By SHIMON KOFFLER FOGEL
NOV. 19, 2018
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What is now needed is for federal policymakers to prevent similar atrocities by launching a national strategy to combat online hate, writes Shimon Koffler Fogel of CIJA.
OTTAWA—The recent massacre of 11 Jewish-Americans at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue was a painful reminder that anti-Semitism, in its most extreme form, remains a threat to innocent life.
While the Pittsburgh atrocity was the deadliest anti-Semitic crime in American history, similar attacks in the past four years have targeted Jewish institutions in Paris, Brussels, and Copenhagen.
The Canadian-Jewish community has been deeply affected by these acts of mass violence against Jews in other democratic countries. There is increased fear and vigilance among community members, reminded in the wake of Pittsburgh that we are not immune to hate crimes. According to Statistics Canada’s latest data from 2016, an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place roughly every 36 hours in our country. On both per capita and absolute bases, the Jewish community is the most frequently targeted minority in such incidents.