FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2017
Ottawa, ON – Earlier today, graffiti containing an antisemitic bomb threat was discovered at York University’s Glendon campus, resulting in evacuations. Students were allowed back in the building after police scanned the area.
Hillel Ontario and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)’s Security Team immediately contacted York Security and Toronto Police Services, which have confirmed that they are investigating this as a antisemitic hate crime. Police have asked for the community’s assistance in finding witnesses or anyone with relevant information.
“Jewish Canadians have a right to feel safe in their communities,” said Marc Newburgh, CEO of Hillel Ontario. “This extends to universities and colleges. No student, Jewish or otherwise, should ever feel threatened on campus. Hillel and CIJA are in ongoing communications with York’s Security Department and senior members of the York administration, who have condemned the incident and are taking the matter very seriously.”
“This morning’s bomb threat acts a reminder that, sadly, hate continues to persist, and that we must always remain vigilant in the fight against antisemitism,” said Noah Shack, Interim Vice President, Greater Toronto Area of CIJA. “Our security team is following the matter closely and liaising with Toronto Police Services, which has been very responsive.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
Hillel Ontario strives to inspire every Jewish student in Ontario to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
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