FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2011
Toronto, ON – Today, staff at Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto (3080 Bayview Avenue) discovered graffiti on the exterior of the shul, consisting of a swastika as well as the words “Islam will rule” in spray paint. In response, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA), released the following statement:
“Beth Tikvah contacted CIJA this evening for our assistance in responding to this alarming incident. Our primary concern is for the safety of Beth Tikvah, its staff, and congregants. We have been in close contact with police to ensure that immediate measures are being enacted to strengthen Beth Tikvah’s security, as well as Jewish community institutions in general. We will remain vigilant in the wake of this disturbing and offensive event.
“Earlier this week, CIJA issued greetings to our friends in Canada’s Muslim community on the occasion of Ramadan. We know that this outrageous act will be condemned by Canadian Muslims and members of all faith communities who share our commitment to security, peace, and respect for all faiths.”