreaks do not become a fact of life for Jews in this country, as in other developed countries such as France and Sweden”.

B’nai Brith have created an eight-point plan for tackling antisemitism in Canada, which can be read here. The plan, which includes measures to tackle online antisemitism and antisemitism on University campuses, has been produced in French and English, and provides a sensible, measured approach.