Jews Grows in Canada
Sting of Attacks on Quebec Jews
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2014, TORONTO — With violent undercurrents festering among anti-Israel protesters recently coming to the fore, B’nai Brith Canada is expressing its concern regarding the upcoming “Al-Quds Day” rally scheduled for this Saturday, July 26th at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The Jewish human rights organization is calling on Government and Police officials not to sanction these rallies, pointing to the fact that demonstrations across Europe, and now Calgary and Mississauga, have often turned into violent antisemitic outbursts and attacks on Jewish communal institutions.
“As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, we are seeing a sharp rise in the numbers of attacks on Jews across the country,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “In Europe we have seen protests turn violent, with Paris experiencing mass riots in what has been described by some as an ‘intifada’. At a Berlin rally the crowd chanted “Death to Jews” and “Hitler was right”. in Turkey rioters decreed that “Turkish Jews would pay dearly” and in Mississauga, Ontario a pro-Israel demonstrator was sent to hospital after an altercation.
“Now in Calgary, police apparently refused to take seriously the threats of the pro-Hamas crowd, even as Israel activists were assaulted during a demonstration — resulting in five being sent to hospital. There are also additional reports that pro-Israel demonstrators in Ottawa were told by police to leave, since their safety could not be guaranteed.
“In Montreal alone we have seen the effects of anti-Israel fervor which have resulted in attacks on Jews, be it a Jewish visitor punched in the face outside a kosher restaurant, a Hasidic woman slapped in the face by a man riding a bike, a Jewish boy threatened by a neighbor as he walked by their porch commanding his dog to “get the Jew” and a Jewish woman protester shoved to the ground.
“Rallies in support of terrorist organizations such as Hamas must be condemned in the strongest of terms. We therefore call on Officials at Queens Park and the Toronto Police not to sanction any such pro-Hamas rallies and encourage any member of the community who witnesses and is a victim of an antisemitic incident to call police and our 24-hour Anti-Hate Hotline at 1-800-892-BNAI .”
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B’nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875 as the Jewish community’s foremost human rights agency.