B’nai Brith Canada has brought attention to a disturbing rash of anti-Semitic hate mail sent to at least eight synagogues.
The hateful pamphlets featured a swastika, a bleeding Star of David, and a call for genocide.
“Sadly, we’ve seen the swastika make something of a comeback this year, defacing the walls of high schools, university campuses, and public property,” said B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn. “Today, it is more imperative than ever that we condemn this symbol of racism and hatred.”
The first incident was reported in Montreal, but it was later learned that the exact same hateful pamphlet was sent to synagogues in Toronto, Edmonton, Hamilton, and Kingston.
Police have reportedly been notified.
Rabbi Alan W. Bright of Shaare Zedek – one of the first synagogues that reported receiving the hate mail – said the following:
“At this holy time for Jews and Christians alike, we are reminded that we are members of one community, striving for the preservation of truth and freedom. Vile acts of this nature should never divide us. Rather, they should serve to remind us that we be steadfast in our convictions, consistent in our commitment and courageous in our endeavors to make Canada and the world a better place in which to live.”
According to Statistics Canada, Jewish Canadians remain the group targeted most for hate crimes. B’nai Brith stats show there were 1,728 anti-Semitic incidents reported in 2016, which was a large increase from 2015 (26% higher).
One of the under-reported and under-discussed issues is the immense anti-Semitism that exists in the middle east and much of the Islamic world. Those attitudes are often brought to Canada, but most politicians are too cowardly to discuss it.
In France, there has been an exodus of Jewish people as Islamist radicals spread hatred and violence.
That must not be allowed to happen in Canada and our leaders must speak out against hate in all its forms, including by condemning both neo-nazism and Islamism.
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